For nearly fifty years, four generations of our family have enjoyed the natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna of Kimmel Ranch. It is a welcome place to gather and and even more stunning place to explore, no matter the season. THEIR PASSIONS: Great Wine, Family, Friends, & the Land.
Since 1982, Duncan Peak Vineyards has specialized in growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah grapes and producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah wines in this estate grown and produced wine property known as Duncan Ranch, at the base of Duncan Peak on the edge of the Sanel Valley near Hopland, California. The grapes are grown with as many sustainable and organic farming techniques as possible.
Famous over the years for Weibel Green Hungarian, now known as GH, and their line of California champagnes and naturally flavored sparkling wines, Weibel Family Wines also include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah from their Estate Vineyard in Mendocino County, California.
Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery. It is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley appellation, located in Mendocino County (Northern California) just 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. The tasting room is in a hobbit cottage straight out of the Shire. Worth stopping just to see it.
People were friendly. The wines were very earthy and herby, almost gamey. Definitely distinctive.
The tasting is free, which is rare even in Anderson Valley, so you have nothing to lose but a little bit of time and room in your stomach for something else.
The Pinot noirs from Jim Ball Vineyards stand apart from many others, even prize-winning cult wines, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most compelling is that they consist exclusively of Estate Fruit. Fruit that is grown on their own land. Fruit that, from bud break to harvest, is farmed exclusively by their in-house team of local vineyard experts. Fantastic tasting experience. Very nice and educated staff. Rather than hope to find fruit that meets their exacting standards purchased from outsiders Jim Ball Vineyards raise the wine themselves from the ground up, from choosing the clone to the pruning to the way the vine and the sun and the earth make the grape.
Established in 1932, Parducci Wine Cellars is the oldest winery in Mendocino County, California's northernmost premium winegrowing region. The winery produces approximately 150,000 cases of premium and super-premium wines and has recently been certified as an organic processor. Parducci's estate vineyard encompasses 30 acres of benchland surrounding the winery. The site boasts gentle slopes and shallow soils ideal for the robust red varieties - Syrah and old-vine Petite Sirah - that comprise the majority of its vines.
Esterlina Vineyards is a family-owned, California boutique winery located near the Mendocino coast, nestled in the highlands above Philo. Esterlina is totally off the beaten path, and we must of driven up and down HWY 128 at least 3 times before we found the right street to turn off. But when we made the windy drive up the hill, it was all worth it. What a spectacular view of the valley from up there! This winery was a sweet recommendation from a friend. I suggest making reservations before you come, especially since it is off the main highway and a bit hidden to find. This place is dog friendly, with outdoor seating and a beautiful view of the valley. It's casual, welcoming, and the best part, not stuffy!
Harmonique is a joint effort between long-time Anderson Valley winemaker Robert Klindt and wine aficionado Bruce Conzelman. Over the last 20 years, Robert has established a reputation for himself as a winemaker who can get the best from the available fruit through patience and careful blending. Robert has won many accolades for his Claudia Springs Winery Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Viognier. Bruce brings to the partnership a vast knowledge and love of Pinot Noir, enjoying wines from Burgundy to Oregon to California. Recognizing the potential for Pinot Noir in the cool climate of Anderson Valley, he teamed up with Robert to produce wines that would be on a par with any in the world.
This is a tiny wine tasting room, just next to the old School House in Hopland. You miss it in the blink of an eye and probably wouldn't see it unless you were looking for it. While the tasting room can't compare to most of the extravagantly decorated & spacious wineries we've been to, you quickly forget that as you begin to taste. This really is a three family winery, and it's so cool to hear the stories of how the families got into this business. It's clear this is their passion and it shows through their wines and in the energy of their people. Shares a tasting room with Dogwood Cellars. So they taste two labels.
Rosati Wine enthusiasts describe the wine as a complex, dark and earthy flavor likened to blackberries, plums, and boysenberries. Wines are stored for 18-20 months in the finest once or twice used French Oak cooperage. Typically, five years post harvest, the Rosati’s release their wines to top tier restaurants, wine bars and retail establishments.
This is classic, California Cabernet, upfront oak and spicy flavors are best paired with elegant, sophisticated and intense meals.