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Saracina Vineyards

Saracina wine production focuses on Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Roussanne, Syrah, and Zinfandel grapes for their historical significance in Mendocino County and for the tremendous potential they have to produce world-class wines. By sourcing from the extreme meso-climates and soil types in Mendocino County -- from the foggy coastal zones of Anderson Valley to the mountaintop high above the Ukiah Valley, down to the day-time warmth of the inland valleys -- Saracina Vineyards is able to create more stylish and inherently interesting wines.

Husch Vineyards

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.

Jim Ball Vineyards

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.

Breggo Cellars

A benchmark Anderson Valley vineyard, Breggo Cellars acquired the Savoy Vineyard in April 2011.
Planted by Richard Savoy in 1991, the vineyard is located very close to the
valley’s mid-point, just west of the town of Philo. Breggo continues to
sell fruit from Savoy to many of the highly esteemed wineries that helped build the vineyard’s
reputation, including Littorai and Radio Coteau, as well as to some newcomers like Kutch,
Auteur, and Peay.

Londer Vineyards

Larry and Shirlee are the owners and founders of Londer Vineyards. They began their quest for vineyard property in 1997, settling in Anderson Valley in 2000 on a 53-acre rural estate about five miles north of Philo. They were embraced by the wine business farming culture in the small isolated valley and quickly became involved in all aspects of the winegrowing community.

Jeriko Estate

The grounds are gorgeous, as is the tasting room. Very elegant and spacious. Our wine Diva was Linda, who was one of the most informative and fun wine pros we had met. She schooled us in such a fun and creative way we almost didn't want to leave!

Vin De Tevis

Dos Rios wines are grown on river canyon terraced vineyards at 1200 feet elevation in poor, fast draining soil. Here, cool nights and warm afternoons are accompanied by persistent wind. Hand picked fruit and ferment in 250-gallon open top tanks before barrel aging Vin De Tevis wines upwards of 39 months.

Mariah Vineyards

Dan and Vicki Dooling originally planted the Mariah Vineyard in 1980 and continue to manage it today, along with their children. The Mariah Vineyard sits 2,600 feet above sea level in the Mendocino Ridge appellation. The Mendocino Ridge is unique in the world, as the vineyards must be above 1,200 feet. Situated on the rugged North Coast, just above the fog line. The Mariah Vineyard has sparse soils and is warmed each day before the maritime breezes are drawn westward and cool the vineyard, allowing the grapes to rest each night. These conditions prove challenging for growing grapes but result in fruit with intensity and rich, complex flavors.

Golden Vineyards

Golden Vineyards is the gorgeous byproduct of two individuals who, when spliced together, make for one very passionate winegrower. Let’s start with Joe. Joe loves wine. No, seriously—the man’s a little obsessed. He started a wine club at Stanford before he was old enough to drink the stuff. Julie, on the other hand, was born in Mendocino County, raised in an old farm house overlooking her family’s vineyard. The view from her kitchen window was row upon row of vines leading to the hills beyond.

Golden Vineyard's wine can't come to your glass right now. Their grapes are still working their magic in the barrels transforming into something very, very beautiful. Though you may have tasted their fruit in the wines of a number of well know California wines. You can visit so as to be contacted when they are ready at www.goldencelars.com

Frey Vineyards

Beautiful vineyard and land. Frey produces organic and biodynamic wines- and is the oldest organic winery in the country. The Frey family, 10 out of 12 children run the vineyard and live on the 90 acres. The wine was tasty. I haven't had a lot of organic wines but I liked the organic Zin and biodynamic Petite Syrah.

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