What you get when driving through Boonville and beyond on Highway 128 through Anderson Valley is a genuine sense of place—the feeling that Mendocino County is a collective group of hardworking individuals who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty when working with the earth—be they apple farmers, grape farmers or otherwise.
As the name suggests, the Santa Rosa Plain neighborhood is the flatter region of the Russian River Valley. Most of these vineyard sites are heavily dominated by the clay-based Huichica soil series.
I’ve been living in Santa Rosa for four and a half years now, and I am continually impressed by the ever-evolving food and drink scene in our town. New restaurants have made the downtown scene a happening place and since 2013, Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Tap Room has been a staple for the local nightlife crowd.
Sure, the wine industry brings visitors like myself to Anderson Valley, but growing grapes and making wine is not all that Anderson Valley is about. If you have ever visited Philo—located in the heart of Anderson Valley—then you know that the region is also home to apple and pear orchards, as well as other agricultural crops, which are sold in quaint farm stands up and down Highway 128.
In the world of California wine, a single-vineyard bottling denotes that 95% of the fruit must be sourced from that vineyard. But what then, does it mean when a bottle is made from a single block? Blocks can be any size, but are individually designated for their distinct terroir.
Throughout the years, the bakery changed hands and names many times, but one thing remained: its presence in the community and consistent supply of wonderfully delicious fresh breads and baked goods.
Experiencing Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is like stepping back in time. . .As the name suggests, Anderson Valley is a narrow valley tucked within the coastal mountain ranges—from the bottom of the valley at Boonville up through Philo and then to the top at Navarro.
Living in wine country, one might wonder why visit a wine bar when you can go directly to the source? With hundreds upon hundreds of wineries in Northern California, the temptation to visit different regions, appellations and wineries is great. But if it’s a widespread view of varieties across California appellations you are looking for, then wine bars are really where it’s at.
Just published today, don't miss Neal Martin's fabulous look at Burgundy 2013 In Bottle, published in our Interim End of November Issue. Here, I've collected the 10 top-scoring Chardonnays from this report, featuring outstanding and extraordinary wines with scores 90 or above—proving that even in a "good rather than great vintage," as Neal Martin states, there are still gems to discover. Enjoy!
In early April this year, I spent a day in Sutter Creek exploring the tiny town’s tasting rooms and eateries. This historic town has a lot to offer, and is absolutely a destination that wine and food lovers should have on their California travel list.