Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This past weekend, we drove through the Anderson Valley on our way to the spectacular Mendocino County coast.  We stopped at three wineries to taste, Foursight, Witching Stick, and Lula.  At Foursight and Witching Stick, the owners were behind the bar in the tasting rooms.  At Lula, we talked with the owner while he was punching down his fermenting grapes from his Mystery Block.  This is an experience that one seldom gets in Napa and Sonoma Counties these days.  Tasting fees were $10 or less at each winery and were refunded with a purchase of a bottle of wine.  This is the way tastings used to work in Napa and Sonoma before so many visitors started to descend upon the Valleys.

The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir and Alsatian varietals, e.g., Riesling and Gewurztraminer.  If you like these types of wine and small, unpretentious wineries, check out this beautiful part of Northern California.  There is limited lodging in the Valley but plenty of places to stay our on the coast in the towns of Elk, Albion, Little River, Mendocino, and Fort Bragg.

Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel offers a two-day, one-night tour of the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino County coast.  This can be extended if so desired.  For more information call (415) 337-1874 or email Rick@BlueHeronTours.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Once again, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel was awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. Thanks to our many guests for posting reviews. 

Saturday, April 02, 2016

April 2016 "Rick's Tips" - "Spring Flowers"

The latest edition of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's free newsletter is available.  This issue covers good places to see "Spring Flowers."  Check it out by clicking here.  You will learn about beautiful gardens at wineries in Sonoma County, a botanical garden not far from the Anderson Valley wineries in Mendocino County, and spectacular daffodils near the Shenandoah Valley wineries in Amador County.  Also featured are gardens in San Francisco and elsewhere in the Bay Area.

If you would like to take a private wine country tour that includes some of the gardens mention in the newsletter, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours & Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.