Monday, September 10, 2007

Revisiting the Anderson Valley

The August 2006 edition of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's free, quarterly newsletter of fun things to do in Northern California, covered winetasting in the Anderson Valley. (To see this issue of "Rick's Tips, click here.) Recently, I returned to the Anderson Valley and visited some new wineries.

Meyer Family Cellars is a small winery in Yorkville Highlands that currently produces Syrah and a Zinfandel-based Port. Soon the winery will release its Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. We tasted both the Mendocino County Syrah and the California Port. Not being a Port fan I won't comment on that wine, but the Syrah was fruit forward and delicious. The tasting room is very pleasant and the staff knowledgeable.

We tried to visit Claudia Springs Winery on our last visit, but it had moved from the location indicated on our map. Located west of Philo, the new tasting room features wines from both Claudia Springs and Harmonique. Claudia was staffing the room on our visit and guided our tasting through a large selection of wines. The tasting room is open from 11:00 to 5:00 from Friday through Monday during the summer and from Friday through Sunday in the winter.

We also visited Standish Winery, which has a tasting room in an old apple drier. The setting was rustic, but the Pinot Noir quite good. We finally got to taste a couple of Lazy Creek's Pinot Noirs and made a return visit to Yorkville Cellars.

More information on Mendocino County Wineries can be found at the Mendocino Wine Grape and Wine Commission's website.

If you would like to visit Mendocino County's wine country, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel can help plan your vacation. For more information, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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