Monday, September 21, 2009

Two New Tasting Rooms in Boonville

Over the past few months, two wineries have opened tasting rooms in Boonville: Londer Vineyards and Foursight Wines. Londer's tasting room was just one week old when we visited earlier this month. The building that houses the tasting room was still being worked on and there was no sign of the planned art gallery.

Both tasting rooms are friendly and unpretentious. Tasting fees, if they decide to charge them, are nominal. Both wineries specialize in Pinot Noir. Londer also makes Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. Foursight also produces Sauvignon Blanc and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.

Both wineries are family owned, with two generations of Londers involved in their winery and two generations of the Charles family working at Foursight. The winemaker at Foursight is Kristy Charles' husband, Joe Webb, who also is assistant winemaker at Londer and frequently can be found in the Londer tasting room.

Both winery's produce terrific wines, though different. Stop in at both and decide which you prefer. Londer's tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Foursight is open Friday through Monday at the same times.

I've now been to all of the tasting rooms in the Anderson Valley that do not require appointments to taste plus a couple that do. So, if you want to take a private tour of the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coast that features the best of the valley, please contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or at Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Barbecue on the Coast

If you travel to or from the Anderson Valley via the coast, you will pass through the small town of Gualala. There's not much to see in town -- just a bunch of shops and small strip malls spread along the sides of Route 1. However, at the south end of town we found a surprise overlooking the ocean -- a barbecue joint.

One doesn't usually associate the California coast with barbecue; coastal cuisine predominates. So looking for lunch and finding Bones Roadhouse was a pleasant surprise. Here we found good beer on tap; lots of Texas-style, wood-pit BBQ'd pork, chicken, ribs, and brisket; burgers; the usual sides; and an assortment of bar food. To top it off, you can gaze out over the Pacific while enjoying some pretty good barbecue. You can't do that in Texas!

If you find yourself passing through Gualala at lunch time, give Bones a try. If you're in town during the evening, you might find live music. Bones is at 39350 S. Highway One, but the address is not of much use. Just look for the restaurant on the west side of Highway One, just north of the Gualala River bridge. The phone number is (707) 884-1188.

If you would like to take a private tour of the Sonoma and Mendocino coast and the Anderson Valley that includes a stop at Bones Roadhouse, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 327-4237 (toll free) or at Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.