Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Friendly Tasting Room in Carneros

In August 2010, "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's quarterly newsletter provided an in-depth look at winetasting in the Carneros Region of southern Sonoma and Napa Counties.  At that time, I had yet to visit the tasting room of a new winery, Anaba.  Located near the intersection of Hwy. 121 and Arnold Road in the Sonoma side of Carneros, Anaba offers a variety of whites and reds, including Rhone-Style blends, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Port-style wines.  For those who enjoy sweet wines, Anaba is one of the few wineries in the area to offer tastes of three dessert wines: two port-style wines and a late harvest Viognier.

Upon arrival, the friendly staff will explain the tasting menu to you.  You can then taste at the bar or enjoy a seated tasting in the converted farmhouse or on the patio next to the vineyards.  Being a new winery, the surrounding vineyards are in their infancy.  Within a few years, the vines will be producing grapes for use in Anaba's wines.  Currently, Anaba makes its wines at a different location but plans to build a winery and new tasting room next to their vineyards.

Anaba is open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 60 Bonneau Road.  If you are heading to Carneros via the Golden Gate Bridge and Hwys. 37 & 121, Anaba will be on the left,  past Cornerstone, as 121 turns to the right.