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

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