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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightCalifornia

The Next Napa Valley?

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  • Publish Date: Mar 17, 2009

About two hours North of San Francisco and 30 miles east of Mendocino, the Anderson Valley remains an untarnished gem that is producing some most excellent wine, and sits at the center of the bio-dynamic and organic farming movement. Around here, grapes are harvested in accordance with sugar levels and lunar cycles. The Anderson Valley is how wine country should be: low key, personable and totally relaxing. Driving down 128 West you’ll head straight up the narrow, rolling, valley floor with hilly vineyards framing your view. Traffic is non-existent and cell phone reception spotty (a sometimes-welcomed rarity). For those seeking a destination that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and where the people are genuine and local the Anderson Valley is for you. With Mendocino and the dramatic Pacific Coast only a short drive away, it's easy to make a weekend out of this trip. Another plus—you’ll undoubtedly leave with a greater appreciation for California Pinot Noir. Start Planning your trip! Visit the Anderson Valley Wine Growers website for a list of area wineries, lodging and events. Want to Sample Some Product? Navarro, Golden Eye and Esterlina are some of our favorites.

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Mar 18, 2009
I visited the Anderson Valley last Fall. Beautiful--and yes, the Pinot is excellent.

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Mar 17, 2009
Great article! Looking forward to visiting the Anderson Valley

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Which of these is NOT a French wine region?