An hour after passing the more famous
Valley and already discovered Alexander Valley,
we come along the lesser known and therefore less crowded
where you can still get free wine tasting.
It is here that you drive through the town of Anderson Valley , home of Navarro Winery Philo
where you may be lucky enough to find the owner himself pouring and sharing his knowledge on the different wines and grape juices.
Yes, grape juices that will give kids and designated drivers their own tasting experience.
I was first introduced to Navarro Winery at Firefly Restaurant in
years ago when I ordered a glass of their gewürztraminer grape juice and just
fell in love at first sip over this sweet and refreshing ambrosia. So when I came across the actual winery on the
way to Mendocino a year later, it was the perfect stop to pick up a few bottles
of their grape juice which has since expanded to include a pinot noir and the
sour verjus grape juice. San Francisco
you can enjoy a leisurely picnic on their beautiful immaculate grounds surrounded by their vineyard, lavender and fruit trees. With a choice of picnic tables and benches under an arbor,
metal tables and chairs for two tucked into the nooks and crannies of the lavender, curved benches just to relax
or the additional seating by the fountain across the lot, you almost feel as if you are in your own little world.
Sonoma and Alexander
Valley of 20 years ago unpretentious is a destination in itself or a
perfect stop on the way to Mendocino. Anderson Valley