When Josh and I really want to get off the grid, we head 100 miles north of San Francisco to Mendocino County where Anderson Valley delivers a nostalgic version of wine country. Everyone will tell you its what Napa looked like 15-20 years ago. The pinot noirs are delicious, the vineyards are wild and beautiful and the tasting rooms feel like home. For Valentines weekend, we stayed at the most romantic little Airbnb (which I will share in a later post!) and did some relaxing wine tasting through Boonville and Navarro. Fun fact: Boonville has a local dialect called Boontling, a combination of Scottish Gaelic, Irish and Spanish. Whaaaat?!
Here are my favorite wineries and stops along Anderson Valley, along with a link at the bottom to the most darling romper I’ve ever worn. This romper screams wine country. You need one.
First stop: Boonville General Store: Wonderful little cafe with some of the best sandwiches in town. It’s organic, garden to table goodness. Grab a truffle gruyere panini and other goodies for your picnic.
Next, head over to Navarro Vineyards (pictured below), grab a bottle of their estate Gewürztraminer (say that 3 times…or ever) and relax at a picnic table with your sammies. You’ll have a view of the mustard vineyard fields and Babydoll lambs. Yes, you read that correctly. Babydoll lambs are short- legged sheep that help mow the cover crop in their vineyard, but their short stature prevents them from munching the leaves and grapes on the vines. They even have a couple of Babydoll Lamb Cams set up in their barn where you’ll spot newborn twins and even triplets. Seriously, I can’t make this up!
Then, I recommend Lichen Estate which is just down the road from Navarro. Our airbnb had a bottle for us at the house and we enjoyed it so much we had to stop by the winery. They too have lambs which made me very happy. They also have AWESOME wine. So good in fact, that Josh and I walked out with a box and are now proud wine club members…Heyo! The tasting room is tiny and you feel like you are in someone’s home. The owner’s happy labradoodle greeted us at the door (Brodey gave him the Elvis of course) and our host offered us a slice of the most delicious home-made focaccia with our wine which she had baked herself that morning. Just delightful!
If you’re still standing, head over to Goldeneye Winery for one of the most scenic backdrops in Anderson Valley. It’s an idyllic and romantic setting for a sunset tasting. Enjoy!
What I wore: