Discovering "The Other Wine Country" in Anderson Valley, California
It ain’t easy to reach the Anderson Valley, but it’s worth every twisting turn through the oak-studded hills surrounding Hwy 128 to sample some of Northern California’s best pinots and Alsatian varietals. Rugged mountains surround the 25-mile-long valley, which stretches northwest along the winding Navarro River toward Mendocino. The unpretentious wineries here are the polar opposite of what you find in frou-frou Napa, and they feel like what they actually are: farms. Pick up a bottle and picnic by the river at Navarro River Redwoods State Park. Then head back to bucolic Boonville and ascend the mountains, via Hwy 253, toward Ukiah and Hwy 101.