Last Spring I took a little side trip with some friends to spend a few days in Anderson Valley. We drove about an hour north from Geyserville through beautiful scenery to get there. The region is most known for its Pinot Noirs and growing some of the best Pinot grapes around.
We checked into the Boonville Hotel, run by Johnny and Marcus, two very lovely gentlemen. The hotel has a charming, rustic feel and we got to stay in some of their super cool bungalows. I felt like I was away at a very expensive summer camp.
After checking in we went out to do a bit of wine tasting. Our first stop was Baxter Tasting Room. The owner Phil Baxter happened to be in that day and he is a friend of ours as well as a fantastic winemaker. We tasted through his pinots and of course purchased a few bottles.
Just up the road is another awesome winemaker, Toby Hill, who makes Phillips Hill Pinot Noirs. He has a very rustic and warm tasting room, run by another old friend Mark Fredrick. Mark is super knowledgeable about wine, and just about everything else. It’s always a treat to taste with Mark.
And last but not least, no trip to the Anderson Valley is complete without a visit to Roederer! A lovely tasting room with beautiful grounds and spectacular views. It’s a great place to end your tasting day with a bottle of bubbles!
So get to the Anderson Valley when you can, it’s worth the trip.