One County, Two Personalities and a Mountain!
|Touring The Vineyards In Mendocino!|
You see the county has a split personality, which can be expected from a place whose primary cash crop is marijuana!
|Over Looking The East Side Of Mendocino!|
The East side of Mendocino is like Sonoma in culture and wines. In fact, if you like the laid back attitude of Sonoma you'll love the east side of Mendocino, where they take laid back to a whole new level. They have the same types of wines as Sonoma and they're excellent, which makes this a perfect wine country trip!
|Barra's Wine Maker Gave Us A Tour!|
|Parducci Wine Cellars!|
|Nelson Family Vineyards & Dog!!|
If you go left coming out of Sonoma you're on highway 128 which takes you through the Anderson Valley. This coastal side of Mendocino is prettier than the east side and in a lot of ways it's Napa's little sister. And like Napa, it's much more uptight and expensive. And that’s why the county has a split personality!
But if you're a Pinot and Champagne lover, this is the place for you! They’re the vast majority of wines being produced in the Anderson Valley. The weather is a little cooler, which makes it perfect for the grapes used in those wines.
|Tasting Wine At Breggo Cellars!|
|Wine From The Barrel At Toulouse!|
|Esterlina's Deck Overlooking The Valley!|
|On The Lawn At Goldeneye!!|
And now for that mountain!!!
We were in Ukiah and decided to go to the coastal side for some tastings and to have dinner along the coast. That was the plan until we drove over the mountain. I've been on mountain roads but highway 253 with its sharp curves, sheer drop offs, blind corners and steep inclines was one of the scariest. And it didn’t help that brother-in-law/ designated driver Joe likes to sightsee as he drives.
|Celebrating Crossing The Mountain!!|
Go to Mendocino, it’s a great wine trip. But remember its basically two different wine areas with a split personality. And beware of the mountain!
The Neighborhood Wine Porch Party!!
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