This fresh, elegant wine hails from Anderson Valley, the stunning wine region in coastal Mendocino County, two hours north of San Francisco. Crisp and complex, with layers of pear and spice flavors, the wine is a perfect complement to everything from local Dungeness crab to buttered popcorn.
A visit to the winery in the town of Philo is well worth the drive, too, not only for a chance to taste the full lineup of Roederer Estate’s delicious French-influenced wines (the winery is owned by French Champagne producer Louis Roederer), but also to marvel at the region’s majestic redwoods and undulating terrain.
Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal region, where ocean fog rolls in from the ocean to blanket hushed redwood forests, and whales spout offshore. Along the coast, artists set up their easels to paint scenes of crashing surf and whitewashed cottages wrapped in rose-filled gardens.
Each year, December through May, look to the sea to witness roughly 15,000 gray whales swimming south for the summer.
It’s also a place where a new generation of farmers and winemakers focus on preserving the land as well as producing amazing food and wine. Favorite escapes include the romantic hamlet of Mendocino, roughly a 3-hour drive up the coast from San Francisco, and Eureka, a former logging town 2 hours further north, and the gateway to breathtaking Redwoods National and State Parks.
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