Anderson Valley Guide
We made a few stops through Anderson Valley on our way home from visiting the Mendocino Coast, and man, this place. The rest of the ride home afterwards was just the two of us exclaiming to each other how we couldn't believe we had never heard of it before. Right along the windy 128 is a wine region known for its pinot noir, which after our visit is all we can talk about now. Really people, how did we not know about Anderson Valley?!First stop was Goldeneye. It was familiar; a brand of Duckhorn, it had a very polished Napa feel to it. The individual cards accompanying each of the tastings on a nice serving tray was a classy touch.
Goldeneye9200 Highway 128Philo, CA
Up next was Toulouse. Another car had pulled into the parking lot immediately after us with a couple that started to make their way in, chatting to each other. The husband had a deep southern accent, which of course prompted me to ask where he was from (J tries to distance himself from me in these situations). Their answer of Louisiana made us friends for the rest of the tasting, which an extended tasting on their patio was welcome. It has sweeping views of the valley, oh and good wine too. There are ducks somewhere around the property, surely.
Toulouse Vineyards8001 Highway 128Philo, CA
Husch Winery, stop number three has sheep. We couldn't figure it out, and had every intention of asking about them during our tasting but we never did figure out what their story was. Serving their tasting in a quaint little cottage with antiques scattered around the property, this place was begging for a picnic. Oh, and free tastings. Free, people. Plus, a great dry gewurztraminer that we neeeeded to come home with (not a problem to convince J with a free tasting, did we mention that).
Husch Vineyards4400 Highway 128Philo, CA
Lunchtime followed, and we picked up some cheese, crackers and homemade hummus from Lemons. We had given up meat for Lent, but this place had us kicking ourselves for it since EVERYwhere we mentioned lunch, we were directed to their sandwiches. Next time, Lemons, next time.
Lemons Philo Market8651 Highway 128Philo, CA
Final stops just tend to be favorites, right? Lula, my friends, might just be our new home away from home. Good wine, good hosts, and a puppy. I mean look at her, that's Honey and she just wants to be best friends with anyone who walks in. Wines that are only available in a handful of restaurants in Mendocino or purchased through the winery direct, paired with a winemaker still at the tasting room talking to customers is something that sets this place (along with the rest of the valley) apart from their peers over in Napa and Sonoma. Plus, Honey. Oh, and recipe's that are offered up to pair with each of their wines, we've already got dinner planned for the weekend (hint, hint).
Lula Cellars2800 Guntley RoadPhilo, CA