Mendocino County

2018-19 Guide

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W I N E C O U N T R Y & N O R T H E R N m e n d o c i n o c o u n t y 3 R E D W O O D V A L L E Y Ukiah/Redwood Valley wine regions are located in California's northernmost grape-growing climate, situated at the boundary of the coastal rain forest. The Redwood Valley receives heavy winter rainfall that depletes the soil, forcing the grapevines to struggle. This produces complex flavors in the wines that are definitely elegant and easy to pair with all your favorite foods. U K I A H Touted as one of the "Best Small Towns of California," Ukiah offers unique and varied dining, sophisticated shopping and complimentary tasting in the many outstanding wineries in the surrounding area. Downtown Ukiah revolves around the historic County Courthouse. School Street features cafés, coffee houses, organic brewpubs, gift shops and boutiques. Grace Hudson Museum offers stunning cultural exhibits and gifts. W I L L I T S Willits has a charm all its own in the "Heart of Mendocino County." You're surrounded by majestic redwoods, wild rivers and jaw-dropping scenery for hiking or cruising to the magnificent Mendocino Coast. This friendly community boasts great restaurants plus unique art to wear, gift shops and Spas. Enjoy State parks, outdoor recreation and attractions to include The Skunk Train, Mendocino County Museum and Ridgewood Ranch, home to Seabiscuit, the famous depression-era racehorse. WELCOME TO MENDOCINO COUNT Y WINE COUNTRY A N D E R S O N V A L L E Y Simply spectacular, the Anderson Valley fills a unique niche in both time and place. As a coastal valley traversing the interior of Mendocino County towards the coast, it is warm and sunny with wonderful views in all directions. From deep redwood stands on one side to pastoral rolling hills and vineyards on the other, this valley is indeed a one-of-a-kind adventure. The boutique wineries and sparkling wine cellars here are legendary. Famous for Pinot Noirs, the valley is home to many world-class winemakers who continually experiment with the exceptional grapes grown in the area's varied micro-climates. Picnic destinations include the acclaimed Hendy Woods State Park with its magnificent redwoods and the many exceptional rural winery settings. B O O N V I L L E According to Sunset Magazine, "New storefronts and fresh faces are giving this one-horse town a buzzier vibe…" like Fish Rock Farm Girls, Farmhouse Mercantile and many more. A crop of next-generation Anderson Valley kids have moved back home to open businesses for the visitors. Hang with locals and enjoy lunch or dinner at The Bewildered Pig, Lauren's, Lizbby's, The Buckhorn and the Saturday morning farmers' market. This is major sparkling and Pinot country, and you can also taste the bright, pink Bite Hard cider plus Pennyroyal Farms sheep and goat's milk cheeses in their newly opened creamery. H O P L A N D Hopland is justly proud of the outstanding wine and beer it produces The lush vineyards surrounding Hopland spread east to Fetzer and McDowell Valley Vineyards. To the west are groves of grandfather vines used to make the exceptional wines at Milano Winery and Nelson Family Vineyards. Wine and food tasting will most certainly be a highlight of your trip.

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