Mendocino & The Anderson Valley
t’s the quintessential California road trip—rugged coastlines, redwood trees, and sundrenched mountains—made blissful by Mendocino’s extraordinary sparkling wines. A single ribbon of highway winds through the Anderson Valley, passing idyllic country towns and hidden-gem wineries along the way. Glamp it up at one of the chic wilderness outposts or get cozy in one of the area’s historic hotels. A walk in Hendy Woods State Park—where the redwoods meet the madrones—is the perfect way to refresh the soul and immerse yourself in the area’s natural beauty. As the valley’s morning fog lifts, begin your tasting adventure with Roederer Estate to experience the crisp precision and luxurious, fine-beaded bubbles of the French wine house’s estate-grown sparkling wines. Meticulous organic and biodynamic farming and thoughtful winemaking create sparkling wines that balance delicate acidity, complex flavors, and creamy mouthfeel—and have set the bar quite high. Then, make your way East along Highway 128 to Scharffenberger Cellars, where the layered flavors and luxurious textures of the estate’s two iconic sparkling wines—NV Brut Excellence and NV Brut Rosé Excellence—will leave you breathless. They’re simply that good. Ever dream of waking up in a vineyard? After you sample Lichen Estate’s vibrant wines—known for their vineyard expression and purity—get cozy in the winery’s charming craftsman cottage. Sip at your leisure on the private porch. We hear that bubbles taste best amid the vines.
Lichen: Jacob Hernandez, Niner: Niner Estates
ABOVE: Lichen Estate’s sparkling wines express a sense of place and purity; LEFT: Roederer Estate Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich enjoys a glass of Brut Rosé; BOTTOM: Early morning fog covers the Anderson Valley