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May 22, 2012 05:44 PM

Wineries/Vinyards and other foodie destinations en route to Mendocino

I'll be taking a weekend road trip with my girlfriend from San Fran to Mendocino this summer and I'm looking for suggestions of great wineries (preferably small producers with tastings and lunch pairings) as well as other interesting food & drink destination stops along the way.


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  1. Lunch pairings, sadly, don't usually go along with small producers, as its hard to coordinate. No winery that's open that way has my heart as it were, but here are a few that are pretty good (Anderson Valley Brewing Co. for beer is super awesome fyi!):

    Roederer - sparkling
    Goldeneye - really pricey pinots, but beautiful patio
    Tolouse - really down to earth winery, wine's are good but don't really stand out
    Husch - a large producer that has some good wines among its selection

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Thanks very much!

      I pulled up some old threads about wineries and food stops in Healdsburg which is en route... not sure if they're still relevant but I'm digging through them now.

      1. re: OliverB

        Oliver, so far folks seem to be interpreting your question as asking for advice on wineries in Mendocino County (which is covered on the California board and those answers for Anderson Valley, Boonville, and Yorkville spots risk deletion from this thread). The range of the SF Bay Area board extends about 100 miles north of San Francisco up to the Sonoma County-Mendocino County border.

        Were you planning to drive up Hwy 1 all the way or take Hwy 101 and cut over? You'll pass through different parts of Marin County and Sonoma County on your way to Mendocino. If you're taking 101, yes, Healdsburg will be en route and is discussed on this board.

    2. Booneville hotel restaurant used to be super good and well-priced. I haven't been there for maybe 5-6 years. Still open? Still good?

      1. I think you're missing the big one: Navarro. I go for their dessert wines.

        Breggo has a remarkable Pinot Gris.

        Toulouse's white Muscat is absolutely refreshing, and rarely found. Nice people.

        Love Roederer in general, but the wines have been awful last two times I was there.

        Goldeneye (Duckhorn's sister winery) has a tasting, but the Pinots are a bit thin.

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        1. re: maria lorraine

          Dessert wines reminds me! Meyer family is out that way - really like their port.

          1. re: maria lorraine

            The suggestions by Maria are spot on, I also really like the Pinot Noir from Toulouse and Phillips Hill. I am surprised nobody has mentioned the absolute best Mexican I have had in Northern Ca.
            Libby's in Philo on the way to Mendocino is really good. The carnitas and al pastor are to die for. Don't miss it but be sure to fit into their lunch or dinner times. They close promptly in the middle of the afternoon.