Anderson Valley Wine

Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California. It’s considered one of the coolest regions in the state, with dense areas of fog, cool winds and rain, with just enough sun to favor conditions for a long growing season, leading to balanced acid structure in the grapes. 

Anderson Valley is named for a mid 1800s pioneer family who isolated themselves from the rest of the frontier packs and were drawn to the valley’s natural beauty, fertile grounds and abundant wildlife. Soon, other settlers, mainly the Swiss and those from the Eastern US, came to join them. Most early attempts at wine-making failed due to cold and frost conditions near the valley floor. It wasn’t until the 1890s that an influx of Italian immigrants found their to the valley and settled in the Greenwood Ridge section, which is considerably higher, sunnier and warmer than the lower parts of the valley. These immigrants are credited with starting the practice of commercial Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Anderson Valley View all

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

  • Harmonique

    "Producers have turned The Valley’s pristine cool climate grapes into honest wines. Sophisticated...

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Fulcrum Wines

    The real impetus for Fulcrum Wines is to produce California Pinot Noirs that are in balance for c...

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

    Lazy Creek Vineyards is named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre ranch locate...

  • Mark Moretti Winery

    Mark Moretti Founder, Proprietor Mark launched the winery in 2006 after his earlier winemaking h...

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • NG is actually a fan of almost all of LIOCO's wines.  I got the email ... to my liking was the 2008 Anderson Valley PN.  A bit overcooked for my taste.   I do like the Indica Roses as a rule, and did taste the 2013 with a friend.  The chards are usually fantastic, excellent acidity, nice bright lemon notes as a rule. Nice write-up and pictures... Read More

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  • DM, well maybe a little ;) The Chard and Salad were one with each other. Just a ... ... was no exception.DV, the Anderson Valley PN was my favorite of the two although the Laguna had a great ripeness to it without being overblown, heavy, cola or high alc. Their winemaker is John Raytek of Ceritas. The ownersare the  former wine buyer for Spago ... Read More

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  • From the "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then" file come ... chalk.  2012 LIOCO Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Klint Vineyard - AV nose, savory earthy, fresh strawberry, cherry and red plum. Light to med bodied. Very expressive.  A cheese plate was paired with the Carignane which came from a keg.2012 LIOCO 'Sativa' Carignane Mendocino C... Read More

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  • Hello, EMark.  Thank you for the welcome.It is sometimes awkward, this Internet forum kind of thing, isn't it?   I have often observed very unfortunate exchanges between members of various forums ... usually due to the inability of each to hear the nuanced inflections of the other's voice or see the wry smirk that might normally accompany a very... Read More

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  • No fair that people on the E. Coast are opening or even finishing their bottles ... biggest fan of the '08 Anderson Valley PNs ever.  That was the year, for those who forgot, of the big fires that made all the grapes kind of smoky.  Lots of brutal selection, some wines didn't get made or were made in small quantities.  Anyway, I've had some tha... Read More

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  • Duckhorn Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Decoy 2008


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  • Champ de Reves Pinot Noir 2010


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  • Well we are back from the Glen Ellen/Kenwood trip. We found a few wines we ... ... ... I'd purchase. The Anderson Valley pinot was actually very nice, but at $65/bottle, I can do WAY better.All in all, it was a relaxing trip, and we enjoyed the scenery of the area as well as many of the people we met along the way.  But I have to say that nex... Read More

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  • We ate at my favorite spot last night. This was just great. A little riper ... little riper than normal for Anderson Valley but wonderful savory notes. It just blossomed over the course(s) of dinner. &nbs Read More

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  • Ask and you shall receive: 2012 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Brosseau ... ... abv. Seamless expression of Anderson Valley fruit with absolutely no rough edges, adds a touch of cherry on the finish. Great food wine and a value play to boot. Must hit the reload button. Wow!  &nbs Read More

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