Been to Napa and Sonoma many times, but never Mendocino. We're heading there the end of January during the Crab and Wine festival. Would appreciate suggestions on anything we shouldn't miss - wine, food, anything else. Thanks, Manny
Mendocino Crab and Wine Festival - January 2012 - looking for suggestions
- Reply by EMark, Jan 10, 2012.
Boy, am I envious. I had never heard of the Mendocino Crab and Wine Festival. So, I did the Google thing and learned a bit about it.
It's been a few years, but my wife and I have done a bit of road traveling in that area. The last few times we've rented houses in the town of Gualala. A very fun way to do it. I'm reluctant to give dining recommendations, because restaurants tend go go out of business fairly quickly, and, odds are that a place that I liked five years ago closed three years ago. To wit, I don't think Pangaea in Gualala is a survivor. However, I can confidently recommend St. Orres in Gualala and Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino. Both of these places are very popular and very well known. So, getting a table during the festival may be difficult. You might consider calling now for reservations.
The Navarro river flows to the Pacific ocean just south of the town of Mendocino. State Route 128 takes you along the river from the ocean through a magnificent redwood forest through the Anderson Valley and the towns of Philo and Booneville. For my money it is one of the most beatiful drives in California.
There are a number of wineries in or near Anderson Valley (some of which I see are featured at festival events). Some of the better known of these would be Goldeneye, Husch, Navarro and Roederer Estate. Anderson Valley is, of course, Pinot Noir country. However, I have also found excellent examples of Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Enjoy your trip, Manny, and please come back here and tell us about it.