Do you desire a refreshing January, and to forge ahead with enthusiasm for a fresh start? Maybe you just yearn for a little something extra? December’s holiday season makes way for January’s new beginnings. What is it that you wish for in the next 12 months? For us, we wish to share with you the beauty in our lives while maintaining the tranquility that makes it so special! If you want to experience “ridge-life” for yourself, we now offer tent glamping during the warmer months in Philo!
Our sweet little valley is calm and quiet during the first month of the new year. We prepare for our Winter White Wine Festival, previously Alsace Fest, and invite white wine fans from all over the world to participate; we locals call it daily living. The rains come and turn forests bright green; mushrooms start to pop, and people drink wine by the fire for warmth and coziness.
In Anderson Valley, we focus on Riesling and other aromatic white wines in February and Pinot Noir in May (Pinot Fest). February we hope you join us for our White Wine Weekend, and if you cannot join us online most Friday’s we cheer from our kitchen to yours to celebrate wines from Mendocino County.
Cellar Treasures & Mendocino Bounty
Reach into the cellars of any ridge folk and you will find delicate Riesling ripe for drinking. Riesling does not always have to be sweet. It varies in flavor and can be bone dry and even sparkle. Whatever your assumptions about white wine, especially Riesling, I dare you to try something new. You might be pleasantly surprised.
In addition to wine from the cellar, neighbors often will bring crab and mushrooms from recent adventures!
Come find a myriad of mushrooms popping out this time of year. Join us for a hike in person or via Facebook & Instagram live. Winemaker Andy will take you on his favorite mushroom-hunting trails and describes what he finds!
Did you know that you can age white wine? If the bottle is made and stored correctly, it will become fuller bodied over time and grow in lusciousness. Take our 2014 Bee Hunter Dry Riesling. It is tasting better than it ever has. The acidity has mellowed over time giving more attention to the subtle flavors hidden in the grapes.
You do not need to take my word for it. Next time you purchase a Riesling, preferably from Anderson Valley but any world-renowned region will do, get some extra and open a bottle each year and compare your tasting notes from year to year. Like a detective, you will be able to discover the wonders of well-aged white wine.