We take you on a wine tasting adventure along California’s Highway 128 through giant redwood trees to rolling vineyards in Mendocino County to the Anderson Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) where we share fun facts from an experience among the Pinot Noir vineyards of Goldeneye Winery in Philo, including why one acre of Gewurztraminer is planted here. Beyond the James Bond movie reference, this winery is actually named after a species of duck as part of the prestigious Duckhorn family of wine brands. The Anderson Valley AVA is known primarily for its Pinot Noir and sparkling wines, located 10-15 miles (16-24 km) from the Pacific Ocean. These thinner-skinned grapes flourish in this particular region because the fog that follows the Navarro River in from the coast helps to keep them cooler in less direct sun.

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