In no particular order, I’ve made a list of the top six most eclectic Russian River Valley wineries, which is no easy feat. With over 100 wineries in the Russian River Valley AVA, there are a lot of choices. These are off the beaten path wineries with stellar wines, avant-garde winemakers, friendly down-to-earth folk and inviting and fun tasting rooms.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are highly revered here, and comprise over 70% of the vineyard plantings. Cool climate varietals such as Syrah and Zinfandel make a good showing, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Sirah.
#1 Moshin Winery – Tucked off River Road, it’s easy to miss the entrance. Look for the giant iron butterfly hovering above the road. Moshin pours several amazing Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, a Sparkling Blanc de Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and a late harvest Zinfandel dessert wine. The tasting room is adorned with local artwork and features a small gift shop. Super fun way to spend an afternoon! www.moshinvineyards.com
#2 Porter Creek Vineyards – Stay on Westside Road a mile or so and you’ll arrive at Porter Creek. The long dirt driveway leads to a vintage outbuilding-style tasting room next to the exotic chicken house. Large enough for about 10 people, the view from the tasting room rivals the best view in the valley. The tasting lineup is sure to please every palate. Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Old Vine Carignane and Old Vine Zinfandel. Plus, super friendly hosts! www.portercreekvineyards.com [Read more…]