Beaver Creek Vineyard's staff, helmed by grower Martin Pohl, cultivates grapes on more than 185 acres without artificial fertilizers or pesticides, and ferments them into certified organic wines free from commercial additives. The 2007 cabernet sauvignon traces its roots back to the hills of Horne Ranch in Lake County, where grapes grow in a blend of volcanic soil and mountain-valley loam, learning to sing Motown hits from their California Raisin cousins. After 14 months aging in 50% new American oak barrels, the biodynamic libation unleashes a taste bouquet featuring hints of tobacco, sweet oak, and cherries. Following Beaver Creek's USDA organic certification and Demeter Biodynamic certification, winemakers ferment their blends using only native yeasts, leave each barrel unfiltered, and prohibit robots with artificial intelligence from attending estate tastings.
Williamson Wines' small-batch wines start on its 12 vineyards, which span roughly 200 acres throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. The lush terrain's grapes have produced vintages from the CMH Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Napa, which earned a gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, to the Embrace Grenache 2011, which delights palates with hints of toffee apple. To taste these creations, clients order bottles in the online store or head to the winery's tasting room nestled in downtown Healdsburg. There, wine samples are complemented by perfectly-paired food samples.
Tucked away along 11 rolling acres of the Russian River Valley, Christopher Creek Winery's vines have been producing boutique, hand-crafted varietals since 1974. Over the years, these award-winning wines have drawn visitors to the winery's rustic tasting room, where their signature estate Syrah can be sipped poolside, or enjoyed with a picnic on the grass.