Our family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Anderson Valley in coastal Mendocino since 1974. We spend a lot of time checking out weather reports. Not one harvest has been like another. How does a farmer deal with the unpredictability of the elements in Mendocino? Diversification helps: different clones, different rootstock and different varieties bud out and ripen at different times, spreading the risk of weather glitches. The twelve bottlings released last holiday season are a testimony to diversity: aromatic whites with no strong oak to muddle the fruit; bargain-priced dry whites; hearty reds, punched-down by hand and aged in oak; dessert wines kissed with the noble rot; fresh, non-alcoholic grape juices.

Navarro Vineyards & Winery / 5601 Hwy 128 / Philo, CA 95466 / (800) 537-9463

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