Grape enthusiasts with a taste for handmade California white wines made in little, artisanal batches have actually unquestionably explored both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley in their search for the ideal glass of white wine. And rightfully so. The two areas are world famous for the quality of the wines they produce. However do not forget about San Rafael. Located simply 12 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and 27 miles south of Sonoma, San Rafael is an excellent place to spend an afternoon discovering and sampling white wines native to California’s Pacific Coast.
It’s no secret that San Rafael wineries take advantage of the location’s fertile farmland and moderate Mediterranean-like environment. In fact, Marin County (which includes an obligation of cities that includes San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Corte Madera) has actually remained in the wine-making business since the 19th century. Throughout the years, vintners have actually flourished from the bountiful orchards, vineyards and, more recently, from the commitment to natural culture. Something is specific, outside of Northern California’s well known Wine Country, the vineyards of San Rafael and surrounding Marin County can’t be beat.
The Marin County Winegrowers Association has been hosting a gathering of regional farmers and wineries considering that 2005. It is a collective occasion that promotes the variety of homegrown red wines (and food). It is an outstanding chance for visitors to sample red wines from all the local vineyards.
But don’t stress if your schedule precludes you from attending this yearly gala red wine tasting event. San Rafael and the surrounding location is a convenient location for fast red wine tasting journeys throughout the year. Here’s just a little sample of wineries worth checking out:
Mount Tamalpais Vineyards, San Anselmo, (415) 455-9463
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn and Winery, 12700 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, (415) 663-1011
Sean H. Thackrey & Co. Winery, 240 Overlook Drive, Bolinas, (415) 868-9543)
Corda Winery, 845 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, 707-781-9310
Pacheco Cattle Ranch Winery, 235 Alameda Del Prado Road, Novato, (415) 883-5583
There are about 200 acres of vineyards in Marin County (compared to 40,000 acres in northern Sonoma County). But vintners agree that the county’s distinct climate has actually helped develop a track record for their red wines around the world. Vitis vinifera, a grape vine commonly found in the Mediterranean region, was given San Rafael way back in the early 1800s. Once in the ground, the plant flourished in a climate of damp winter seasons, dry summers, plentiful sunlight, and varied terrain. The result: top-shelf vino for everyone.
In lots of methods, San Rafael is the quintessential California city. Without question it is a lovely place with a creative flair. At very first blush it may seem like an idyllic rural community detached from the shout of San Francisco 20 miles away. Easy access to Point Reyes National Seaside and Muir Woods assist highlight this commonly held perception. However along with its natural beauty, San Rafael is likewise a city area filled with variety, market, culture, and history. On the map, it might inhabit a pinpoint in between San Francisco and Napa. Once you visit, the appeals of San Rafael end up being evident. It’s an easy place to fall in love with. And the local white wines make it even better.