Thursday, May 11, 2017
Anderson Valley Wine Country Excursion/Penny Royal Farm/Phillip Hill Winery
We are up early today,and headed up into Anderson valley.We will stop in Boonville,and visit Penny Royal Farm,then stop by Phillips Hill Winery for a few great wines.At the end of the day we will visit Handley Cellars,and stay in their beautiful guest house,located in their amazing vineyards.We do have extra room,would you care to join us?Our first feature is with Penny Royal Farm.The farm and vineyards are located in the town of Boonville,so let's check out the website and a little background on the wines,and cheeses. Penny Royal Farm is located in Boonville, California, in beautiful Anderson Valley. their estate vineyard includes 23 acres on the Boonville bench, planted in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Pennyroyal Farm is committed to producing handcrafted wine and farmstead cheese, and our cheese is produced exclusively from the milk of goats and sheep that are raised here on our family farm. Our pampered, beloved animals munch on wild grasses and pennyroyal mint that blanket the property. The milk is transformed into fresh and aged cheeses just steps from the animal pastures which allow Pennyroyal cheese, like our grapes, to reveal a strong sense of place. By integrating animal husbandry and viticulture, we avoid many of the pitfalls of monoculture- each farming endeavor enhances and compliments the other. Our brand new tasting room is open 10 am to 5 pm daily and we also offer fun and informative tours daily at 10am and 2pm with advance reservations. Join us on a tour of the creamery, milking parlor, our solar-powered barn to meet the animals, and to learn the methods behind our handcrafted wines and cheeses. We conclude the experience with a cheese tasting for everyone, with juice for kids and wine for those 21 and up. Call us at (707) 895-2410 or (800)956-8909 to reserve your spot. The Penny Royal farm also produces a few very good wines,and we will open and taste each of the wines with Sarah Bennett. We will then drive up into Anderson valley and visit the tasting room of Phillips Hill Winery,the home of great Pinot Noirs! Toby Hill,A native Californian and grandson of a grape grower, Toby Hill earned a BFA from the California College of the Arts – San Francisco. After honoring the Phillips side of the family with his artistic pursuits and profession in the visual arts, Toby found a new obsession within a new medium, Pinot Noir. In 1997, Toby Hill purchased land in the Mendocino Ridge appellation, overlooking the Anderson Valley. Trusting in his sense of balance and composition, and with support from local winemakers, he made his first wine using 2002 Pinot Noir grapes grown on Oppenlander Vineyard, nearby in Mendocino’s Comptche. Pilgrimages to Burgundy, France, have influenced Toby's pursuit of a refinement and elegance in style. Here he established collaborative relationships with Burgundian winemakers. Using old world winemaking practices from new world vineyards, he aspires towards terroir driven wines. Using native yeast, less intervention, and believing less is more, Toby’s intent is for each wine to be a genuine expression of the land. Natacha Durandet, Phillips Hill WineryFiancé and partner Natacha Durandet brings a wealth of sommelier experience and market expertise to Phillips Hill. Originally from the stunning Loire Valley Region of France, her passion for tasting and collecting wines began at an early age. Natacha has had the opportunity to work at some of the finest resorts in the country, alongside esteemed master sommeliers. Versed in culinary arts, Natacha offers guests an elevated wine tasting experience at their new Tasting Room in Philo, seeking creative French-inspired pairings to accentuate the subtleties of the wines. We will taste three of the wines from this great Anderson valley winery,and then head toward Handley Cellars to stay for the evening.Tomorrow morning ,we will introduce you to the winemaker of Handley Cellars,Randy Shock.For now let's pour a glass of great Pinot Noir,and enjoy these new features from Anderson valley!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy great wines,cheeses, and stories from Anderson Valley. Click here and join us as we enjoy great wines,cheese, and stories from Anderson Valley.