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California, Carneros AVA Winery in Sonoma
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
While attending Stanford decades ago, Chicago resident John Sweazy visited Napa Valley for a fraternity party—and commenced what would turn out to be a lifelong love affair with wines. Later, on a trip to France, he discovered the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley.
Back in the San Francisco Bay Area, John founded a successful real estate finance company. Little by little, as time went by, he dreamed about starting his own winery. When he sold his business in 2003, he went looking for a location to realize that dream, and determined that the best spot to create Rhône and Burgundian varietals was Sonoma’s Carneros region.
Located at the busy crossroads of Highways 116 and 121, the small and unpretentious winery is a friendly and laid-back place to sample wines. You can draw up a stool to the tasting bar or sit out on the glass-enclosed patio. The winery’s 45-foot-high wind turbine—the first at a Northern California winery—is connected to the utility grid, so excess power production is sold back to the power company.
Anaba Wines is named for anabatic winds, which blow upward along a mountain side. Carrying cool air from the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay, such winds are vital to the Carneros region.
Amenities: Wine Club (complimentary tastings), Picnic tables