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Anaba Wines

California, Carneros AVA Winery in Sonoma

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Anaba Wines tasting room in CarnerosWhile 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.
Deck and lawn tasting area at Anaba WinesBack 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.
Anaba Wines and wind turbine in CarnerosLocated 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.

Fascinating Fact:

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
Founded: 2003
Signature Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, “Coriol” White (a blend that includes Roussanne and Viognier), “Coriol” Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape style blend)
Wine Tasting: No appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10:30-5:30
Anaba Wines
60 Bonneau Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-996-4188, 877-990-4188

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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