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The Wow: North of that “other” favored destination of well-to-do grape tipplers, Anderson Valley has slowly established itself as a serious contender on the world’s wine stage. Frequent fog seeps through the region’s rolling hills, steep mountains, and coastal redwoods. The ensuing hot days and cool nights yield fantastic Pinot Noirs and temperate climate-loving whites.
Why Now? Until recently, even Northern Californians didn’t know much about the valley. But increasingly, wine lovers, as well as general tourists, are discovering Anderson Valley’s spectacular scenery and small-town feel (the lack of cell phone service makes checking out of reality especially easy).