Mendocino County, located about 90 miles north of San Francisco, is known for having some of the best views along the pacific coastline. They are also home to some great microbrews, and tasty wine.
On our trip to the area earlier this year, we adventured up to the seaside winery, Pacific Star. Located 12 miles north of Fort Bragg, Pacific Star sits right on the edge of the water, with endless views in all directions. As if the scenery wasn’t enough, winemaker Sally Ottoson makes some pretty darn great wines, too! While at the tasting room, we were fortunate to try a number of wines, including a Pinot Gris, couple of red blends (Dad’s Daily Red and It’s My Fault), petite sirah, a rare 100% Charbono, and one of our favorites, the Zinfandel.
We recently took advantage of the beautiful winter weather in San Diego, and enjoyed a sunset sail with my mom and friends. It seemed only appropriate to hit the ocean with a bottle of Pacific Star. So, we grabbed a bottle of the Zinfandel to share. This is a medium-bodied wine, lighter in color but rich in flavor. Nice fruit upfront, medium tannins and a light pepper finish. It was great to sip on its own, but we also enjoyed with a selection of meat and cheese. With a price point at $28, it’s not quite an every day zin, but it is certainly worth it!
Wine can be purchased directly from the winery, and highly recommend visiting them on the ocean. Pacific Star has a tasting room in downtown Ft. Bragg. However, if you find yourself in the area, go the extra 12 miles. You will be glad you did!