Last May, just outside the town of Sonoma, something special was happening at the intersection of Highways 116 and 121 - Anaba's tasting room opened its doors to visitors for the first time. Specializing in Rhone and Burgundian varietals, Anaba quickly became known for their award-winning wines. In December 2009, Anaba became the first winery in Northern California to install a wind turbine on their property.
The 45-foot-tall wind turbine works with the natural anabatic winds flowing at Anaba's location in the Petaluma Gap to supply electricity for the tasting room and irrigation system. Although the average speed of these upward-flowing winds is 15 m.p.h., they can reach up to between 20 and 25 m.p.h. lifting wine out of the glass and hats off of heads.
Just in time to celebrate Anaba's tasting room's first birthday, the 100% Grenache Rose, Anaba 2009 Sonoma Valley Pink, was recently released. Anaba will also be releasing their Anaba 2008 Sonoma Valley Red very soon! Both releases feature a new label showcasing Anaba's wind turbine.
Celebrate Anaba's birthday month by visiting between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Enjoy a tasting in the tasting room or out on the patio. Either way, you'll want to take your time at this comfortable, relaxing location. We recommend trying the port pairings this month. You'll sample an Anaba Viognier White Port paired with Spanish Marcona Almonds or an Anaba Syrah Red Port paired with Anaba's Port Chocolate Sauce.
Remember to contact Pure Luxury for private, chauffeured transportation to visit Anaba wines and other wineries located nearby at the gateway to the Sonoma and Carneros regions to experience the superb wines influenced by the anabatic winds in the Petaluma Gap.