Larry Londer gave me a brief tour of his spectacular Anderson Valley vineyard on Sunday, and he paused to explain about how he got into Pinot Noir and share the view.
For those of you who’ve never been to Anderson Valley, in Mendocino, well, it’s a great place to visit, with lots of new vineyards and wineries. The setting is amazing, with a mix of patchwork vineyards on both the valley floor and the hillsides, and many of the ridge tops are lined with towering trees. Larry is pouring one of his Londer Pinots at this year's California Wine Experience in New York and I wanted to meet him and see his property.
As I departed, Larry’s wife, Shirley Londer, showed me her berry patch, and it’s starting to produce ripe loganberries, along with (I think) wild, blackberries and raspberries in their tidy little garden. Anyway, this is starting to be berry season in many parts of the country, and a good time to sample the different kinds. On my way home I stopped at a fruit stand in Philo, a tiny little hamlet in the valley, and bought black cherries, peaches and apricots. The next day I bought a pound or so of fresh strawberries from a roadside stand in Sonoma that goes by the name the Patch. With the exception of this year's cherries, the fruits are sweet and perfectly ripe—a great year for berries.
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