About a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of San Francisco, past the lauded wine regions of Napa and Sonoma, is Boonville, Calif. In the small town of about 1,000 residents, Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner Disco Ranch has become a hub for local artists, winemakers and tourists passing between wine country and the coast. There’s plenty of outdoor seating to pair the wines with the light menu, as well as a robust retail component. By hosting a variety of tasting events and wine clubs, owner and wine director Wendy Lamer has fostered a wine-loving community while highlighting local, off-the-beaten path selections.
The list’s 300 labels reflect the restaurant’s setting in Anderson Valley, almost exclusively offering wines from Mendocino for the domestic selections. The picks present a broad range of styles and price points, with dozens of selections priced under $30. When it comes to international selections, a substantial number of wine-growing regions are represented. This includes strong showings in France, Spain and Italy, supplemented by wines from places like New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. Themed six-pack bundles are available for those looking to delve deeper into a particular region, and they’re typically priced between $66 and $129. Though the retail-priced wine is the main focus, a variety of small plates are available. Popular dishes include rocking shrimp, smoked duck breast–sliders and charcuterie boards with tinned fish.