It's easy to enjoy a lovely day in wine country tasting at different wineries, but there are some obstacles: crowded tasting rooms and lineups of California Cabs, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that start melding together. And there are always the questions around navigating wine country and who's going to drive responsibly between tastings (unless you use those spittoons).
Mendocino County and its artsy namesake town are home to some long-standing food stars: Cafe Beaujolais (and its indie Brickery bakery) and the MacCallum House, to name a couple. This famed part of Northern California coast woven between wine country, redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean is a fog-laden destination with a slowed pace and cuisine focused on local, mindful sourcing and worldly inspiration. That means boundless organic vegetables, line-caught fish and winery darlings like Navarro and Roederer Estate paired with hearty meats and sauces.
California Rancher celebrates barbecue
Local barbecue season lasts long past Labor Day, and we’re planning to serve a local specialty at our next cookout: authentic Santa Maria–style barbecue, by which we mean juicy tri-tip seasoned with black pepper, salt and garlic, then cooked over a red-oak fire and served with spicy pinquito beans.