The apple trees are one clue. Blueberries and tangled thickets of blackberries and raspberries-and the densely-fruited jams, jellies and preserves they produce-are the other. Both reference a climate that is cool enough to bring out the most fully matured fruit flavors that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can mount.
Tucked away on the edge of Sebastopol- once the world's home to the Gravenstein apple-Green Valley offers an admixture of redwood forests, llama and Christmas tree farms, ornamental flower nurseries (even normally fragile orchids thrive here), Luther Burbank's famed Gold Ridge Farm, old style Italian restaurants and wine grapes with distinctive cold climate identities. Also used for sparkling wine, Pinot Noirs are velvet-textured and supple with spicy black cherry, and local Chardonnays are crisp and creamy, with nutty spices all their own.
Green Valley Wineries
Bill and Gerry Brinton founded Charles Creek Vineyard in 2002 with the goal of creating outstanding wines at an exceptional value. Specializing in high quality Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon from great vineyard sources in the Sonoma and Napa valleys, Charles Creek produces wines that are food friendly, fruit driven, and easily paired with the courses of a meal.
Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County's most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw it in the pouring rain in February 1976.
At Taft Street, we have worked with the same growers and vineyards for years now, and we feel we have learned to maximize the qualities these vineyards possess.