Foursight Wines is a family affair. Their name reflects the Charles family’s deep roots in Anderson Valley, the multiple generations of family handcrafting wine, and their philosophy of careful stewardship of the land they farm and harvest. For more than half a century, the Charles family has lived on the same land – and in the same house they built – in Boonville. Bill Charles designed and built the Foursight Wines tasting room and winemaking facility himself. It doesn’t get more “hands on” than that!
The same care is found in the creation of Foursight’s award-winning wines, which are estate grown and bottled, sourced from the family’s Charles Vineyard, planted in 2001. They are handmade using traditional, old world techniques, including 100% wild yeast fermentation and wild malolactic fermentation. Foursight mainly grows pinot noir, along with sauvignon blanc, and a small quantity of semillon, an unusual varietal for the area.
Foursight’s pinot noirs include their flagship Charles Vineyard, with its bright color and cherry flavors accented with a hint of spice; the elegant, crisp Clone, which won the Best of Show Red and Best of Class/Double Gold medal at the 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition; and the Paraboll, made with grapes that stay on the vine longer, soaking up the sunshine, a technique reflected in the wine, which showcases its rich fruit taste. If you’re not a fan of oak in your pinot noir, Foursight has you covered with their Zero Oak pinot noir. The bright, crisp sauvignon blanc and fuller bodied Semillon are perfect for warmer weather, and pair well with a variety of dishes.
You might want to pair a glass or two of Foursight’s wine with your own picnic on their patio, or ask in advance for the winery to arrange a catered picnic. Then just relax on the beautiful patio and enjoy the wine under the trees. While you’re recharging your batteries, your electric car can be recharging its battery at the tasting room’s charging station.
The Foursight Wines tasting room is located at 14475 Highway 128 in Boonville. It is generally open 6 days a week, from 10:00 to 4:30. They are closed on Tuesdays, as well as on some holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Easter Sunday. They are also closed for part of January and June. Call (707) 895-2889 ahead to verify the schedule. $10 tasting fee waived with purchases. Pet friendly.