The winery’s bustling tasting room will be both familiar and radically different to those used to Sonoma or Napa. While they have elegant bars and a well-trained staff, tastings are free, and the energy is more country-friendly than corporate – in spite of the fact that the winery has grown to almost 40,000 cases per year, making it one of the largest in Anderson Valley, a region known primarily for small-production boutique wineries.
One of the biggest advantages of tasting at Navarro is the absolute breadth of their offerings. In a region that focuses almost exclusively on pinot noir, with most wineries offering one or two other varietals, Navarro produces nearly everything under the sun – and does it exceptionally well. Three pinot noirs, syrah, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, a red table wine, chardonnay, sparkling white (gewürztraminer no less!), sauvignon blanc, roussanne, pinot gris, muscat blanc, riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot grigio, edelzwicker, non-alcohol grape juice, ver jus, an assortment of dessert wines… the list goes on and on.