A tootling drive around California's Humboldt County takes you through ancient redwoods, over remote forested mountains, along an endless coast—and to a couple dozen wineries (19 with tasting rooms, if you count a garage). A Syrah made here recently garnered 90 points from Robert Parker (not that we're rabid chasers of Parker scores; still …). The region also produces Pinot Noir, sparklers, and even an Arneis (Italy's "little rascal" of a grape). That 90-point Syrah? Cabot 2006 Kimberly's Vineyard. Here are our favorite stops for other Humboldt wines:
- In Southern Humboldt, visit Persimmons Garden Gallery & Wine Tasting, Riverbend Cellars, and Elk Prairie Vineyard (by appointment).
- In Northern Humboldt, go to Robert Goodman Wines or Moonstone Crossing.
- In Eastern Humboldt, stop by Dogwood Estate, Sentinel Winery, and Winnett Vineyards (all by appointment).