Sonoma’s Anaba Wines: The Wind Behind the Name

Picture this. You and your friends are hitting the road for a day of wine tasting in Sonoma. You head to Anaba Wines after recently reading that The Tasting Panel gave their 2010 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay a “Seriously Smitten” 4 our of 5 “smooches” rating – and you are all dying to find out how the smooches stack up!You arrive at the winery – a breathtaking property surrounded by palm trees, vineyards and clear mountain views. With a glass of wine in hand you step outside to explore the grounds and walk the vineyard.

As the wind nearly blows the wine right out of your glass (seriously?!), you quickly understand why Anaba chose to name their winery after the cool, upward-flowing, and sometimes quite powerful, anabatic winds that blow through their sustainably-farmed Carneros Estate vineyards.

These strong winds not only dictated how Anaba’s outdoor tasting space was built, they inspired Owner John Sweazey to install a 45-foot-high wind turbine on his 16-acre property in December of 2009 – the first winery in Northern California to do so. The single wind turbine generates electricity to power the tasting room, wine storage, office operations and irrigation pumps for the two estate vineyards.

In addition, the unique air currents (deemed “Gifts of Nature” by Sweazey) enhance the vineyard quality by tempering them, slowing down the ripening process, and allowing the grapes to develop more robust flavors and distinctive varietal characteristics. According to Sweazey, the goal is to “try to deliver a product that people think is a great value and a great wine.”

If you can’t make it to the winery, find a limited allocation of Anaba Wines on the Cellar Angels Wine Marketplace.

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