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by Fred McMillin
That Creek Mystique
The Rest of the Story
Is Melissa the Lone Ranger on this wine? Let's see what the experts have to say about
The American Indians called the little valley, 2 by 25 miles, Taa-Bo-Tah. Later it was named after an early (1851) settler, Walter Anderson.
Unlike the north-south valleys of Napa and Sonoma, the Anderson Valley runs west to east. Cool, fog-laden marine breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean give it a distinctive climate, which cause the critics to say...
New York Times: The Anderson Valley's cool climate may be California best area for Gewürztraminer. Its small, little-known wineries deserve a higher profile. (by Eric Asimov)
Grape Guru Bob Thompson in his California Wine Atlas: Nowhere else in California does Gewürztraminer achieve such memorable depths of flavor and firmness of texture as in the Anderson Valley. Challenging for the head of the class is Lazy Creek Vineyards!
Up A Lazy Creek
"Lazy Creek does not advertise its presence. Only the eagle-eyed will spot the miniscule sign and take the tiny little dirt road across two wooden bridges above tree fern-lined gullies which lead to the winery." (I don't have eagle eyes, so I missed it the first time we drove by the little road.) "The winery is justly renowned for its Gewürztraminer."...by Aussie author James Holliday.
This leads us to our...
Wine of the Day
1999 Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer
Philo?? Unusual name. Where did it come from? In 1868 the first postmaster was Cornelius Prather. He named the town after his favorite cousin, a girl called Philomena.
This page created December 2000