Anderson Valley
Anderson Valley is an AVA located in Mendocino County in northern California; the appellation lays in the southwestern portion of the county. This is a cool climate, as fog from the Pacific Ocean plays an important role in moderating temperatures. Wines from here tend to have a bit more acidity than in many other wine zones in California; given that, the alcohol content is not as high as with many California wines.

Cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay perform brilliantly in Anderson Valley; comparisons to Burgundy, especially as far as balance, are inevitable. Other varieties that are successful here include Gewurztraminer and Riesling, both made in dry styles, these wines highlight the area's annual Alsatian Festival. Also, as this is a cool climate, excellent sparkling wine is made here; one of the most important producers is a Champagne house that opted for this area for their American headquarters. Pinot Gris, also in an Alsatian dry style is a highlight, while Merlot is quite notable. (Wine/Appellations)