R.W. Apple, Jr. writes about California’s Anderson Valley, in my opinion one of the prettiest valley’s on the planet!
Unlike the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the Anderson Valley opens onto the Pacific Ocean at its far end, and its floor slopes from 1,300 feet above sea level in the southeast to 800 feet in the northwest. Fog slides up the valley in the mornings, slowing the ripening process, to the benefit of cool-weather northern European grape varieties like riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay.
Driving along the ridge above the valley one day early last November, my wife, Betsey, and I felt as if we were on an island surrounded by vast, fleecy seas of cloud. But that same afternoon, as we tasted wine at a vineyard below, we luxuriated in bright sunshine that had burned through the fog.
It’s just the best! Apple’s such a great writer. One of the smartest things the Times did a while back was naming him Chief Correspondent” and telling him to enjoy life with his wife, travel the world, and then write home about it. This has to be just about the best article on Anderson Valley ever written!