Pacific Star Tasting Room 401 N. Main St., (707) 962-9463. Daily 11-5. Tasting $5.
Located right in town, this convenient branch tasting room pours the winery’s signature blends--Dad’s Daily Red (named for the winery owner’s father, who drank this daily to assist with a war ailment) and It’s My Fault. My tasting included several unusual varietals--a buttery white Roussanne, a nice Tempranillo, and a puckery, rough Carignane. Bottles are topped with an unusual hand-blown degasser made in Grass Valley.
Pacific Star Winery 33000 N. Hwy. 1, 12 mi. N of town, between Caspar & Westport, (707) 964-1155. Daily 11-5. No dogs.
Perched on the rim of the ocean and surrounded by vineyards, this remote winery is the westernmost in the continental U.S. Wines are filtered naturally by the waves crashing against the bluffs, shaking the barrels and causing natural settling and permitting reds unstripped by the usual filtering process. A bluff-top picnic area has a panoramic view that provides for great whale-watching.
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