Annapolis – northern star

See West Sonoma Coast – a guide for the other tasting articles in this series. 

‘In 1996 when we found our site it was being advertised as a retreat', Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards and Winery (shown here) explains. The coastal mountains of Sonoma long served as places of retreat for city dwellers seeking peace and elites seeking privacy. Even today, Christian camps, exclusive social clubs, and high-security Buddhist retreats populate the region. In 1996, planting vineyards in such a remote location seemed a fool’s errand.

Even today there are no commercial wineries in the Annapolis portion of the West...

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