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Press Democrat, October 2020. "Wine of the Week: Stone fruit, citrus make Anaba viognier a winner." Peg Melnik. 
 “The Anaba is striking.” Thank you, Peg Melnik and @pressdemo, for choosing our 2019 Landa Viognier from a blind tasting this week! Michele Anna Jordan highlighted it alongside a lovely smoked salmon & root vegetable remoulade. She notes that many people often avoid viognier for fear it will be too floral, but says of ours that “this beauty wipes the slate clean of all those impressions.” We are honored! Read the full article here and the recipe here. 
Gentry Magazine, October 2020. "With the Wind at Their Backs." Stefanie Lingle Beasley. 
"It may not be a secret, but Anaba is most certainly a very special place." As natives of the Peninsula, John and Johnny are honored to have been able to share their family's love of wine with local Gentry readers. Check out pp. 74-79 of the digital edition for the whole story! 

Spirited Magazine, September 2020. "Sustainability in Action: The Many Ways Producers Are Going Green." Kathleen Wilcox.

"While producers can’t stop climate change in its tracks, many are taking audacious steps to reduce their own carbon footprint and prepare for a wilder future." We couldn't agree more! Thank you for including us in your roundup of wine industry pioneers who are paving the way in sustainability. "Anaba Wines in Sonoma recently partnered with a local company, SolarCraft, to install a solar electric system on the winery’s property in the Carneros AVA. The system will work with an existing wind turbine system. Anaba produces 8,000 cases and makes an additional 17,000 cases for custom crush clients. According to Proprietor John Sweazey, the 45-foot Skystream wind turbine provides electricity for the old tasting room, storage, and some irrigation pumps, and when combined with the recently installed solar panels, the winery will significantly cut power costs and comes closer to its goal of using 100 percent renewable electricity resources for its new production facility and hospitality center." Read the whole article here. 

Creators Syndicate, July 2020. "Saving the Hospitality Industry." Robert Whitley. 

"Anaba 2019 Grenache Rosé, Sonoma County ($30) — Pale onion-skin in color, this dry rose from Sonoma is a surprise on the palate, showing impressive complexity and crisp acidity that refreshes and whets the appetite for another sip. Notes of citrus, stone fruits and tart apple linger on the finish. Rating: 92." Thank you, Robert! Read the whole article here. 

North Bay Business Journal, July 2020. "North Bay business news from Petaluma Health Center, Cuvaison, Sonoma Clean Power and more." NBBJ. 

Thank you, NBBJ, for including us! "Anaba Wines recently partnered with the Novato- and Sonoma-based clean energy company, SolarCraft, to complete the installation of the 167.4-kilowatt solar electric system on their Carneros property in Sonoma. The newly installed solar photovoltaic system will increase the sustainability of the winery’s operations and cut power cost significantly. Solar Craft stated that during the life of the system, nearly 172 metric tons of carbon dioxide generated by Anaba operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by over 428,014 miles of driving annually or the pollutants removed by 225 acres of trees in one year." Read more here. 

Press Democrat, July 2020. "Wine of the Week." Peg Melnik. 

"On the Fourth of July, there will be a quiet revolution playing out on [grills] across America. Plant-based burgers are on the rise, according to MarketWatch. It reports that today most people who order vegan burgers at restaurants aren’t even vegetarians. With this in mind, The Press Democrat decided to do a blind tasting for the holiday, pairing a line-up of wines with a Beyond Burger: [runner up] Anaba 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 13.9%, $48. 4 ½ stars. This is a breezy pinot, with crisp acidity and tangy fruit, including cranberry, cherry and pomegranate. It has a supple texture and irresistible quench. It marries well with the Beyond Burger because its bright acid and high-toned fruit stand up to the smoky, savory flavors of the burger. Impressive."

Capital Gazette, June 2020. Wine, etc.: Try these 12 rosés as you dive into summer. Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr. 

Anaba Rosé of Grenache Sonoma County 2019 ($30). We’re surprised more California dry rosé producers aren’t using grenache. This is an example of why it is Provence’s primary grape variety for rosé. Tantalizing stone fruit character with refreshing acidity.

Modern Wine, June 2020. Tim Teichgraeber

Anaba 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($48) Culled from 5 non-estate vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, this is a lovely, velvety Pinot with lush plum, black cherry and spice flavors and a deep, savory earthiness with soy notes. It's ripe and plush, but not overly high in alcohol. I don't think this is a wine that I would hold onto for a long time, but it's very rewarding at present (Summer of 2020). Recommended. (92 Points)

Anaba 2017 J McK Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros ($46) This home estate vineyard is named for founder John Sweazey's children, John Michael (now general manager of the estate) and daughter McKenna, and the vineyard makes lovely Chardonnay with the supple texture, orange and lemon notes that you expect from Carneros Chardonnay, plus well integrated caramel and vanilla notes. It's velvety on the palate, expressive and flavorful. (92 Points)

Thank you for these reviews, Tim!

Sonoma Magazine, May/June issue 2020. "LikeWine." Linda Murphy

Thank you for including our 2018 Rosé of Grenache in your LikeWine lineup! Linda Murphy called it "a wine that's juicy and substantial on the palate, yet also crispy and refreshing. It sports cherry, strawberry and nectarine aromas and flavors, with hints of berry and watermelon. Bold enough for barbecue."

Food & Wine, June 2020. "9 Summer-Ready Red Wines That Are Best Served Cold." Jonathan Cristaldi. 

"The only rule with chilling red wine is not to go overboard... there is an exception to this rule: I like to keep a half-bottle (375ml) of red dessert wine in the fridge, like Anaba’s Red Aero Port from Sonoma Mountain ($36)—kirsch, blueberry compote, and crushed wild herbs. I’ll pour a couple of ounces into a red wine glass and wash it down with some creamy Point Reyes Toma, and it makes for a great nightcap." Check out the full article here. 

SF Chronicle, June 2020. "43 Sonoma County wineries that are open for visitors now." Esther Mobley. Read more about how Sonoma wineries are re-opening safely.

Robb Report, May 2020. "26 Stellar New Rosés to Welcome Warmer Months." Sara Schneider. 

"This pink from Anaba is a reminder of what’s so appealing about a rosé made out of Grenache. Just a little briny and minerally on the nose, under vibrant fruit aromas that range from stone fruit to tropicals, it follows up on a dry palate with juicy apple, peach and a kick of orange zest." Read the full list. 

Press Democrat, May 2020. "Wine of the Week: Anaba 2019 Sonoma County Rosé of Grenache." Peg Melnik

"I take Rosé seriously," our winemaker Katy Wilson told wine writer Peg Melnik at the Press Democrat-- and thank god, because we know you do too! Our 2019 Sonoma County Rosé of Grenache was the Wine of the Week on 5/13/20. Peg gave it 4.5 stars and describes it as "a zesty, dry rosé with crisp fruit and bright acidity...[with] impressive balance...layered with notes of stone fruit, green apple and a hint of pomegranate. It’s gorgeous — the perfect rosé to marry with a sun-kissed day." Katy pointed out that "the rosé’s grenache fruit elevates it to more than a poolside quaffer," and that “with wine, every decision you make changes how it’s going to be in the end." We are so lucky to have Katy at the helm making this, and all of our fabulous wines. Read more + check out the shrimp salad recipe to pair it with from Michele Anna Jordan. 

Gabe's View, May 2020. "A Tasty 6-Pack from Sonoma's Anaba Wines." Gabe Sasso

"Tasting these wines makes me extremely eager to get back to Anaba when things return to normal. There’s no question they’re on my very short list the next time I’m in Sonoma County," says freelance writer Gabe Sasso after tasting some of our new releases and our dessert wine trio. Gabe says of our 2019 Rosé that "every sip demanded another" and recommends with our 2018 Late Harvest Viognier to "have two on hand, just in case." Thank you, Gabe! Read More. 

Thrillist, April 2020. "Here's Where You Can Do a Virtual Happy Hour With Winemakers 
& Brewers This Week." Dustin Nelson 

During the COVID-19 crisis, Dustin included our 5/1/2020 virtual tasting of dessert wines in his round-up! Read more. 

7x7, April 2020. "Bring Wine Country Home: Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Wine Tastings." Jess Lander. 

Our friend Jess included our 5/1/20 virtual dessert wines tasting in her piece. Read more.

65/57 Magazine, April 2020. “Much Richer Tasting Experience." Fran Miller 

"Comfortable and elegant, the Anaba Vintners House is a reflection of the Sweazey family's relaxed vibe and commitment to land and resource stewardship... guests can escape and unwind, viewing the estate vineyards and distant hills. Private seating areas allow for leisurely, personalized wine exploration." Thank you Fran! Read more.

Napa Sonoma Magazine, March 2020. “Carneros Rising." Jess Lander

"Tucked back from the busy four-way Carneros intersection of highways 121 and 116, the brand-new Vintners House at Anaba Wines is expertly removed from the Wine Country traffic. From the outside, it could be any vineyard farmhouse, but inside, the Sweazey family opted out of the traditional neutral palette in favor of rich and warm colors and textures, summoning visitors to get comfortable and stay awhile. On sunny days—and when Anaba’s namesake, the signature anabatic winds of Carneros, have calmed down—you can play a game of bocce or paddle tennis with Sonoma Mountain as your backdrop.” Thank you so much Jess! Read more. 

San Francisco Chronicle, March 2020. “Don’t worry, Bay Area. Even under shelter in place, you can still get all the wine you need.” Esther Mobley

“'I bought a new video camera, and I’ve been taking some online courses” on how to develop a more interactive digital presence, [John Michael Sweazey] said. Anaba sells 85% of its wine direct-to-consumer, with the majority of that coming from the tasting room. Sweazey hoped to begin hosting virtual wine tastings as a way to encourage online sales. 'It’s an opportunity for us to learn something new,' he said.” Thank you for including us, Esther! Read more. 

Food + Wine, April 2020. “Sonoma Coast Wineries Need Your Love Now More Than Ever." Brian Freedman

Thank you for including our 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Brian! He describes it as “ floral and generous, with lovely ripe cherries and black raspberries, cocoa powder, orange oil, and a hint of caramel. I love the use of oak here, which adds excellent weight without overpowering it at all." Read more.

Wine Business Monthly, March 2020. "Technical Spotlight: Anaba Wines // Custom-built winery aids Anaba Wines’ production, sales and succession planning." Stacy Briscoe 

To understand how much place means to us at Anaba, you have to see if for yourself. But Stacy Briscoe's article in Wine Business Monthly captured our Proprietor John Sweazey's vision: "it was those anabatic winds, reminiscent of the mistral that defines France’s Rhône region, that confirmed his vineyard-purchasing choice [in Carneros]. It gave him the confidence that he too could produce elegant Rhône varieties." Thank you, Stacy! 

Robb Report, February 2020. “11 Stellar Low-Alcohol Wines That Will Change How You Think About Low-Alcohol Wines.” Sara Schneider 

Thank you for including our 2016 WestLands Pinot Noir, Sara! “Although Anaba’s new Vintner’s House is in Carneros, their WestLands Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are blended from very cool vineyards within a few miles of the coast. This is a complex, age-worthy Pinot with intense, bright red fruit—cherry and cranberry—punched up by great acidity and layered with spice and a hint of mushrooms.” Read more. 

San Francisco Chronicle, February 2020. “My Super Bowl wine pairing plan: Levi’s Stadium terroir." Esther Mobley 

Thank you for highlighting out 2018 Rosé! “Finally, I’m a fan of rosé with guacamole. The creaminess of guac demands something crisp — you want tangy acidity to cut the slick fattiness of the avocado — and rosé can offer a little bit of tactility that many lighter white wines lack. I’ll be bringing over a bottle of Anaba Rosé of Grenache Sonoma Valley 2018.” Read more. 

Decanter, January 2020. “Must see Napa and Sonoma wineries: Five new openings from old favourites.” Jess Lander 

“Further proof of Carneros’ quiet revolution is Anaba. For the last 15 years, 
most would drive right past the family-run outpost on their way to Sonoma or Napa without much thought, for the tiny, no-frills tasting room was tucked back behind a busy intersection. Now, a gorgeous new visitor center gives reason for pause. While at first look, the Vintners House is a classic, white and modern farmhouse, a delightful surprise awaits inside. The tasting space is not strictly composed of soft and boring neutral hues as expected but is fresh, chic, and cozy all at once. Taste Anaba’s elegant Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and even some hard-to-find Rhône varietals. If the weather cooperates, play a game of bocce with a mountainous backdrop.” Read more. 

Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2020. “10 More Big, Heavy Red Wines to Drink While You Hide Under a Blanket.” Virginie Boone 

Thank you, Virginie, for highlighting our 2016 Bismark Vineyard Syrah! “94 points. From a high-elevation site in the Mayacamas Mountains, this bold full-bodied red is defined in black and white pepper, garrigue and blueberry, with a subtle underlying hint of vanilla. Seamless, strong and sensual, it is lush on the palate with an enviable and lasting bite of grip and structure.” Read more. 

Forbes Travel Guide, February 2020. “Why You Should Visit Sonoma Right Now.” Katie Sweeney 

“Walking into Anaba Vintners House is like stepping into the Sweazeys’ home. The upscale yet unpretentious farmstead boasts high ceilings and a dark-blue accent wall with natural elements like wood, copper and steel featured throughout. The unique chandeliers are meant to reflect the anabatic winds that run through the valley — a cheeky reference to the winery’s name — and the Sweazeys’ personal coffee table book collection and family photos are on display.” Read more. 

California Now, November 2019. “Why Winter is a Great Time to Visit Sonoma County.”
Tina Caputo

“At Anaba Wines’ new Vintners House Tasting Room in Carneros, leather wing chairs, velvet sofas, gorgeous Burgundy and Rhône varietals, and a crackling fireplace beckon.” Thank you Tina! Read more.

Food + Wine Magazine, November 2019. “25 Amazing Sonoma Wines to Drink Right Now." Jonathan Cristaldi 

Thank you, Jonathan, for including our 2016 Turbine White! “If you can’t get there any time soon, look for this Rhône-inspired white, a blend of 40% Viognier, 31% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne, and 7% Marsanne. Bright and zippy with crisp stone fruit and orchard fruit tinged with citrus peel, jasmine, and crushed stone minerality.” Read more. 

California Home +  Design, October 2019. “Wine Country Agenda: Cakebread, Anaba Wines, Perry Lang’s.” Annette Hanami

“Wine lovers on their way to Sonoma or Napa Valley have driven by Anaba Wines at the intersection of Highways 121 and 116 a hundred times, never knowing what was behind the small tasting room set-off from the road. With the opening of their new winery and Vintners House, Wine Country visitors have a compelling reason to stop and explore Anaba’s Rhone-style wines and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines which are in fact, excellent.” Read more. 




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