Marin Wine & Agriculture

Marin County Wines and Farms

When Retreating at the Marin Vista House, and thinking of wine and food, don't dismiss Marin County. 

Here in Marin, the locals are very proud of it's agricultural community of West Marin that features organic cheeses, wines, and "grass fed beef". 
*(always available at any of Marin's Farmers Markets)
 

Easy Access to some of the nations best wines- nearby!
  • From the Marin Vista House: 
    • Only 20-35 minutes into West Marin via Lucas Valley road.
  • Only 20 minutes to start of Napa Valley Wine Tasting in beautiful Napa Valley Wine Country. (see "Napa Valley" link at left)

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  • Marin Vintners: Come to Marin and taste great wines, Organic even!
  • Marin County Farms:  West Marin is Marin's Agricultural community.  Saved from expansion via various movements, most of West Marin is part of an Agricultural Land Trust.  Full of farming history, including Grapes, this part of Marin offers some culinary delights!   Visit and experiance Organic Wines and cheeses, as well as fresh oysters and fish from it's shores!
  • Marin Farmers Markets: Come to any of Marin's farmers markets and sample fresh produce, much of it organic!  Bring the family and enjoy games as well!

Marin County Vintners

  • Pacheco Ranch Winery:
    • The whole family, including head winemaker, Jamie Meves, oversees the Pacheco Ranch winemaking process. Meves has 25 years experience and is an award winning winemaker and graduate of the University of California at Davis Fermentation Science program. The winery annually produces around 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. 415.883.5583
    • Website: http://www.pachecoranchwinery.com
  • Pey Marin Vineyards
    • Proprietors Jonathan and Susan Pey produce their Marin-grown wines under two labels: Pey-Marin Vineyards (Pinot Noir and Riesling) and Mount Tamalpais Vineyards (Merlot and Vin Gris). 415.455.9463
  • Point Reyes Vineyards  
    • This family owned and operated winery offers an inn and a tasting room featuring Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. 12700 Highway One (Point Reyes Station). 415.663.1011
    • Website: http://www.ptreyesvineyardinn.com
  • Ross Valley Winery
    • Paul Kreider’s winery, which started 20 years ago in a garage, now occupies a prime space in downtown San Anselmo. Each year the neighborhood is invited to help pick grapes and take part in the bottling of the wineries Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Red Blend, Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel-Port, Chardonnay-Port and Walnut-Port. 415.457.5157
    • Website: http://www.rossvalleywinery.com
  • Bacchus&Venus - http://www.bacchusandvenus.com (415) 331-2001
    • Experience California Wine Country in the heart of charming downtown Sausalito with a view of the Bay. Taste wines from Napa, Sonoma, and the best California appellations. Learn how the wines are made, the difference between different wines, vineyards, and styles. Wine classes and private parties in our art gallery. Wine and gifts can be shipped to all 50 states

Marin County Farms:

A tour and tasting of various other gourmet food retailers in the region is just as fun as sipping Chardonnays. Furthermore, there's no need for designated driving! http://www.marinorganic.org/mofarmers.html

McEvoy Ranch: Located on 550 acres of rolling hills, the McEvoy Ranch produces extra virgin olive oil in the Tuscan style with a rich, slightly peppery flavor. The olives are grown, harvested, milled and blended on the premises. The ranch includes an Italian olive oil mill, retail store, a two-acre organic garden, and a 42 foot high pavilion, reminiscent of a Chinese pagoda.

  • Tour Information: Public tours of the ranch are available by reservation only. Private tours for groups or clubs can also be arranged. The ranch now offers tours of its gardens as well.  866-617-6779, email tours@mcevoyranch.com or visit www.mcevoyranch.com.

Hog Island Oyster Company

  • Some of the best oysters in the west can be found at the Hog Island
    Oyster Company in Marshall. The company, founded and operated by marine
    biologists, grows and sells more than three million oysters each year.
    The unique natural conditions around Hog Island in Tomales Bay produce
    crisp, juicy, sea-sweet oysters. Hog Island Oyster Company is a working
    farm.
  • Visitors are allowed on Tuesdays through Sundays between 9am
    and 5pm Reservations are required to use the small picnic area. $10 per
    person.

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

  • California’s oldest continuously-run shellfish farm is the Tomales Bay
    Oyster Company. This certified Pacific oyster and mussel farm has been
    operating in Tomales Bay since 1909. Located five miles north of Pt.
    Reyes Station, the Tomales Bay Oyster Company is open from 8am-6pm
    every day. No reservations are needed for its bayside picnic area.
    Located at 15479 Highway One, Marshall.
Cuisine Perel (http://www.cuisineperel.com/)
-specializes in condiments. Not ketchup and pickle relish, but infused oils, dipping sauces, pourable chocolate sauces....
  • You can find their products at upscale food stores nationwide, but if you visit the shop in San Rafael (3100 Kerner Blvd.), they have it all in one place. They are happy to give lectures on Grapeseed Oil, a tasty oil which makes Olive Oil look like Lard, heath-wise.

Marin French Cheese Company - located just on the Marin-Sonoma border. 

    • They've been in business over a century producing French style Brie and Camembert, under the "Rouge et Noir" label. Being in California, they've lost some of the Gallic stiffness and produce a few funky flavored varieties- Pesto, Peppercorn, Jalapeno, Garlic...
    • They offer periodic free factory tours and have a nice tasting room with their products on sale, as well as breads, salami, and other makings for a picnic. Take your purchases outside to their barbeque area and enjoy lunch under the trees.
    • (Directions: Hwy. 101 North to Novato. Take last exit, San Marin Drive. Turn left on San Marin Drive and drive about 2 miles to Novato Blvd. At stop sign, turn right on Novato Blvd. WEST. Drive approx. 7 miles to Petaluma - Pt. Reyes Rd. Turn left and drive about 1/4 mile: 7500 Red Hill Road. If you get lost you can always call them: (707) 762-6001)
    • Website:  http://www.marinfrenchcheese.com/
    • Located in Point Reyes Station, acts as a distributor for many artisanal cheese producers. They have a mix of cow, sheep and goat cheese. For those who love the latter, try the Humboldt Fog, a semi-firm chevre with a layer of ash in the middle.
    • Contact info: Cowgirl Creamery 80 4th Street, just off Hwy 1.
    • Address & phone:  14700 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station, # (800) 591-6878

    FARMERS MARKETS

    Come to Marin's farmers market and mingle with the natives!  Local farmers set out to let the people taste their goods- try fresh organic breads, local oysters,

    Marin Farmers Market Luv it!  (2mins from house - walk!)

    • Year round -  on Thursdays and Sundays at the

    Marin Civic Center. Sells farm-direct specialty foods and organically grown produce.
    (415) 472-6100 
    www.marinfarmersmarkets.org 

    Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market  (2mins from home)  Luv it! Luv it! Luv it!! FUN FUN FUN!

    Only from April through October on 

    • Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 on Fourth Street.

    The market features food, produce, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.
    (415) 472-6100
    www.sanrafaelmarket.org

    Check out this website: http://groups.ucanr.org/GIM/Marin_Farms/ for more agricultural info.

     


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