With all the wine in California, you’d think it would be super easy to name a winery located right on the ocean. Um…?! Okay, we’ve got one! And it’s worth starring for a visit.
Pacific Star Winery is 12 miles north of Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast, just far enough off the beaten path that many folks don’t discover it. But it’s on the map for more reasons than interesting wines like Charbono, Brunello, and Dad’s Daily Red. There are whales to be spotted, too!
While the tasting room itself doesn’t have an ocean view, the expansive bluffside picnic grounds overlooking the coast have big ocean views. It’s some top-notch outdoor seating, pairing your winetasting ($10 for 6) with whale watching (compliments of nature). Buy a bottle to enjoy with a picnic here, or just kick back with a glass of your favorite in one of the Adirondacks.
Pacific Star Winery, 33000 N. Hwy. 1 (at mile marker 73.58), Fort Bragg; 707-964-1155. Check the website for upcoming closure dates (for example, January 30–31). No dogs.