By Courtney Cochran
Laggards waiting for a good reason to hightail it up to Mendocino no longer have an excuse for staying away, since with the October opening of Mendo maven Bernadette Byrne's highly anticipated wine bar and tasting room, Sip Mendocino, travelers can now sample the bounty of some of the area's best small producers, all in one place.
The first collective tasting room in the area, the Hopland-based wine bar and retailer offers more than 100 wines from small and hard-to-find producers, many of whom Byrne met during her tenures as President of the Mendocino Vintners Association and Executive Director of the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance.
But Sip isn't just about wine: Oeno-weary travelers will be thrilled with Byrne's excellent selection of local micro-brews, too. Drop in for one of the spot's weekly Thirsty Thursdays tastings to sample single-vineyard wines and other specialties, all poured alongside a refreshing dash of Byrne's trademark Mendo hospitality.
So you see - there's really no excuse not to go. Sip to it.
13420 S. Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449 (707) 744-8375