Marin has very modest wine-producing production when compared to neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties. But the lack of quantity is made up by Marin vintners' uniqueness and quality. Two local producers of fine fermented drinks, Trek Winery and Heidrun Meadery, invite you to their tasting rooms for a wonderful Marin-style holiday excursion.
Trek Winery is a family-owned winery and tasting room in downtown Novato that doubles as live music entertainment venue. Trek started up in 2007 and opened its tasting room just over a year ago. You can buy wine by the tasting, glass, bottle, and case. For $5, you can taste five of their award-winning wines, including reds, whites, or a mix of both. Better yet, each tasting fee is waived when you buy a bottle. Trek is located at 1026 Machin Avenue in Novato.
West Marin's Heidrun Meadery makes a highly unusual—and extraordinary—sparkling honey mead. Using the traditional French méthode champenoise, they create and bottle ethereal batches of varietal meads that they describe as "light, dry, delicate and refreshing, with subtle exotic aromas and flavors found only in the essence of honey." Heidrun is located just west of downtown Point Reyes Station at 11925 State Route 1.
For complete Marin visitor information, including overnight lodging options, visit www.visitmarin.org.