Editors' pick

Linden Vineyards

Linden Vineyards photo
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Editorial Review

A quiet temple of winemaking, this winery is ideal for those serious about learning. While other wineries have placed their focus on entertaining visitors. Linden eschews events and discourages partiers by limiting access to its patio, making a visit an assuredly tranquil one.

Highlights include the beautiful deck, which is open to the public only on weekdays (it's so lovely, it's worth playing hookey from work). If you visit on a weekend, go for the hourly reserve-cellar tastings, which provide a glimpse of a variety of the vineyard's vintages. It makes for a fun comparision considering how weather and terroir can change, say, a rose or a seyval, from year to year.