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Winery Adventure: The Madrones, Philo

Anderson Valley is an elixir for the soul. In this maritime-influenced land of cool-climate Alsatian whites and pinot noir, weathered fence posts struggle to prop up dew-laden heritage roses, ancient water towers stand sentinel over vine rows stitched into steep hillsides, and barn roofs glow green with decades of moss. Time hangs like fog.

Yet there’s a sunny garden and a shiny new collection of tasting rooms awaiting you at The Madrones in Philo. Bink, Drew, Knez and Signal Ridge all pour Thursday through Sunday here — Signal Ridge and Bink are open daily — alongside a quaint garden shop called Sun & Cricket, crammed with eclectic books, antiques, garden tools, gourmet foods and a cheese counter. A new restaurant, Stone and Embers, offers lunch and dinner Friday through Tuesday. Stay put for a night in their cozy accommodations, and you’ll never want to leave.

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