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Father and Son at Anaba Wines Open Contemporary Vintners House Tasting Room

During Harvest, 2019 a Portion of the Vintners House Tasting Room Proceeds Benefit Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
by Press Release
October 16, 2019

Sonoma, Calif.— Anaba Wines today announced it will welcome guests to its Vintners House, a new tasting destination in Sonoma’s Carneros region, beginning this weekend, October 19. Comfortably elegant, Anaba Vintners House is a reflection of the founding Sweazey family’s belief in gracious and uncomplicated hospitality. The thoughtful space includes a long communal table and bar for casual tastings, as well as a light-filled room with cozy, intimate seating areas for in-depth wine education.

“We’ve long desired to create a place for visitors to completely relax and escape,” said John Sweazey, proprietor, Anaba Wines. “This is an extension of our family home, and we want everyone to feel that same warm, inviting atmosphere. We’re now able to offer a much richer tasting experience, and create lasting memories for our guests.”
Broad windows look out over the estate vineyards, drawing the eye to the distant hills and Sonoma Mountain, while private seating areas allow for leisurely personalized wine exploration. With rich blues, soft grays and deep browns, the color palette takes inspiration from nature – evoking fog, water, earth and even the Anabatic winds that give the winery its name.

“From the beautiful custom lights to the raw metal fireplace to the richly-textured sofas, we were very intentional about every design element. My parents even added artwork from their own home,” shared John Michael Sweazey, second generation proprietor. “We wanted the room to echo the beauty of our natural agrarian surroundings and to be very personal.”

Designed to harmonize with the rural setting, the Vintners House hints at a bygone era, complementing the 120- year-old farmstead that was Anaba’s original tasting room and administrative offices. The farmhouse remains part of Anaba’s hospitality center. Beyond the landscaped courtyard, bocce ball and paddle tennis provide opportunities to engage in a bit of competition.

Collaborators on the project include Steve Martin Associates, which provided a full-service design and construction services, CadenceCo. for interior design and guest experience, as well as MacNair Landscape Architecture, electrical engineer partner, Brokaw Design and mechanical engineer, 1500 Inc.

In celebration of the Vintners House opening, a portion of all tasting proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance during the months of October and November. The Sweazeys are longtime supporters of the organization, which creates long-term relationships between caring adults and students in need of social and emotional support.

“The long term and ongoing generosity of the Sweazey family has allowed our organization to thrive and continue to serve the youth in our valley,” said Lee Morgan Brown, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

Anaba Vintners House is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma, in the heart of the Carneros region, just 30 minutes from the Golden Gate bridge. Visitor experiences include the Classic Flight, an introduction to Anaba Wines; the Estate Flight, featuring six single-vineyard selections; and the Vintners Reserve Flight, an educator-led comparative tasting of Anaba Proprietors’ favorite small-lot wine selections, which were inspired by their travels throughout the wine regions of the old world, in particular Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Reservations are encouraged, and required for parties of six or more and for the Vintners Reserve experience. Call 707.996.4188 or email inquiry@anabawines.com for appointments.

About Anaba Wines
Named after the Anabatic winds which sweep over Sonoma’s Carneros region, Anaba Wines was founded in 2006 and is led by the father-and-son team of John Sweazey and John Michael Sweazey. Together with winemakers Katy Wilson and Ross Cob, their vision is to craft artistic Rhône-style blends and graceful Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Anaba is committed to land and resource stewardship and plans to utilize 100% renewable energy by 2020. Visit AnabaWines.com to learn more.


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