The fog-shrouded redwoods and steep hills of Anderson Valley have enchanted WindRacer co-founder Barbara Banke since her first visit to the area. Cold winds from the Pacific Ocean carry marine air into the alluvial terraces of Anderson Creek and other tributaries of the Navarro River, cooling and refreshing the earth and vines each evening. This nightly influx of fog creates mild springs and autumns, as well as a dramatic diurnal temperature variation in the summer months that sometimes spans 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the course of a single day. The long growing season and high elevation – up to 2,500 feet above sea level in some areas – enable grapevines to maintain a graceful natural balance of acidity, sugar, and tannin. For Barbara, as for so many others, the sleek focus and refinement of Anderson Valley fruit produce some of the finest cool-climate wines in the state.