The Vibe: 

Once upon a time there was a 20th century photographer named Ansel Adams, who took breathtaking, dramatic nature photos, particularly of the American West. Today, in addition to adorning classrooms, dorm rooms, and cubicle wall-ettes around the country, this photographer’s images grace the between-the-barrels spaces at a specific California winery – Turnbull Wine Cellars.

In addition to the largest private collection of Adams’ photographs (which are displayed on a rotating basis in the tasting room), Turnbull offers visitors the chance to try luscious, reasonably priced, cabs and syrahs in a quiet cellar setting. The attendant wine-pourer is knowledgeable about both the wines and the history of the winery, and happy to answer as many questions as a visitor cares to throw, provided he’s not too busy. Tours are also available by appointment.

Known For: 
Cab, Syrah, Black Label blend
Not good for: 
  • Tour buses, other large groups
  • Corporate or other events
  • Pets, kids


Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Reasonably priced Cab, Syrah
  • Ansel Adams’ photography
  • A photo op among barrels
  • A medium-sized, still-privately-owned winery that uses estate grown fruit