Last weekend I was fortunate enough to head up to Healdsburg to check out Simi Winery. Founded in 1876, Simi is one of the state's oldest wineries and was one of only four to continue production during Prohibition. Although it was established by two Italian brothers, beginning in 1904, a female, Isabelle Simi, the daughter of one of the brothers, took control of the winery.
She is credited with starting the first tasting room in Sonoma County and continued working at the winery until she retired at age 99. Getting a tour of the winery is a fascinating lesson in local history. Here's an inside look at Simi.