About 10 minutes off the 101 is the Brandy Peak Distillery. This is a small family-owned business, and they offer tours and tastings for $5 a person. The tour took about 15 minutes, where they gave a good explanation of how brandy is made and showed us the equipment and process they use. The tasting is about a dozen different brandies – and it would be highly advised to either have a designated driver or to split a tasting with someone (which they encourage).
Tasting brandy was a first-time experience for us, since it is not legal for distilleries to offer tastings in California. The bottles range in price from $20 to $40 (and no sales tax, of course!), and they have won several awards.