Inverness resident Avi Deixler eschews additives like yeast and sulfites at his Absentee Winery. He said he wants to create a wine that expresses natural chemistry and the grapes he uses, which come from Mendocino's Poor Ranch.   Teresa Mathew

Avi Deixler will readily tell you that he doesn’t know how to make wine. “Pretty much I use intuition and hard work,” said Mr. Deixler, owner and cellar master of Absentee Winery, which is located inside the former Gallagher Dairy on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Where milk once flowed, wine now ferments in barrels that Mr. Deixler—whose . . .

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