Sonoma County sunsets transform the greens, russets and yellows of a 68-acre vineyard in Windsor, California, into a portrait of bounty. To the east, in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, a gated community features a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Across Shiloh Road to the north, more modest homes abut an equestrian center. Jets overhead transit through a regional airport named for “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz. The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate down the road offers bocce, picnics and pinot noir.
At the end of a long driveway stands a mansion recently occupied by the vineyard’s owner — before he sold the spread for $12.3 million to the Koi Nation. The Koi, a tribe whose ties to the region date back thousands of years, intend to build a casino resort here.