There are so many worthy wine events coming up in Mendocino County this fall, that I had to write one piece to fit them all in. Feel free print a copy of this post, and tape it to your refrigerator, to use as a guide through the next few months.
The Fall 2016 Hopland Passport is coming up on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Fourteen wineries – Brutocao Cellars, Campovida, Cesar Toxqui Cellars, Graziano Family, Jaxon Keys, Jeriko Estate, McFadden Vineyard, McNab Ridge, Milano Family, Nelson Family, Rivino, Seebass family, SIP Mendocino, and Terra Savia – will pour their wines, and feature a newly released wine, paired with delicious taste treats, on Saturday; and compete in a New Release Showdown Competition at Brutocao at 2 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are available for $45 online at destinationhopland.com through October 21, and for $55 afterward at any participating winery.
Visit Mendocino County and its partners will hold their annual Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival, with the festival running November 4-13, 2016 this year.
There are lodging specials, mushroom themed wine dinners, winery open houses, and a special mushroom camp to attend.
A highlight of the festival will be the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Camp on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 12:00PM-5:00PM at Wente Scout Reservation 5401 Canyon Rd, Willits.
This fun day camp experience, combining educational and entertainment elements, replaces the old Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train tasting experience of the past.
Miss the nostalgia of summer day camp? Want a break from the kids? Then come to an adults-only day of delicious food, exclusive beer and wine, and camp fun, all while helping to raise important funds for the Mendocino County Museum. Stroll through beautiful old-growth trees and golden meadows as you are greeted by the winemakers and brewers of Mendocino County, who offer tastings to complement mushroom dishes prepared by regional chefs as part of the Annual Mushroom Cook- Off Contest. Later in the day, enjoy a BBQ of organic meats while taking part in activities such as mushroom foraging, hiking, home brew making, arts, crafts and more!
$90 per person; $50 designated driver; $10 optional shuttle.
For tickets or info: 707.459.2736 http://www.mendocinomuseum.org
Four mushroom and wine dinners that caught my eye were the CORO Mendocino Fall Winemaker Dinner at 6:00PM on Saturday, November 5, 2016; the BARRA of Mendocino Winemaker Dinner 6:00PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2016; the Bewildered Pig Winemaker Dinner with Signal Ridge at 5:30PM-9:00PM on Thursday, November 10, 2016; and the ‘From Vineyard and Forest to Table’ – Foursight Winery and Ravens Restaurant Winemaker Dinner at 7:30PM on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
CORO Mendocino Fall
Winemaker Dinner at 6:00PM on Saturday, November 5, 2016 –
Savor an Italian dinner paired with CORO wines by Clos Du Bois, Parducci, Testa and more! Appetizer and dessert wines included with your reservation. This will be the first of a series of winemaker dinners hosted by CORO Mendocino. Limited seating – get your ticket before it’s too late! $90 per person and can be purchased online.
Location: Testa Vineyards 6400 N. State St, Calpella
BARRA of Mendocino
Winemaker Dinner 6:00PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 –
You’re invited to join BARRA of Mendocino for an intimate gourmet winemaker dinner. Barra has collaborated with Crush Italian Steakhouse to create a delectable mushroom-themed menu sure to delight your palate. This exquisite meal will be paired with organically grown wines, plus the 2012 and 2013 BARRA CORO Wines. Winemaker Owen Smith, and owners Charlie and Martha Barra, will be your hosts for the evening and look forward to sharing this special dinner with you. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. $75 general; Wine Club Members $65. Call for advance reservations.
Location: Crush Italian Steakhouse, 1180 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah
Tickets: 707.485.0322 or 707.463.0700; Info: http://www.barraofmendocino.com
Bewildered Pig Winemaker Dinner with Signal Ridge at 5:30PM-9:00PM on Thursday, November 10, 2016 –
Join with friends at The Bewildered Pig for a “Fungus Among Us” dinner in celebration of the bevy of foraged fungi here in Mendocino County! Featuring a delicious, 4 course menu (with surprises) paired with Signal Ridge wines, look forward to an evening of camaraderie and delicious mayhem! Dinner $75 per person; Wine Pairings $25 per person +18% service charge and tax ($127 per person total). Limited seating available; please call for reservations.
Location: The Bewildered Pig, 1810 Hwy 128, Philo
Tickets: 707.895.2088; Info: http://www.thebewilderedpig.com
‘From Vineyard and Forest to Table’ – Foursight Winery and Ravens Restaurant Winemaker Dinner at 7:30PM on Saturday, November 12, 2016 –
Join Foursight Vegan Wines’ Kristy Charles and Joseph Webb, Ravens co-creative chef staff, and Stanford Inn’s Wine Director Brendan McGuigan for an incredible four-course dinner featuring wine pairings with Foursight wines, and dishes featuring Mendocino County’s mushroom bounty. $85 per person, reservations required.
Location: Ravens restaurant, Coast Hwy & Comptche-Ukiah Rd, Mendocino
Tickets: 707.937.5615 http://www.ravensrestaurant.com
These are not the only winemaker dinners, or special events during the festival; for more festival activities and events, visit visitmendocino.com.
And now, the coolest news, saving the best for last: two free wine events!
A Taste of Redwood Valley, will host their annual Holiday Faire the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016.
No Ticket Needed! Simply show up at any of the winery or distillery tasting rooms in Calpella or Redwood Valley for holiday themed tasting treats and great sale prices at each stop.
For more information, visit atasteofredwoodvalley.com.
The annual Anderson Valley Holiday Wine Passport Weekends will be held Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2017; and Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2017
Simple…and free for attendees. Two weekends, four days of holiday cheer, food and wine pairings, and great wine sales for your holiday gifting needs.
Each of a dozen winery tasting rooms will also have a toy drive collection box, so bring a new, unwrapped toy donation, and enjoy tasting, while collecting stamps on your passport page. After collecting just six passport stamps, you can enter to win two tickets to the 12th annual International Alsace Varietals Festival Grand Tasting in Anderson Valley, set for Saturday, February 25, 2017.
For more information, visit avwines.com.
I look forward to seeing you at some of these great fall wine events this year.