Mendocino Coast Clinics Crab, Wine & Beer Days brought hundreds of people to to the county to feast on local delicacies while raising money for the clinic’s many efforts to serve our community. Participants came from all over California as well as 13 other states and as far away as Connecticut.

The Crab Cake Cook Off and Wine Tasting Competition had two categories of awards – those declared the best by professional media judges and the ever popular People’s Choice Awards selected by the event’s attendees.

Attendees at the Saturday cook-off voted for their favorite wine, and the People’s Choice Award went to Maple Creek Winery.

This year the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition broke all records with over 6,300 wine entries and is now considered the largest competition of American wines in the world. Submissions from across the country came pouring in, from independent winemakers and boutique wineries to large scale producers – including our own Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley.

The wines were evaluated and rated during the judging portion of the competition, which took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair January 5th through 9th. After this competition, many of the award winning wines will be available for the public to taste at the annual Public Tasting event, happening February 14, 2015 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

The winners included the following:

Winery

Vintage

Vineyard  Varietal 

Award

Artevino

2012

Maple Creek Estate Chardonnay

Gold

Artevino

2009

Maple Creek Estate Merlot

Bronze

Bink Wines

2013

Randle Hill Sauvignon Blanc

Gold

Bink Wines

2009

Hawks Butte Bink Estate Vineyard Syrah

Silver

Roadhouse Winery

2012

Weir Vineyard Platinum Label Pinot Noir

Double Gold

Route 128 Winery

2013

Opatz Family Vineyards Viognier

Bronze

Route 128 Winery

2012

Opatz Family Vineyard Syrah

Bronze

Theopolis Vineyards

2012

Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah

Bronze

Wattle Creek Winery

2012

Primitivo

Silver

Yorkville Cellars

2013

Rennie Vineyard Sparkling Malbec Brut Rose

Silver

Yorkville Cellars

2013

Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine

Silver

Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects Mendocino County as one of the top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2015.  According to the publication, “Each year, our editors traipse the globe in search of the world’s most exciting wine destinations. From the iconic Old World to surprising newcomers, the following list should shape your travel plans for the year to come.”  And that list pairs places like the Rhône and Loire valleys in France and Piedmont in Italy with Mendocino County (and of course our very own  Highlands of Anderson Valley).  Check it out.

Food and Beverage World.com focuses on Maple Creek.  Maple Creek Winery is located  along the twists and turns of Highway 128 that cuts a path through the Yorkville Highlands. There, winemaker Tom Rodrigues loves to paint and he makes use of that artistic talent to create the images on his “Artevino” and estate wine labels. Of course, Tom also has a real artistic touch with his wines, is an expert on mushrooms and a great storyteller.  Next time you’re looking for an adventure, venture on over to Maple Creek.  Click here for more.

MWI is pleased to be the recipient of a Risk Management Education grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant in the amount of $80,452.00 will be used to support the 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series. This will provide essential resources for MWI as it continues to promote the reputation of Mendocino County grapes and wines.

“This is a big win for MWI, and proof of our commitment to finding resources outside of our membership,” according to George Lee, MD, MWI’s Board Secretary and grape grower based out of Yorkville Highlands.

The 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series includes programs that are already woven into MWI’s plans, plus a handful of new workshops and seminars that could only be executed with the help of Mendocino County organizations like Visit Mendocino County (VMC), the Yorkville Highlands Growers and Vintners Association (YHGVA), the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA), as well as partners from other areas like the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

An early portion of MWI’s grant application reads: “Our program will put producers in a better position to manage risk. The result of these actions would be improved quality, improved farm operations, and simplified access to buyers helping winegrape growers be competitive and improve their economic viability in a tough economy.”

Information on the 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series will be available soon on the MWI Website, www.mendowine.com; for more questions about MWI, please contact Aubrey M. Rawlins at 707-901-7629 or info@mendowine.com. Access a PDF of this release here.

bink tasting roomBink Wines and co-owners Cindy Paulson and Deb Schatzlein (along with Reilly, their dog) got the attention of the San Francisco Chronicle recently with their delightful blending of great wines and the love of dogs.  Cindy is the winegrower who taps into her expertise as an environmental engineer and Deb Schatzlein’s deep knowledge of chemistry have given them a unique ability to create great wines.

Quoting Reilly, the dog, “Arf arf bark bark arf bark” which translates into “You’ve gotta try the Rosé, Pinot, Merlot, Syrah, Melange or Cabernet Sauvignon.  They’re dog-gone good.”

Check out the article at SFGate.

Come feast with us at Maple Creek! $80 per person and includes all wine, food and music.

We are so excited to have the famous Kalama Brothers live here on the Ranch. Ryan Keau & Kai Kalama Honoring the Spirit of their Hawaiian Heritage and sharing it through their music! Ryan and Kai Kalama have been playing music since they were young kids. They were raised performing on stages with their father Ron Kalama and their uncle Baldwin Nainoa Kalama, Jr. (The original Kalama Brothers) They were also taught by their mother Jamie who was a choir director.

Diverse in their music from Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian, to Soul and Classic Rock. The magic of their harmonies is something special! They will fill your hearts with their love and touch your souls with their warmth. Ryan and Kai always make you feel welcome when you arrive and special when you leave.

For a GREAT time, check this out for more information.

September 7th brings the long-awaited Yorkville Ice Cream Social to the Yorkville fire station. Get your fill of old-fashioned Ice cream floats, burgers, dogs (as in hotdogs) and BBQ-ed oysters.  Try your luck at our traditional cake walk.  Find your next knickknack at the rummage sale.  Be a winner at the many raffles.  And enjoy all manners of fun and games. It’s a great place to meet friends and revel in the delight of summer.  This long-standing celebration benefits the Yorkville Fire Station and other community efforts and is open to EVERYONE.

Fourteen distinguished judges from all over Northern California have awarded hard-earned medals to a select few at the 37th annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, held at Scharffenberger Cellars. Breaking the record set in 2012, the competition received 250 wine entries under more than 50 labels. Each wine in the competition is, of course, made with grapes grown exclusively in Mendocino County with nine winners coming from Yorkville Highlands.

The awards ceremony in Philo, Calif. began with remarks from George Lee of Old Chatham Ranch in the Yorkville Highlands and secretary of the Board of Directors of Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc. (MWI).  Lee noted that, of the Best of Show contenders in Red and White categories, half of those wines also qualified for the Green category, which celebrates wines made from organically- and sustainably-grown grapes.

While not all wineries entered the competition, the medal winners from The Highlands included the following:

Award Category Brand name Label description
Silver Pinot Noir Bink Wines 2009 Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
Silver Sauvignon Blanc Bink Wines 2012 Old Chatham Ranch Reserve Yorkville Highlands
Silver Pinot Noir Maple Creek Winery 2010 Artevino Anderson Valley
Silver Zinfandel Maple Creek Winery 2010 Artevino Largo Ridge
Silver Blended red Maple Creek Winery 2009 Artevino Montage Mendocino County
Gold Chardonnay Maple Creek Winery 2010 Artevino Reserve Mendocino County
Silver Blush and rose Maple Creek Winery 2012 Artevino Flora Blush Yorkville Highlands
Silver Syrah Meyer Family Cellars 2009 Yorkville Highlands High Ground Reserve
Gold Chardonnay Meyer Family Cellars 2012 Anderson Valley Donnelly Creek Vineyard

To see the full results of the competition go here.  Congrats to all.