Taste of Mendocino 2012 – Why You Need To Go

Taste of Mendocino 2012What are you doing on Monday, June 11?   If you will be in or near San Francisco that day, you really need to know about the 2012 Taste of Mendocino event.  On June 11, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., you can taste wine from over 50 Mendocino County wineries all under one roof at the Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison Street (at 1st Street) in San Francisco for only $25 per person.  Go here now to purchase your tickets in advance, as the price at the door will be $35 (cash only).

At Taste of Mendocino you can enjoy delicious wines from high quality producers such as Baxter, Bink Wines, Bliss Family Vineyards, Drew Family Cellars, Elke Vineyards, Esterlina Vineyards, Foursight Wines, Jaxon Keys, Londer Vineyards, Maple Creek Winery, Meyer Family Cellars, Navarro Vineyards and Winery, Patianna Organic Vineyards, Philo Ridge Vineyards,  and Roederer Estate all in one place.  On top of that, over 10 wineries from outside of Mendocino County who make wines from grapes grown there will also be at the event pouring samples.  This will give you an opportunity to try some of the portfolio from Artezin Wines, Donkey and Goat, Elizabeth Spencer, and Skylark Wine Company among others.  Mendocino County may have about 17,000 vineyard acres, but 72% of the vineyards are 30 acres or less, so you will find a lot of smaller, family-owned wineries at this event.

And that’s not even the best part.  Ready for it?    

Taste of Mendocino showcases not only the best wine in Mendocino County, but also the best in food, lodging, nature, activities, adventure and more.  In addition to winery representatives, many other Mendocino County residents will be there to share information, advice, and even some local products from a broad range of organizations.

Looking for activities in Mendocino County?  Come to Taste of Mendocino and learn about the Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino County Museum, and the Skunk Train.  Or, get information and ask questions about popular events such as the Mendocino Music Festival (usually held in July each year), WineSong (September), the Wine and Mushroom Festival (November), and/or Crab and Wine Days (January).

If you need lodging ideas, there will also be representatives from destinations such as Brewery Gulch Inn, the Cliff House, Little River Inn, The Madrones, and Sheep Dung Properties showing pictures and possibly offering discounts.

For alcoholic offerings aside from wine, come to Taste of Mendocino and try the products from Mendocino Brewing Company and Craft Distillers.

Want some insight into the great food available in Mendocino County?  Vendors such as Wild Fish Restaurant, Kemmy’s Pies, and Assaggiare Mendocino will be at the event with samples.   If you’re looking for other local food purveyors, check out Oma’s Gourmet Brittle, Lovers Lane Farm, Fairall’s Farm Fresh Eggs and Produce, Carol Hall’s Hot Pepper Jelly Company, and the Mendocino Sea Salt and Seasoning Company.  Other artisan craftsmen such as Potter Valley Soapworks and Sapothecary will be there as well.

Mendocino County includes windy roads, boutique wineries, hikes that truly make you feel you’ve gotten away from it all, coastal escapes, farms and vineyards, organic breweries, funky arts and crafts, and a very laid-back vibe.  By joining forces, the Visit Mendocino County and the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission organizations are essentially bringing Mendocino County to you, so you can learn all about those things to help plan your next trip there.

Taste of Mendocino is a truly fun and informative event.   If you’re planning a trip to Mendocino County, it’s a wonderful way to check out possibilities and meet the people who work there.  If you’ve already been to Mendocino County and want to reminisce, there’s plenty here to remind you of what a lovely destination it is.  If you are into wine and want a great way to learn (or learn more) about some of the best wine from Mendocino, it’s a fantastic opportunity.

Or, if all you want to do is spend a few hours having a great time early in the evening on a Monday, it’s hard to think of a better solution than Taste of Mendocino 2012.  Seriously, you’ll never find a better reason to put up with 1st Street in San Francisco on a weekday at 5:00 p.m.  So, just click here to purchase your ticket(s) for June 11.

(Earlier in the day, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Taste of Mendocino is open only for trade and media representatives such as wine buyers and distributors, sommeliers, meeting planners, travel planners, and media.  To see if you may qualify for a Trade or Media Pass, please click here but be sure to do it by June 5th)

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