Interview with Hope Nastri of Twomey Cellars

Hope Nastri, associate winemaker at Twomey Cellars’ Anderson Valley estate in Philo, shares her journey from math teacher to winemaker, her minimalist winemaking philosophy, and the sustainable practices that define Twomey’s commitment to producing distinctive pinot noirs. Hope Nastri Roger Coryell: Hope, can you start by telling us about your role at Twomey Cellars and within the company? Hope Nastri:… Read the rest

Wine and cheese can combat dementia, new study says

Eating cheese and drinking red wine might help combat dementia symptoms, according to Iowa State University research. The study, involving nearly 1,800 Brits aged 46 to 77, found that daily red wine and cheese, along with weekly lamb, reduced dementia risk. Cheese emerged as the most protective food, and red wine also showed benefits. Conversely, high salt intake was linked… Read the rest

Taste Mendocino 2024

Join us June 29 for a swirl through our region’s diverse showcase of fine wines, artisanal foods, enchanting destinations, and unique experiences. window.location.href = ""; Take a deep dive into our epic pinot noirs, robust reds, crisp whites, and sparkling bubbles. Sip fantastic wines from all regions of Mendocino County, sample delicious food from local restaurants and farmers, and enjoy… Read the rest

3rd Annual Under the Radar California Wine Competition Open for Entries

The Peninsula Underground is now accepting entries for its 3rd Annual Under the Radar California Wine Competition. This event is dedicated to showcasing small-scale wineries from California that produce up to 10,000 cases annually. The competition offers a platform for these wineries to gain exposure and recognition within the industry. Competition Details: Submission Deadline: Entries must be received by Thursday,… Read the rest

Financial Management and Strategy Course

Join the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University for a series of transformative courses designed for professionals looking to enhance their skills in the dynamic field of wine business. Financial Management and Strategy CourseInstructor: Jared Dalton, a highly accomplished finance and operations leader.Dates: June 26 – August 21, 2024Time: Wednesdays, 6-7 PM PST (9 weekly online classes)Fee: $1250 (includes… Read the rest

Bonnie Butcher named executive director of Mendocino Winegrowers Inc.

Mendocino Winegrowers Inc. (MWI) announces the appointment of Bonnie Butcher as its new executive director. Butcher brings a wealth of experience in event management, sales, and strategic planning to her new role. Diverse experience to lead MWI With a diverse background in hospitality and event planning, Butcher is poised to drive MWI’s mission of promoting and advancing the Mendocino County… Read the rest

Upcoming Wine Events

AO Asado – May at Alta Orsa Winery May 11, 2024, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. An outdoor cookout event featuring grilled meats and vegetables, dessert pairings, and tastings of three single-vineyard wines. Includes a vineyard tour with winemaker Martin Bernal-Hafner and discounted wine bundles for takeaway. General admission is $30, and club member admission is $20. Alta Orsa WineryRead the rest

Frey Vineyards: blending tradition with innovation

A harmonious blend of old and new Wandering through the newly reconstructed Frey Vineyards winery in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley, one can’t help but marvel at the synergy between state-of-the-art technology and age-old winemaking traditions. Jonathan and Katrina Frey, pioneers in organic and biodynamic wine, have cultivated more than just grapes; they’ve nurtured a philosophy. “Our customers are looking for… Read the rest

The Wine Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

Lodi Growers posted a “must read” for winegrowers, shedding light on a little-discussed issue in the California wine industry: the large-scale importation of foreign bulk wine. In 2022 alone, California wineries imported nearly 68 million gallons of foreign wine, even as local grapes remained unharvested due to claims of excess inventory. This growing trend, fueled by global wine oversupply and… Read the rest

Anderson Valley Wine Events

As the Mendocino wine community blossoms into 2024, we’re thrilled to announce a series of events that highlight the distinct flavors and spirited camaraderie of our region. Our picturesque Anderson Valley, renowned for its unique terroir and exquisite wines, is set to host two signature events that encapsulate the essence of our wine culture. White Wine Weekend: A Sparkling… Read the rest

Seafood & Sips Mendocino

This event, set for Jan. 26 to Feb. 4, 2024, highlights Mendocino County’s 90 miles of Pacific coastline, over 90 wineries, and 12 diverse American Viticultural Areas. The county, known for its high percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards, offers a blend of coastal and wine experiences. Key events include: Sparkling Wine & Oyster Celebration: At Saracina Vineyards in Hopland,… Read the rest

Sonoma State University Launches Online Wine Entrepreneurship Program

Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, in collaboration with the School of Extended Education, is introducing a specialized Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Aimed at individuals interested in the wine industry, the program offers comprehensive coverage of key business and entrepreneurial aspects in this sector. Scheduled from Feb. 7 to March 27, 2024, the eight-week online course will delve… Read the rest

2023 Mendo Wine Competition Results

body section.banner.hide-mts div.banner-caption div {color:black;background-color:#ffffff!important} The 44th annual wine competition held at the Mendocino County Fair has awarded five different wineries with the prestigious “Best of Show” winners title. The fair, which took place in Hopland, saw 195 wines from 36 wineries submitting entries to the competition. Among these, Boonville’s Pennyroyal Farm stood out, winning two of the Best of… Read the rest

Pennyroyal Farm

Nestled in the hills of Boonville in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley, Pennyroyal Farm is a farmstead dairy and winery specializing in sustainability and organic farming practices.

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