Formerly open to members only, this event now welcomes all Bay Area and visiting wine enthusiasts. Admission to our quarterly gathering also comes with a membership in our discount group buying cooperative, wine.coop which be offering wines up to 60% off in the coming months. We reduced the cost of the tickets from $30 to $20 and $50 to $35 for two.
$35 for two
A credit will be granted for use in a future quarter if the member cancels their attendance before July 18.
We return to our pop up tasting room format that includes vintners and reps from four top artisan producers showcasing their wines sourced from vineyards located in different sub appellations, plus a blind taste-off of some of the best small lot wines from grapes grown throughout the Mendocino AVA many of which were poured at a recent trade tasting.
Attendees act as a people's tasting panel composed of those who buy their wines for their meals, not the professionals who receive samples and tend to seek other qualities in wines besides how delicious they are. The Best of Tasting will go into our wine.coop selection.
The vino will be paired with a selection of Schaller & Weber German meats and crudités presented by The Butcher's Daughter, Julie Schaller. Wines will be available for ordering at a 20% members' discount. Members can also bid on other wines at the event to benefit Bay Area Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The following wneries (click on the names to access their website) have been invited to place wines into our showdown flights to select the finalists for inclusion in our wine.coop catalogue.
Alder Springs Vineyards
In far northern Mendocino County, Stuart Bewley has been growing some of California's most outstanding wine grapes since 1993. Located in the far north of the county, this undeveloped region is bordered by dramatic coastlines and the breathtaking Eel River.
Originally planted in 1998, Balo Vineyards produces wine from estate grown fruit. This and the mature vines and five carefully chosen clones serve to create wines that exhibit true varietal character and that showcase both our unique vineyard site and micro-climate.
BARRA of Mendocino
A local legend, Charlie Barra began farming grapes in 1955. Our wines are made from 100% estate grown, hand-picked certified organic grapes. We believe that the combination of our organic viticulture practices, coupled with our unique geographic location in the Mendocino appellation, helps us deliver premium wines that are truly representative of their roots.
Frey Vineyards was the first winery in the United States to make certified Biodynamic® Wines. Our vineyards and winery are nestled on the slopes of Redwood Valley in Mendocino County, at the headwaters of the Russian River.
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has built a reputation for producing world class wines in small lots (total annual production is only 1500 cases). The winery continually receives Best of Show awards at major wine competitions.
For nearly fifty years, four generations of our family have enjoyed the natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna of Kimmel Ranch. Kimmel Vineyards is a family endeavor and we are very proud and excited about being able to craft wines from land we all know so well.
McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley. We began producing our wine in 2003. The hot days and cool nights of Potter Valley give our wines exceptional character and flavor; and meticulous care of the soil enables us to produce top quality grapes year after year.
Phillips Hill Winery
Pilgrimages to Burgundy have influenced Toby Hill's pursuit of a refined, down to earth and graceful “old meets new world” style. The challenge lies in the quest for the taste of fruit without sweetness and with lower alcohols, always striving for authenticity from the vineyard, elegance, finesse, energy and restrained ethereal power.
Philo Ridge Vineyards
Philo Ridge Vineyards is located in the beautiful hills of the Anderson Valley. We make small, handcrafted lots of eleven complex, palate-pleasing wines. Our vineyards are farmed using sustainable methods and the winery is 100% wind and solar-powered.
The Signal Ridge Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard
in all of Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa counties. This challenging ridgetop terroir produces unique high end singular fruit. Signal Ridge wines are created through the teamwork, trust and cooperation.
Tahto Wines are made in Potter Valley by Wayne Bauer. The valley is a truly beautiful and unique place. During the growing season, the hot days and cool nights combine to create fruit of exceptional flavors, especially in white wine grapes. Our wines are handmade in very small lots, with great attention to detail, creating wines of intense flavors which are true to the varietals and the region.
Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley. Situated along Highway 128 in southeastern Mendocino County near the border of Sonoma County, the AVA is a highly elevated, rugged interior wine-growing area.
Already an experienced winemaker, Alex MacGregor decided to hang out his own shingle upon meeting Alvin Tollini at Niemi Vineyard. In an instant, he knew this would be the source of the raw materials, that is to say the grapes, to begin Trinafour Cellars. The vineyard is certified organic and grapes are harvested by hand from blocks that are head pruned and dry farmed.
Waits-Mast Family Cellars
Waits-Mast Family Cellars has focused its efforts on single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the often foggy, cool-climate regions of California. We aspire to create delicious Pinot Noir by working with intriguing vineyards and letting their unique characteristics – from coastal proximity to hillside placement – shine through in the wine.