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"Islands in the Sky"™, as most locals call it, is a more romantic and appropriate name for the Mendocino Ridge AVA. Adjacent to the Pacific, the lower areas of coastal Mendocino County are regularly blanketed with a cooling fog, except for the ridges. These non-contiguous peaks rise from clouds of fog, seemingly like islands, bringing uninterrupted sunshine to the scattering of tiny vineyards nestled among Redwood and Douglas fir trees. The region covers more than a quarter-million acres of mountainous land. But only about one-third of this is above the 1,200-foot fog line, the minimum elevation at which land is included within the appellation. Of this eligible land, only a minute fraction is suitable for grape cultivation. Just 75 acres of the entire viticultural area is planted, with Zinfandel being the local specialty since the late 1800s when some of these ridge-top vineyards were first planted. The legacy of the early Italian mountain vignerons is honored today, as Mendocino Ridge is recognized Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • A couple more from Pax Mahle arrived today:L - The 2016 Pax Chenin Blanc Buddha's Dharma Mendocino CountyR - The 2015 Pax Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards Canto Ridge Terraces Medocino County Read More

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  • Edmeades Gianoli Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge 2013


    Powerful aromatics of earthy salinity, ripe raspberry and black cherry and a floral violet note on the nose. This is nicely heated on the palate, with a well rounded spice box of cinnamon, clove and anise coming through and more black cherry and bright red fruits washing over towards the finish that turns floral again right before it becomes all... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ferrari Carano Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2014


    Nicely floral notes of violets and ripe cherry with notes of sweet spice on the nose. This has some good acidity coming through and is a touch medicinal with notes of licorice, ripe cherry, blueberry and a creamy finish. Herbal and oaky with soft through through the mid palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hi All,My family winery, Terra Sávia, is hosting a sparkling wine festival showcasing Mendocino County producers. It's our third year in a row and is a great way to kick off Spring! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.Participating WineriesCampovida (New Participant!)Graziano Family WinesMcFadden VineyardsNelson VineyardsParducci Wi... Read More

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  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Merlot Mendocino Ridge Estate Bottled 2006


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Back home from Cali and just finished unpacking. A bit tired after the Dry Creek Passport weekend followed by a day of tasting on our own and then a great evening with Mr. and Mrs. OT - tx again and hope you enjoy the leftovers! That Ridge was mighty tasty but totally different from the fantastic Myriad you popped, I really love a good syrah.  H... Read More

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  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% alcohol from any maker. Now sometimes even 16%. This is not only a problem for zin, but also for cabernet sauvignon and other varietals in California. Really bad in places like Paso Robles and Lodi, but plenty of culprits up in Napa and even Sonoma. Unfortunately it's al... Read More

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  • Fetzer Sauvignon Blanc California Echo Ridge 2011


    Green Apple, mint. Crisp and clean. Very very mild spice (pepper). Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • OT, we'll be flying into SFO and driving up the 101.  On the way up these are the places that seem like they may be interesting:McNab Ridge WinerySIP!MendocinoJerikoRivinoParducciTesta Here's a list of places I'd like to try to get to while we're staying in Mendocino (most likely more that we can do in 2 days but it's good to have options):Edmea... Read More

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  • Edmeades Winery Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard 2008


    Strawberry fruit tops a nose which shows off hints of oily seeds and a touch of beefy white pepper. Round on entry with an early suggestion of sweetness, this is a bit of a throwback style with plenty of rich black cherry pie flavors supported by supple tannins and modest acidity. Theres nice intensity of flavor here, and a smooth texture, but i... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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