Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mendocino makes magic for wine thirsty travelers and foodies

The California area offers food and wine lovers a full calendar of choices from April to January and beyond
Patti Pietschmann


Looking for a wine and food soaked spring break? Think Mendocino, California.  Starting on April 7 you can sink your teeth into and quench your thirst at The Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine Festival. 



This  stellar event showcases Mendocino County's renowned bubblies.   Terra S├ívia Winery in Hopland, set on a working olive oil ranch is offering wines paired with delicious tastes of salmon, oysters, pates and canapes.
On April 28, The 22nd Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival kicks off with a brewfest fit for kings at Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Craft beers from dozens of breweries from San Diego to Portland pour suds all afternoon at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Food and music round out the day. www.avbc.com. Boonville, Calif.

Then on the 5th and 6th of May it's Spring Wine Weekend at Destination Hopland, set at the gateway of Mendocino County along the Inspiration Highway, is the locale for this annual tasting event. Browse the quaint town and enjoy a bevy of local varietals paired with food and entertainment. www.destinationhopland.com. 

May 19-20 the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival kicks off with tasting of the region’s world class Pinot Noir wines. Set deep in the rustic redwoods of Camp Navarro in Anderson Valley, the event includes a grand tasting, technical conference, scrumptious food pairings and winemaker dinners throughout the valley. www.avwines.com.  
Moving into summer, on July 7 it th e world’s Largest Salmon BBQ
in scenic Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. The s annual event spotlights the region’s rich salmon haul with all proceeds directed to improve salmon populations on the Northern California coast. Enjoy grilled salmon and all the fixings to benefit Salmon.

Wait, there's more from July to August 
 July 21–22 Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting
Glass in hand explore the Anderson Valley AVA in all its summer glory; events and tasting throughout the region from Boonville to the Deep End.
Brings all things blackberry along with arts and crafts booths, blackberry delicacies, Mendocino County wine tasting and children’s 

See  you in September at the Beer, Bison and Bluegrass festival; the Seafood and Harbor Fest (Sept. 2)   
 September 14–15, 2018 - Winesong Charity Auction  and Tasting (Sept. 14 and 15) at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg and even more come October until the end of the year. Want to know what's  happening then? Click on .