Wine Tasting in Mendocino County

wine tasting in mendocinoIf you’re still thinking of the best way to celebrate the harvest season, let me give you a great suggestion – get a Hopland Passport and enjoy two fun-filled, wine-induced days in the town of Hopland in Mendocino County, California. Your glass will never go empty as you go through 14 participating wineries known for their tongue-tingling vino.

Besides the libation, expect delectable food pairings, awesome tours, art, and live music to match your wine at each stop. What more could you want while you go bottoms up?

Wine is definitely celebrated in this quaint little town that has been resided by generations of Italian farmers since the 1850s. Thus, don’t be surprised that Hopland is known to be California’s best wine producers.

Are you convinced yet? Well, all you need now is a Hopland Passport, which is priced online at $45 per person. Advanced purchase is recommended because the ticket goes up by $10 on the day of the event. Do you have a designated driver? You should for the sake of safety, and besides, designated drivers receive free entry to the event after signing up. No wine will be served to them, but they can still enjoy the food tastings and all the merriment!

Here are some wineries that you can definitely look forward to.

  1. Brutocao Cellars – Stomp grapes like you mean it at this award-winning winery known for their handcrafted wines and friendliest tasting rooms.
  2. Campovida – Wines produced from their organic farm are incomparable. Try the Piazza de Campovida restaurant for the wine tasting, olive oil tasting, live music, and food pairings. Tour the garden and immerse your five senses with the beauty of nature.
  3. Cesar Toxqui Cellars – Don’t miss out on a glass of Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay paired with delicious fruit-infused cheeses. Or if you want to feed the carnivore in you, pair your wine with barbecued wild boar sausage.
  4. Frey Vineyards – Go south of downtown Hopland and at the Solar Living Institute, find your way to the Frey Tasting Room. Taste their award-winning organic and biodynamic wines paired with their organic seasonal dishes.
  5. Graziano Family of Wines – Serving as many as 30 different wines in a variety of Italian and Mendocino traditions, the Graziano winery is another great wine-tasting stop for everyone. Paired dishes also come in many selections, such as crockpot tri-tips, cheeses, homemade dips and spreads, and more.

Since it’s a two-day event from October 18th to 19th, come stay in the village of Mendocino and you’ll find cabins and guesthouses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A wonderful lodging choice is Sea Rock Inn for its luxurious cabins and suites, offering the view of the coast right from your window. It’s a perfect place to come home to after a tiring but pleasurable expedition at the wineries.

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