It’s time again for a fun-filled gourmet wine and food weekend at the world-renowned Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens—the 34th Annual Winesong! event beginning September 7. The wines are award-winning, the art is spectacular, and a crush of attendees from all over the country will revel in fantastic music and merriment along the beautiful garden paths, decorated by Mother Nature!
Gourmet Wine and Food: A Pinot Noir Celebration at Little River Inn
An intimate gathering at the historic Little River Inn launches the season on Friday night. Taste outstanding Pinot Noir wines from 35+ wineries, perfectly matched with culinary offerings from the inn’s superlative chefs. A simply delightful opportunity to evaluate wines and learn how a classic Pinot Noir improves with age as you enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Savor lush and elegant wines, meet and mingle with the winemakers, and enjoy music by the Dorian May Quartet: Francis Vanek on saxophone, Dorian May on keyboards, Dorothea May on bass, and Scott Wise on drums.
Gourmet Wine and Food: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
On Saturday, September 8, the Grand Tasting route takes guests along scenic paths at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Sample fine vintages poured by world-class Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma wineries, and enjoy delicious fare from more than forty creative California culinary establishments. Just a few of the foodie highlights include Fort Bragg’s own A Sweet Affair, with visually stunning, delicious desserts, Assaggiare Mendocino, Sugar Coated Catering, Cafe Beaujolais, Cypress Grove Creamery from Arcata, Harvest Market, Kemmy’s Pies from Willits, Ledford House, Little River Inn, MacCallum House, Mendocino Hotel, Albion River Inn, Noyo Harbor Inn, Piaci Pizza, Silvers at the Wharf, Restaurant Los Gallitos, Mendocino Mushrooms, Noyo Food Forest, Pennyroyal Farm, Trillium Cafe, The Westport Hotel, and many more. More details about the food vendors here. Savor all the lush and elegant wines, enjoy tasty brews and hand-crafted ciders—even some fine spirits along the trail.
Gourmet Wine and Food: Live and Silent Auction
The Live and Silent Auctions are always a main attraction of the Winesong! experience. More than a hundred Hot! Hot! Hot! Auction Lots are on offer, and proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Join the action and bid on spectacular wines from prestigious wine producers, rare and hard-to-find vintages, and special vertical and horizontal collections. Other auction items include original paintings and art from renowned artists, domestic and international vacation packages and custom-designed wine getaway vacations. Domestic Trips include an event with Nancy and Dan Duckhorn that includes private jet transportation from Napa to Goldeneye Winery and back, a Willamette Valley Wine Experience, and America’s Cup Sailing on San Diego Bay. International vacations take the winner to New Zealand, a country life experience in France, or a South African Safari and Wine excursion. Wine experiences include Grape Encounters with Playboy Mansion chef William Carter, an ultimate blending vacay in Paso Robles, where you’ll learn to blend your own wines, or a complete immersion at Baldacci with a winemaker dinner, tastings, and two-night stay. Silent and Super Silent Auctions also feature a wide variety of exciting items for quiet bids.
Gourmet Wine and Food: Winesong! Artist of the Year and Vintner of the Year
Tom Rodrigues, Winesong! Artist of the Year is a graphic artist and winemaker who creates stained glass installations and fine art. His many accolades include being chosen as designer and production manager for all stained glass work at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’s film complex, and his acrylic and oil paintings have been featured in galleries around the country. Rodrigues and his team at Maple Creek Winery have cultivated award-winning wines since 2001.