Wine 101: America: Mendocino

This episode of “Wine 101” is sponsored by J Vineyards & Winery. In the northern part of California, the elevation is high and the air is rare — in other words, it’s cool up there. Pinot Noir thrives in environments like this, something J Vineyards knows well, resulting in wines sourced from Mendocino with a characteristic depth of fruit. It’s like a vacation in a glass.

Way up north, above all of California’s major cities, lies Mendocino County. When it comes to wine, this place is like a chocolate box. There are so many different climates here — from foggy valleys to the Mediterranean coastline with cool nights — resulting in a wide spectrum of grape expressions. It’s home to 10 AVAs, and unlike some of California’s more famous wine regions, Mendocino isn’t dominated by big corporate vineyards. Rather, it’s become a playground for small, family-owned producers who are experimenting with different grapes and seeing what sticks.

On this episode of “Wine 101,” host Keith Beavers chats with husband-and-wife winemaking team Erin and Sandy of Dogwood & Thistle Wine Company about the Mendocino AVA. We’re going to get into low-alcohol, high-acid wines and paint a picture of what’s going on in this region. Tune in for more.

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“Wine 101” was produced, recorded, and edited by yours truly, Keith Beavers, at the VinePair headquarters in New York City. I want to give a big old shout-out to co-founders Adam Teeter and Josh Malin for creating VinePair. Big shout-out to Danielle Grinberg, the art director of VinePair, for creating the most awesome logo for this podcast. Also, Darby Cicci for the theme song. Listen to this. And I want to thank the entire VinePair staff for helping me learn something new every day. See you next week.

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