May 19, 2024

Ep. 123 – The Character (and Characters) of Mendocino Wine

There are so many lesser-know yet fascinating stories in Mendocino County, California that we decided it was worth spending a few weeks there.  Our mission was to present every facet of this remarkable wine country that frequently gets upstaged by the neighboring Napa-Sonoma region.  Small and secluded, Mendocino wines really deserve your attention.  Here you will find your favorite varietals, but you’ll also discover an abundance of wine as unique as the characters that make them.  We begin the story in the Redwood Valley Frey Vineyard with Katrina Frey and learn how they came to be the first organic winemakers in America.  From there, we’re off to meet Ken and Teresa Oster.  This tiny winery makes one very delicious Cabernet… and Cab is all the make.  That’s a big change for Teresa, who was born a Fetzer, one of the region’s biggest and most prominent winemaking families.  Next, it’s a very engaging visit with Greg Graziano.  Greg is renowned for introducing dozens of unfamiliar Italian Varietals to America and beyond.  And if all this wine talk has you thinking about giving wine as a holiday gift… you best wait until you get a little advice from David and Gadget Guru Matt Dubow!

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