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Winesong! Prepares For 35th Anniversary

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Mendocino Botannical Gardens is an idyllic spot for strolling and tasting Mendocino Botannical Gardens is an idyllic spot for strolling and tasting Photo: Mendocino Winesong

TASTE News Service, August 6, 2019 – Mendocino Coast’s annual Winesong weekend event takes place September 6th and 7th.

Winesong 4 women tasters PicmonkeyEnjoying the sun at garden tasting.      Photo: Mendocino Wiinesong

Set along the picturesque Mendocino coastline, the two-day festival is both a showcase of the region’s own wines as well as special wines from Napa, Sonoma, Oregon and beyond. Winesong offers a full entertainment experience, characterized by local wineries, breweries and cideries, as well as regional culinary vendors, fine art, music, and charitable giving.

Celebrating its 35th year, Winesong now attracts a national audience, drawing both locals and tourists from far and wide. The event is hosted by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation and has raised more than $8 million to date for improvements in local healthcare, including equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.

“We could not be more thrilled to celebrate the 35th annual Winesong!” says Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Michelle Roberts. “Our hope is that this will be our best year yet with respect to fundraising and attendees given it’s a special anniversary and we have many new features to offer this year.”

The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 6th with A Pinot Noir Celebration where guests will enjoy over 35 outstanding wineries in an intimate setting at the Little River Inn (two miles south of Mendocino Village), accompanied by a taste of the Inn’s famous culinary delights. At this opportunity to evaluate classic Pinot Noir and learn how exemplary bottles improve with age, guests can sip and savor while meeting and mingling with the winemakers, all while overlooking the spectacular Pacific Coast. Little River Inn’s best culinary offerings will be specifically paired to the outstanding Pinot Noir being offered. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased here.

Winesong glass with flowers PicmonkeyPhoto: Mendocino Winesong

The much-anticipated Winesong Wine & Food Tasting will take place Saturday, September 7th. This is Winesong’s signature tasting event, where visitors can stroll through Fort Bragg’s lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and beyond, as well as bites from some of the finest regional gourmet food purveyors The tasting is accented and enhanced by various music groups performing a wide range of styles at different stations including jazz, classical, blues, calypso and folk rock.  

Finally, the centerpiece of Winesong weekend is the Charity Auction, which will take place Saturday, September 7th, features both a silent and live auction.  Radio and television wine personality Ziggy Eschliman will build excitement as the newly appointed Auction Director with lively bidding in the auction tents for nearly 200 lots, featuring spectacular wines from the world’s most prestigious wine producers, rare vintages, large format bottles plus special vertical and horizontal collections. Other auction highlights include original art from acclaimed California artists, vacations packages and international wine getaway packages to Europe, the Caribbean, and other enchanting parts of the world.

Winesong will also honor its 2019 Vintner of the Year, Jackson Family Wineries, which has had a long connection to Mendocino County viticulture

Last year’s 2018 Vintner of the Year was Dan Duckhorn of Duckhorn Wine Company, who said of the event, “Winesong is one of the most elegant wine events of the year. It’s the marriage of some of California’s best wines in one of the state’s most beautiful locations, all in support of a very worthy cause.”

Editor’s note: For detailed information about this year’s Winesong!, including ticket information, visit winesong.org

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