119 runners, joggers, and walkers participated in the 4th annual Crush Rush 5K Benefit Run hosted by Parducci Wine Cellars. The event raised over $6,500 for Ukiah Unified School Gardens and Nutrition Programs.
"Many runners commented that it was one of the most beautiful courses they had run because they were running through the vineyards, around the water reclamation pond and among trees as opposed to running on concrete," said D'Selkie Ukiah Unified School Garden Program Coordinator.
The run took place midway through the harvest of Parducci Wine Cellars' estate vines. Jess Arnsteen, Parducci Farm and Garden Director, said, "We're very thankful for the generous contributions from our sponsors; without them this event wouldn't be possible. It's terrific to see how supportive our local businesses are of our children and community." The sponsors of this year's Crush Rush were Acme Rigging, Friedman's Home Improvement, Realty World - Selzer Realty, The Golden Pig, Savings Bank of Mendocino, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, Schat's Bakery, and Thanksgiving Coffee.
The School Garden Program serves 8 schools from preschool to 8th grade in Ukiah, reaching 4,200 students. Rochelle Enzler, Director of Events, said, "We are so happy to support the Ukiah Unified School Garden Program and their mission to educate our youth on healthy diet, nutrition, and gardening."
"Parducci Wine Cellars is a wonderful community partner involved in our school garden program," said D'Selkie. "We are so fortunate to live in a place where people care enough to support children, school gardens, and local food."
1. Kianna Ruffin - 22:48
2. Meta Dunn - 23:21
3. Tiffany Edwards - 24:05
1. Leo Buc - 19:17
2. Tony Madrigal - 20:07
3. Jaime Martinez - 20:29
Under 10 Female
1. Emily Henebury
2. Magdalena Ramey
3. Jocelyn Torres
Under 10 Male
1. Felipe De Jesus Malfavon
2. Theodore Ramey
3. Samuel Ramey
11 – 14 Female
1. Kianna Ruffin
2. Elena Edwards
3. Emylia Ruffin
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15 – 19 Female
1. Krystina Ruffin
2. Emma Schueller
15 – 19 Male
1. Philip Henebury
20 – 29 Female
1. Layla Zuniga
2. Jennifer Freeman
3. Emillie Feenan
20 – 29 Male
1. Ruben Larios
2. Javier Marrero
30 – 39 Female
1. Meta Dunn
2. Tiffany Edwards
3. Gina Henebury
30 – 39 Male
1. Leo Buc
2. Chase Thornhill
3. Alejandro Larios
40 – 49 Female
1. Natalie Kristiansen
2. Jani Creel-Tollow
3. Jaci Spear
40 – 49 Male
1. Tony Madrigal
2. Jaime Martinez
3. Brian Brown
50 – 59 Female
1. Jan Tiedemann
2. Cheryl Rainville
3. Rebecca Ronco
50 – 59 Male
1. Patrick Hickey
2. Steve Hencz
60 – 69 Female
1. Nancy Morgan
2. Judy Carter
3. Coralee Hendrix
60 – 69 Male
1. Randy Esson
2. Joe Chavez
3. Thomas Gorton
1. Helen Tepas
2. Margery Sotomayor
3. Carleen Goeckel
1. Mike Bielenberg
2. Michael Heath
3. Jim Schee
Esteemed wine critic, Steve Heimoff, recently tasted True Grit Petite Sirah library wines that he first reviewed back in 2009... How have they been holding up? "I’m happy to say the wines continue to offer plenty of interest", said Steve.
"It’s almost a given that wine critics call Petite Sirah ageable. I nearly always did in my career, for a couple reasons. First, it’s really tannic in youth, but balanced, and secondly, I’ve been lucky enough to taste many old Petite Sirahs, so I have first-hand experience. A good one, from a good vintage, will last for decades, in the right cellar. And Parducci’s Petite Sirah is always good; at Wine Enthusiast, when these three wines were released, I gave the 2004 93 points, the 2005 89 points, and the 2006 I scored at 90 points. I’m happy to say the wines continue to offer plenty of interest."
"2006: The wine was $30 on release, a lot for a Peite Sirah, but it was quite good. I called it “consistently one of the best in California” and gave it 90 points. It was tasty when I reviewed it in 2009, and now, eight years later, it still is, although it’s showing its age. The fresh fruits—blackberries, currants—are drying out and turning savory and leathery, and there’s a soft, dark chocolate unctuousness, but the spices are still there, and so are the tannins. It’s a very nice wine to drink now, elegant and complex. I would keep the score at 90 points."
"2005: When the wine was first released, I called it “young, dry, jammy, acidic and tannicly immature,” a rather “aloof” wine. Now, at the age of 12 years, it’s really blossomed. The tannins are resolved, although still firm, and the primary blackberry-cherry and cocoa nib flavors are evolving into secondary status: dried fruits and currants, with those mushroom, leather and bacon notes that mark more mature bottles of the variety. The wine now has a softness that makes it round and supple. Lovely to drink now, and will last for another ten years, at least. Score: 91 points."
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"Mendocino’s oldest winery still in production, Parducci Wine Cellars, celebrated its 85th anniversary with the release of 85—a special cuvée created in honor of John “Mr. Mendocino” Parducci.
Parducci's special release "85" bottling / Photo courtesy of Parducci Wine Cellars. Parducci was a champion of the region, and the first to label bottles with “Mendocino County.” The winery was founded by his father and uncle in 1932. Parducci took over head winemaking duties in the 1940s, building the family winery into a well-known brand over several decades. He was also among the first to emphasize varietal wines. He passed away in 2014.
The bottling, created by head winemaker Bob Swain, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Parducci’s winemaker, blends “heartland varietals of Mendocino County”—namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc."
"85" - A Tradition You Can Trust Will Be Delicious
May 12, 2017 (Ukiah, CA) – Parducci® Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, is celebrating its 85th anniversary with the release of 85, a special Cuvée honoring John Parducci, “Mr. Mendocino”.
85 showcases the heartland varietals of Mendocino County – Cabernet Sauvignon (69%), Merlot (18%), Petite Verdot (8%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). 85, to be released on May 12, 2017, is priced at $45 per bottle with the 241 cases produced available directly from the winery (/wines).
Crafted by renowned head winemaker Bob Swain, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Parducci’s winemaker, 85 represents the best of the 2015 Vintage. “In anticipation of our 85th Anniversary we selected some of our most prized fruit and crafted an exceptional blend that would make John Parducci proud”, enthuses Swain.
In celebration of their 85th anniversary Parducci Wine Cellars is also featuring a True Grit Petite Sirah varietal retrospective of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages. These highly-regarded wines, stored perfectly in their cellars, will only be available for a short time via the tasting room and on the website.
“John Parducci was a huge lover of Petite Sirah and Bob has carried the torch and made some of the best not only in Mendocino County but in the state”, says Tim Thornhill, owner. “We’re honored to be able to open our cellars to our visitors, wine club members and Petite Sirah fans for this unique retrospective tasting opportunity of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages.”
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Mendocino Wine Company is owned and operated by the Thornhill family and based in Ukiah, California. The Thornhill family continues the tradition of making award-winning wines using sustainable wine growing and land use practices. MWC has created an example for how to leave the world a little better than we found it. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California three times (2007, 2009 & 2014) awarded Parducci® Wine Cellars with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor.
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The County Fair was held at the Mendocino College, where judges spent the day evaluating over 250 wines. Awards were announced by distinuguished emcee Senator Mike McGuire during an alfresco evening reception featuring catered appetizers and the opportunity to sample from over 200 competing wines.
Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah has heady aromas of ripe fruit, white pepper and vanilla, followed by an intense rush of fresh blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel flavors.
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The Huffington Post's Kelly Mitchell recently visited Mendocino Wine Company and toured Parducci Wine Cellars with co-owner Tim Thornhill to discuss innovative water recycling methods, wildlife habitat conservation, and the making of great wine.
The article features an in-depth profile of Thornhill that shows how the combination of his background in ranch work, success as a landscaper, and unique approach to problem-solving resulted in Parducci becoming "the very first carbon neutral winery in the United States to operate on 100% green power."
The winery's huge strides in water conservation are instructive in light of California's continuing drought. After purchasing Parducci in 2004, Thornhill reduced the winery's wastewater pollution by installing filters and "trickle towers," in addition to recycling both leftover machinery and sugar-eating, filamentous fungi (which keep the trickle towers clean). Also key was creating a habitat based on the Everglades, the world's largest natural water filter system, which turned Parducci's former wastewater pond into a certified wildlife habitat. Mendocino Wine Company has received the GEELA Award (California's highest environmental award) three times, and Thornhill is able to recycle 100% of his winery's water at any time.
Thornhill's success comes from a rugged individualism that doesn't believe in the word "can't" and still remembers the lesson of his parents to leave things better than how you found them. Parducci's True Grit line of craft wines (made from 100% Mendocino grapes) perfectly reflects Thornhill's iconoclastic philosophy in the same way the line's boot illustration celebrates the bold determination of the visionary winemakers who planted grapevines here in the 1800s.
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Wine Enthusiast just rated the first vintage of Parducci True Grit Reserve Red 89 Points.
True Grit RESERVE wines are the product of very selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking. Boldly expressive of varietal character, each vintage gives the full range of expression for a fearlessly distinct wine.
The top-rated Parducci True Grit Reserve Red has inviting aromas of plum, black cherry, and creamy coconut that lead to velvety smooth flavors of dark blueberry and cherry accented by leather and spice cake.
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The 2014 Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay was by Wine Enthusiast 90 Points and "Best Buy." This marks the fifth vintage out of the the past seven Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnays to garner the coveted "Best Buy" listing.
Honoring the rich heritage of the Chardonnay grape, we select individually-vinified small lots of this premium varietal to blend a wine of bold, lively character and balanced flavors.
100% grown in Mendocino County and fermented in a combination of 30% new French oak and 70% stainless steel, the 2014 Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay displays quintessential Mendocino flavors of Asian pear, wildflower honey and crisp apple with a creamy vanilla-caramel finish.
Golden and well-rounded, it pairs fantastically with creamy risotto, grilled salmon, or a light salad.
Wine Enthusiast gave 88 points to Parducci 2013 Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, and listed the wine as a Best Buy.
Honoring the rich heritage of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, Parducci selects individually-vinified small lots of premium varietal Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to blend a wine of deep, complex character and balanced flavors.
The 2013 Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon was grown in Mendocino County’s inland vineyards, a microclimate that imparts rich flavors of currant, plum, and vanilla. Enjoy this dry red wine with grilled red meat, pepper-crusted ahi tuna, roasted lamb with vegetables and full flavored cheeses.
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