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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The 2015 Parducci Small Lot Blend Rose was awarded a gold medal at the 2016 Drink Pink Vino Competition.
This 100% Mendocino County Parducci Wine Cellars Rosé exhibits juicy tastes of watermelon and strawberries that lead to a creamy, vanilla-tinged finish.
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The June issue of Wine Spectator names the 2012 Small Lot Blend Zinfandel as one of their "Top Value Zinfandels."
Zinfandel is known as a bright, flexible red that pairs well with summer BBQ meats, autumn harvest offerings, and winter holiday meals, while also being a great Special Occasion choice for events such as Valentine's Day. Ours offers lovely flavors of fresh blackberry and sweet cherry fruit with complexities of coffee, cocoa, and black pepper.
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Parducci Wine Cellars will kick off its 6th ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, JULY 16th, for another summer of dancing in the vines! An exciting roster of bands is promised this season, featuring hot new acts as well as local favorites. Tickets are exclusively available online at www.parducci.com/Wines/Event-Tickets. For more information, call (707) 467-3480 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parducci Wine Cellars Patio and Wine Bar open at 5:30 before each concert. Opening music and food sales start at 6:00. The headliner act plays at 7:00. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Featured food vendors will be Slam Dunk Pizza or S’wine Country BBQ, depending on the concert date.
General Admission is $20 with special discounts available to Parducci Wine Club members. Learn more at www.parducci.com/Wine-Club. All shows feature general festival seating. Ticket sales close at noon day of event. Additional tickets may be available at the door. Performances take place weather permitting. Please print tickets or present on device at the door; no will calls.
"We are thrilled to bring some exciting new acts to our stage for the first time, as well as local fan favorites brought back by popular demand," said Rochelle Loren Enzler, Parducci Wine Cellars Director of Hospitality and Events, "All of these bands, both new and familiar, are going to rock our vineyard patio this summer!”
Parducci Wine Cellars is located at 501 Parducci Road in Ukiah. For more information or directions visit us online www.parducci.com.
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French Gypsy Swing
Saturday, September 10
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Rhythm, Rock & Blues
Saturday, September 24
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