114 runners, joggers, skippers, and walkers participated in the first annual "Crush Rush 5K Benefit Run" hosted by Parducci Wine Cellars and co-sponsored by the North Coast Striders. The event raised over $1700 for Ukiah Unified School District School Gardens and Nutrition Programs.
"Jess Arnsteen or 'Farmer Jess' was instrumental in putting together the run with help from the Parducci staff and Tim Thornhill. Mark Beaman, Associate Winemaker from Parducci and also with North Coast Striders, helped with the timer at the finish line and with awards," said Terry D'Selkie, Mendocino County's Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE) Program Coordinator, in a letter to the Ukiah Daily Journal.
"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.
The run took place two days before the harvest of Parducci Wine Cellars' estate Petite Sirah. In a thank you letter to participants, Arnsteen, manager of Parducci Wine Cellars' Edibile Ecosystems garden project said, "You brought great joy to the vineyard as you zoomed, strolled, or sometimes tasted your way through the last remaining Petite Sirah grapes."
GENE, the garden-based nutrition education program, serves 32 schools from preschool to 12th grade in Mendocino County. The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities' Community Action Agency is proud to work with these school gardens, and together they reach more than 8,000 students and 1,000 families through gardening and nutrition events each year. To learn more or get involved, visit gardensproject.org.
"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."
We harvested the last of the 2014 vintage from the Parducci Estate last week, and it’s in the spirit of the season that we chose the two robust reds featured in our second Parducci Cellar Reserve Club shipment.
The 2012 Parducci Reserve Cabernet Franc is a 100% estate wine, sourced from Parducci's Upper Home Ranch.Bright with warm spice, mineral and red fruit flavors, this classically understated red is framed by soft tannins and balanced acids. Aged in 100% neutral barrels for 16 months, this is perfect choice for the menus of holiday entertaining. Only 13 barrels were produced.
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We turned to the 2006 Parducci Coro Mendocino to match the complex and introspective moods of our cooling autumn nights. This aromatic, vanilla-wrapped and velvety wine tasting of blackberry, fennel sprig, and bright juniper was created under the aegis of Coro Mendocino, America's first juried regional wine project. Inspired by the Latin word for ‘chorus,’ Coro wines are a blend of 100% heritage Mendocino varietals with Zinfandel as the majority of the blend, and Parducci is proud to have been a part of the winery consortium since the very first vintage in 2000.
In addition to 20-30% OFF all of our premium wine selections, Parducci Cellar Reserve Club membership comes with many VIP benefits including exclusive access to the Parducci wine libraryincluding Cellar Reserve Club favorites like the 1985 Parducci Petite Sirah, produced by the late,great John Parducci himself.
To order this or any other Parducci Library wine, we invite you to set up a member account. For personalized assistance, we are also here and happy to help you M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PST at 800.362.9463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer of Mendocino Wine Company, producers of Parducci Wine Cellars and Paul Dolan Vineyards, is Mendocino County’s expert in water reclamation and conservation. He was recently featured in an episode of Food Forward, a PBS show highlighting forward-thinking farmers, chefs, fishermen, teachers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.
The episode, titled "Quest for Water," takes a close look at water issues in the country, how it affects our food supply, and what some, like the Thornhill family, are doing to help conserve this valuable resource. You can see Tim’s segment at around eighteen minutes into the episode.
Sacramento Bee columnist Mike Dunne recently met with Mendocino Wine Company’s Tim Thornhill to discuss the company’s water conservation and reclamation efforts at Parducci Wine Cellars.
With California experiencing the worst drought in history, the subject is both timely and significant. And, as Parducci Wine Cellars has come to find, implementing water conservation programs produces even better wines.
Beverage Dynamics recently lauded two Cabernets from Parducci Wine Cellars, awarding 95 points to True Grit 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 93 points to Small Lot Blend 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Notes on True Grit 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: "This is Parducci’s reserve level Cabernet Sauvignon; 18 months in French and American oak add a vanilla softness to the mix; small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Syrah add richness; beautiful cherry and cassis aromas finish out the wine."
Notes on Parducci Small Lot Blend 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon: "Parducci’s entry level Cabernet, which over-delivers; all oak aged, with Merlot and Petite Verdot added to the blend; fruit forward, with complex aromas of smoke, pepper and spice; great with BBQ."
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