Organic Connections spotlights the organic and biodynamic practices of Parducci Wine Cellars with a detailed profile of the winery's debris removal, water cleansing and reoxegenation, and natural integration.
The article illustrates the engineering principles behind the winery's water recycling and constructed wetland, as well as the holistic philosophy behind its operation.
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Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages features an in-depth profile of Parducci Wine Cellars and Tim Thornhill, along with stellar tasting notes on several Parducci wines.
Cannavan details Parducci's 80-year history as Mendocino's oldest winery, and Tim Thornhill's efforts at maximizing sustainability, many of whose ideas spring from his landscape and horticultural background: "'Water is re-oxygenated by waterfalls that mimic what goes on in the rocky mountains,' he enthuses, 'and we've constructed a wetland that emulates the everglades.'"
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Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences gives "Bargain of the Week" status to the 2009 Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine's flavor profile is described as: "Dried herbs, tea, and an earthy note that will be part of the wine's complexity in a year or two. A low-oak, crisp red that works nicely with meat dishes. Made in the old Parducci style!"
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Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences gave high praise to three Parducci wines this week, calling the 2012 Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Gris "Exceptional" while describing both the 2010 Parducci Reserve Pinot Noir and 2010 Small Lot Blend Merlot as "Very Highly Recommended."
Berger describes the water conservation improvements that the winery's chief operating officer Tim Thornhill has implemented, also noting that "the wines now coming out of Parducci are better than ever, most following the style set down decades ago by John Parducci, now 95 and the patron saint of the project."
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The Tasting Panel magazine profiles PWC owner and "Habitat Hero" Tim Thornhill, getting the scoop on how the Houston native came to Mendocino and “turned one of America’s oldest wineries into one of America’s greenest.”
The Tasting Panel also mentions how Thornhill's "water reclamation project has conserved water and saved money: Five million gallons are recycled annually. His waterfalls are both esthetically pleasing while also serving to oxygenate reclaimed winery waste water. His man-made wetland is an ecosystem that mimics the Everglades, using plants as a “green filter,” constructively cleaning water for use in the vineyards as well as for Parducci’s certified wildlife habitat."
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A recent SFGate article discusses methods of dealing with winery wastewater, and spotlights Parducci's water recycling wetlands as an example of an environmentally-freindly and economical solution.
SF Gate reports: '"We recycle 100 percent of the water that comes through the winery," says Tim Thornhill, a partner in Parducci winery in Mendocino, who built a wetland for treating his water. "And we do it with 20 percent of the energy you would normally use."'
"Parducci's pond water has a BOD of zero and dissolved oxygen of 5 to 8 parts per million; the minimum requirement for dissolved oxygen in irrigation water is 1 part per million."
'"It's like I'm making water," he says, "which is better than making money because I can't always buy water even if I have the money."'
"He starts his system by being smarter in the winery. Winery workers use brooms and shovels to pick up the bulk of the debris. It saves water and keeps winemaking solids out of the waste. Thornhill also takes the first runoff from barrel-cleaning, a purple concentrate rich with sugars, and puts it on his compost pile."
'"It increases the speed on the compost," he says, "and keeps it out of the wastewater."'
'"I took inspiration from one of the greatest filters in the world," he says, "the Everglades. It's like a labyrinth; water comes in on one end and leaves out the other, and along the way it goes through channels with grasses and organisms that do the actual filtering."'
"The new wetlands, which occupies about one-quarter of an acre, has transformed what used to be a typically ugly pond into a community park and wildlife magnet."
'"It's the No. 1 attraction on the tour," Thornhill says."
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In a recent article on California winery wastewater, Derrick Schneider of SFGate.com interviews Parducci's Tim Thornhill to learn how the winery recycles 100 percent of the water that comes through it. "It's like I'm making water," he says, "which is better than making money because I can't always buy water even if I have the money."
Thornhill says he "took inspiration from one of the greatest filters in the world...the Everglades. It's like a labyrinth; water comes in on one end and leaves out the other, and along the way it goes through channels with grasses and organisms that do the actual filtering."
Schneider notes that the new wetlands have "transformed what used to be a typically ugly pond into a community park and wildlife magnet," and quotes Thornhill as saying, "It's the No. 1 attraction on the tour."
Wine Spectator details how Parducci partner Tim Thornhill flew down to L.A. to personally pour the winery's True Grit Petite Sirah (its Hollywood debut!) at the cast screening of the Coen brothers' new film, "True Grit."
Wine Spectator writes: "Petite Sirah is considered one of Mendocino County’s heritage grape varieties. 'We’ve got some vineyards in the county that have survived both Prohibition and phylloxera, and we’ve got some of our fruit coming from third-generation Petite Sirah growers,' Thornhill said."
"The True Grit label bears a line drawing of a pair of boots with spurs and the words 'indomitable of spirit, enduring and steadfast, rugged and appealing.' Sounds like the Duke to us."
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Wine Review Online writer Marguerite Thomas selects Mendocino Wine Company--"one of California’s most innovative, dedicated and eco-friendly wine producers"--as her winery of the year.
Wine Review Online's article continues: "The number of ways the Mendocino Wine Company has gone green include sourcing grapes from family farms, emphasizing renewable energy by the use of biodiesel vegetable oil-based fuel in their tractors and cars, and using solar power to supply 25% of their energy needs."
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