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Marin County

Winegrowers Association

Upcoming Events

Taste and enjoy over 30 hand-crafted wines from 16 of Marin’s top artisan winemakers. Varietals represented will include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sparkling wine (methode Champenoise) and more – all from vineyards in the Marin County AVA (American Viticultural Area)!  Complimentary etched tasting glass included for each ticket holder.  Proceeds will benefit Throckmorton Theatre’s Educational Programs.

 

Presenting wineries include:  Kendrick –  Pey Marin – Bailiwick – Dutton-Goldfield –  Brooks Note  Pacheco – Pt. Reyes – Deloach – Burning Bench – McEvoy – Thackrey – Couloir – Ernest Bloom – Skywalker – Easkoot – Terrien

 

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Complimentary Artisan Cheeses, Charcuterie, Breads, Olives and Olive Oils from top Marin growers and makers.

All-Marin County Wine Celebration 2016

All-Marin Wine County Celebration 2016

Sunday, June 26 | 2:30-5:30 pm

Cheeses

  • Cow Girl Creamery
  • Pt Reyes Farmstead Cheese
  • Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

 

Charcuterie

  • Devil’s Gulch Ranch

 

Breads

  • Brick Maiden Bakery
  • Bovine Bakery

 

Olives and Olive Oils

  • McEvoy Ranch

 

PLUS!

Silent auction featuring select Marin-grown & made wines!

 

PLUS!

On-stage presentations and Q&As hosted by top Marin winemakers and special guests.

History

 

Grape vines were likely planted in Marin County when the San Rafael Mission was built in 1817. It seems that these vines were torn out and at least some moved to General Mariano Vallejo’s rancho in Sonoma Valley in the 1830s. Ignacio Pacheco, one of California’s early pioneers, settled in what is now eastern Marin County in 1840, when he is believed to have planted one of the first vineyards in that area. In the late 1880s, Hermann Zopf from Germany planted vines and built Zopf Gardens, a winery, saloon, and restaurant in San Rafael. In the 1890s, Frenchman Jean Escalle planted 23 acres of winegrapes on his property in Larkspur and built a winery there, which still stands today, although it is no longer a working winery. As with other parts of Northern California, landowners planted their own vineyards and made wine until Prohibition wiped out Marin’s small wine industry. The more recent viticultural history of Marin includes Pacheco Ranch’s 70 acre ranch with 7 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1970, and Mark Pasternak’s pioneering west Marin Devil’s Gulch Vineyard, planted in 1980.  The Quail Hill Vineyard was planted 1969 in Terra Linda. The Doughty family planted their first Point Reyes Vineyard in 1989. Steve and Sharon Doughty Opened the First Winery and Tasting Room in Marin County since prohibition (1930s) in 1996. Pacheco Ranch Winery was the first bonded winery in Marin (BW 4886) since Prohibition, with a tasting room started in September 1979.

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Marin Wines in the News

2015 Pinot Noir Report

Pierre DuMont, The Wine Corner

 

I will cut right to the chase as I have a lot of wines to cover. I went to the Pinot Days tasting in San Francisco last month (a must for Pinot lovers) where over 100 of the best Pinot Noir producers were showing their wares –

often multiple vintages and vineyard bottlings – hundreds and hundreds of wines. The following wines were

 

THE BEST. The cream of the crop. The ones that deserved to be searched out. These are the best North American Pinot Noirs available in the marketplace today.

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Marin County Pinot Noir

Gerald D. Boyd, Wine Reviewer Online

 

Wine fans can count the number of prime sites in California known for distinctive Pinot Noir with the fingers of a single hand:  Russian River Valley, Carneros, Santa Barbara County, and Monterey County.   However, Marin County--an unlikely place known more as an expensive bedroom community to San Francisco than a wine region--is quietly rising to provide a fistful of five top Pinot Noir zones in the state.

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Marin County Wine Celebration - 2014 10th Annual Tasting

Ken Zinns, Grape Nutz

 

Report on the 10th annual wine tasting presented by the Marin County Winegrowers Association, on Sunday, June 1st, 2014, at La Loggia Vinoteca + Café in San Anselmo, California. The event focuses on wines from the Marin County AVA.

 

The Marin County Winegrowers Association promotes wines from the county, and supports cooperation among growers and wineries. It helps to raise awareness of Marin's wine history as well as of its current wineries and wines.

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Marin County AVA: tiny but growing source for delicate, minerally Pinot Noir

Richard Jennings, RJon Wine

 

I’ve enjoyed wines from Marin County, mainly Pinot Noir, that I’ve tried over the years. I’ve wanted to attend this event for the past few years, and was finally able to make it to the 7th Annual Marin County Wine Celebration this year. This tasting of 33 wines from 14 producers confirmed the hypothesis I’d developed from sampling a number of Marin AVA wines in the past: this appellation is a darn good source for delicate, lighter bodied, minerally Pinot Noirs.

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