Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tasting with Grower Norma Gibson At "A Taste of Mendocino"

Norma Gibson with the
Elizabeth Spencer 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
made from Nora's grapes
Elizabeth Spencer Wines, a Rutherford based winery housed in a historic brick building (that once was the local post office) participated in the Taste of Mendocino event at Fort Mason yesterday, showcasing three wines sourced from Mendocino vineyards. All three are made with organic grapes and vinified in an organic winery, enabling them to state "Made with Organic Grapes" on the label.

It was a rare pleasure indeed to taste the Sauvignon Blanc with the wine grape grower Norma Gibson herself pouring the wine. I look forward to the day when all vineyards get their names on the bottle - and when more tastings include the growers.

Nora's vineyards are just north of the Buddhist temple in Talmage, near Ukiah. She also raises other varietals which are sold to other wineries.

The Elizabeth Spencer Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon come from other Mendo vineyards.

Both Napa and Mendocino county each have 4,000+ acres of wine grapes that are certified organic.

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