Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July 14th: Potter Valley Becomes Party Valley

Guinness McFadden's been growing wine grapes organically (and certified even) in lovely laidback Potter Valley for 40 years - and this year he and his compadres will be celebrating their annual Wine Club Barbeque for members and friends Saturday, July 14th at the McFadden Farm.

Check out this previous post with photos of the Farm and Potter Valley - a hidden gem. 

Potter Valley - headwaters of the Russian River
Potter Valley is just northeast of Ukiah and northwest of Clear Lake, nestled in a special valley. The rest of the year, the winery offers tasting at its tasting room in Hopland. The Farm is only open this one day of the year.

Entertainments: Farm tours, wine, and good eats
Eats: Magruder local roasted pork and lamb (both from Potter Valley), salad, vegetable dishes, and desserts
Chef: Guinness' daughter, Chef Fontaine 
Dancing: Under the stars

Hours: Starts at 5 pm and goes "until we drop" (11 pm-ish - which is pretty late in Potter Valley). 

Pricing and reservations: 707.744.8463 (open daily during normal business hours)

Walking Tour with Guinness
McFadden's Farm is truly a special spot, growing nearly a dozen varieties across the property. And Potter Valley is a dream place. If you want off the beaten path, and urban detox, come and see.

And did I mention the wines? My favorite is the Brut (made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown on the property). 

McFadden is well known for their Riesling, too, supplying grapes to Dashe Cellars and Chateau Montelena. McFadden's Zinfandel grapes also go into a Beaujolais style Zin from Dashe Cellars. It's a treat to taste what McFadden's own winemaker does with the same grapes - and what McFadden sells for substantially less money than the vintners it sells to. 

2011 Feast
Worth a taste! And a trip.

McFadden's has also made arrangements with local accommodations (including Vichy Spring) for discounted pricing for those attending the wine club dinner. So give tasting room manager John a call to find out more about these great deals.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! That looks like a lovely feast.