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Sorry, but the 32nd Annual GrapeFest® - A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West has come and gone! But be sure to save the date for the 33rd Annual GrapeFest® set for September 12, 13, 14 & 15 of 2019!

Thanks to all our guest wineries who appeared at the 32nd Annual GrapeFest®!

Sip some of the best wines from North Coast California in the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort.  

Tickets:   $12 per person until September 13 at 10 a.m.
                $14 per person after September 13 at 10 a.m.
                Ticket does not include festival admission

Tasting hours are as follows:
Thursday, September 13:  10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, September 14:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 15:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16:  Noon to 6 p.m.

North Coast California Wine Experience

 

ABOUT NORTH COAST CALIFORNIA

North Coast California Wine Map

Mendocino County’s authentic “green” credentials are unsurpassed by any other wine region in the world. The majority of the region's 570 vineyards remain in the hands of family farmers, many of whom have lived for two or more generations on their land—some tracing their roots to the first settlers in the 1850s. Mendocino County is home to 570 vineyards with a typical (median) size of just 14 acres. Composed of several distinct winegrowing regions, red grapes represent a majority of the Mendocino grape acreage. Pinot Noir (2672 acres), Cabernet (2613), Zinfandel (1945), Merlot (1546) and Syrah (697) are the most commonly planted red varietals.

White grape plantings total 6348 acres. Chardonnay is the most common (4840 acres) followed by Sauvignon Blanc (722 acres).

Credit: Menocino County Wine & Whitegrapes

 

PARTICIPATING WINERIES

Check back regularly for additional announcements of participating wineries from North Coast California!

Bliss Family Vineyards LogoBliss Family Vineyards

blissvineyard.com

2016 Rosé
Notes of flower blossoms followed by strawberry and bright watermelon flavors combined with hints of floral honey spice

Brutocao LogoBrutocao Family Vineyards

brutocaocellars.com

2015 Torrent
This red has a silky mouth feel and features aromas of milk and dark chocolate and dark cherries, plums and blackberries

2014 Primitivo
Rich raspberry and blackberry fruit balances well with hints of clove, thyme and white pepper before finishing with blackberry, milk chocolate, and espresso beans

Greenwood Ridge Vineyards LogoGreenwood Ridge Vineyards

greenwoodeidge.com

2016 Zinfandel Reserve
Juicy fresh-picked blackberry aromas fuse with an enticing vanillin essence and spicy pepper notes to create a seductive entry into this delicious Zin. The creamy texture caresses the palate with deep rich flavors of vine-ripened black raspberry with traces of huckleberry and dark cherry. Restrained black pepper, mocha and baking spices add depth and interest, while supple tannins and integrated oak gently frame the wine.

Enjoy this luscious beauty with medium-rare New York steak with a side of creamy peppercorn sauce, or seared duck breast with a Zinfandel and berry sauce.

Handley Cellars LogoHandley Cellars

handleycellars.com

2016 Chardonnay
Apple blossoms, poached pear, toasted coconut and hints of spicy oak blend together in a creamy mouthfeel

2017 Pinot Gris
Apricot and lime zest balance with nectarine and bees wax to create a bright and lively white with a crisp mineral finish

2015 Pinot Noir
A full-bodied red with fresh acidity, smooth tannins and notes of blueberry, raspberry, cedar, cinnamon and root beer

Parducci LogoParducci

parducci.com

2015 Small Lot Pinot Noir
A textured, medium-bodied red with lush strawberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of cedar on the finish

2015 True Grit Petite Sirah
Aromas of ripe fruit, white pepper and vanilla, followed by bold blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel notes

Paul Dolan Vineyards LogoPaul Dolan Vineyards

pauldolanwine.com

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich and layered, this red is full of black cherry, liquor de cassis and carob flavors

Pennyroyal FarmPennyroyal Farm

pennyroyalfarm.com

Pinot Noir 2014
The fruit for this Pinot Noir is from our 23-acre Estate Vineyard on Pennyroyal Farm. Our vineyard is divided into eight blocks, and this Pinot Noir comes from blocks 2 & 7 and is clone 667.  It is fermented in 2/3 in macro bins and 1/3 in open top. It is aged in 1/3 new French barrels for 10 months.

Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017
The fruit for this Rosé of Pinot Noir is from our 23-acre Estate Vineyard on Pennyroyal Farm. Our vineyard is divided into eight blocks, and this Rosé is 100 % from Block 2. Our Rosé is flash fermented in stainless steel, spends less than forty minutes on the skins and is aged sur lie for four months.

The 2017 has pale, salmon hues with aromas of fresh picked roses and watermelon. Flavors hint at crisp strawberry, orange blossoms and lingering honeysuckle. Bright acidity balances a touch of weight on the palate and ends with a refreshing finish.

Seebass Family Wines LogoSeebass Family Wines

seebassvineyards.com

2014 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
Poached apples and pears, almonds and cream delight the palate

2014 Grand Reserve Syrah
Rich, dense and concentrated, this red is well-balanced with flavors of blackberry and cocoa nib

2013 Romantik, Rhône Blend
Ripe fruit of strawberries, blueberries and black plums

Testa Vineyards LogoTesta Vineyards

testaranch.com

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Full-bodied, dark berry and hint of vanilla

2015 Black
Brambly black and red fruit medley

2014 Carignane
Blackberry, oaken vanilla, and sweet tart candy cherry finish
 

CORO

Barra of Mendocino – barraofmendocino.com
Flavors of black cherry, licorice and cloves make up this full-bodied ensemble.

Brutocao Family Vineyards
2014 Coro
Aromas of cinnamon, clove and dark berries, followed by flavors of pomegranate, dark chocolate and espresso beans

Parducci

2015 Parducci Coro Mendocino

Testa Vineyards Multi-noted blend with raspberry, cherry, oak and dusty cocoa.

Tasting Notes
**Wines subject to change.  Some wines subject to availability due to limited quantities.