When you pay a visit to the world-renowned wineries of the Hopland region, located in and around Hopland off Hwy 101, you will be treated to fantastic wines and delightful scenery. This region embodies everything that is the Mendocino wine experience. The Hopland wineries are famous for their award-winning Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux varietals, and offer elegant tasting rooms … [Read more...]
Located on Hwy 101 on the west bank of the Russian River 13 miles southeast of Ukiah, Hopland is home to 18 wineries and eight tasting rooms in downtown Hopland alone, with more along Old River Rd. and Hwy 101. You can also sample organic olive oils and wildflower honey. Local wines can be paired with delicious food made from the freshest, local ingredients.
In 1997, Brutocao Cellars purchased the old Hopland High School from the Fetzer family and built a 7.5-acre complex dedicated to wine and food. The Schoolhouse Plaza is an unmistakable and historic (circa 1920) landmark as you pass through Hopland on Hwy 101. The complex has a tasting room, gift shop and bocce ball court on its premises. Historical photos on display in the … [Read more...]
There are three attributes of extra virgin olive oil that are considered “positive”: fruitiness, pungency and bitterness. The last two are acquired tastes, and most people in this country prefer olive oils that are less pungent and bitter. Good producers will try to achieve a palatable balance. In addition to the olive varieties chosen at time of planting, Mother Nature’s … [Read more...]