July Newsletter

Wine & Music: 
Nelson Family Vineyards

“the key to making world class wines is to start with world class grapes”. -Greg Nelson

For over 50 years the Nelson family has been farming vineyards and attracting people every year to the beautiful region of Hopland. It is truly a family affair as each generation has put in their time and energy, infusing this ranch with their own flair.  Nelson Family Vineyards has been home to patriarch Greg Nelson since he was 5 years old, and together with his sons Tyler and Chris have molded it to what it is today. Chris is the winemaker, and Tyler is the farmer and coordinator for special projects such as getting part of the ranch organically certified, and Fish Friendly Farming practices. Missy Nelson, Matriarch of the Nelson clan is a gardening instructor for St. Mary’s School, and annually plants one acre of corn and pumpkin patch for the children of Ukiah to visit during the autumn season.

Known for growing excellent grapes since the 1970’s, Greg, Tyler and Chris were inspired by the idea of what their grapes and a little imagination could do for them. It all started with a Pinot Grigio and since then expanded to, Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Muscat. 

A specialty of theirs is their Barn Blend, which is made by a competition of aspiring winemakers coming together and creating a blend. The winning team gets bragging rights as their blend is created for the next release of Nelson Family Vineyards Barn Blend. 

Not only are you in for a great glass of wine, but Nelson Family Vineyards is an excellent escape on those warm summer nights with their Summer Concert Series. It is held in the majestic redwood grove overlooking the cabernet vineyard. Monthly events provide outdoor music entertainment featuring bands playing blues, country, rock and roll and jazz. This year they have Ukiah’s own Funky Dozen, the Rolling Stones Unauthorized, Petty Theft, and Kingsborough. Bring the family, blankets and chairs and enjoy a fantastic night with music and stars. 

Whether you are visiting for the day, enjoying some wine, or taking in some summer tunes, Nelson Family Vineyards is a place you don’t want to miss. 


Visit Nelson Family Vineyards tasting room, at 550 Nelson Ranch Rd, off Highway 101, down the road behind the strawberries. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Going for Gold

Milano Winery Gold Medal at 2015 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition for our 2009 Bartolomei Carignane.  The beauty of the OCWS competition is that all of the judges are winemakers or winery principals – not wine writers, sommeliers, wine shop buyers – it is your peers!
McFadden Farm The 2015 New York International Wine Competition named McFadden Farm the “North Coast Winery of the Year,” and the NV McFadden Sparkling Cuvee Brut continues an unprecedented run of gold medals with a new Gold Medal at the 2015 International Craft Wine Awards and both another Gold Medal and Best of Class honor at the 2015 Orange County Wine Competition.

Terra Savia‘s first non-sparkling Rosé and a double gold winner at the San Francisco International Wine Competition! This delightful Rosé of Merlot is refreshingly easy on the palate is ridiculous. It sports a perfect balance of mouth-watering acidity, rounded, ripe red fruit, and a tad bit of river rock mineral as is common with this type of wine. Pair with a backyard pool, a day in the park, or light dishes such as hard cheeses, caesar salad, or halibut, not that it really needs to be paired with anything…

July Events

Rivino Winery

Happy Hour with Sid and Steve

July 10, 2015 • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Get ready for another fun filled night with Sid & Steve! 

We are also planning on staying open later through the summer months … so that people can enjoy the sunshine and a glass of wine after work! So New Summer Hours will be 10 am till 6 pm … until further notice. Rivino Winery 4001 Cox Schrader Rd, Ukiah, California 95482


Second Saturday

Special Discounts and Unique Pairings!

July 11, 2015 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Don’t forget to mark your calendars July 11th for Hopland’s incredible second Saturday. Several Hopland area wineries will be offering delicious appetizers & wine specials! Come join us and don’t miss out on these great values while you taste, socialize, shop.

Milano Family Winery will be participating with appetizers and wine specials.

Picnic on the Patio at SIP offering guests delicious food & wine pairings, music and lots of fun.Stop by SIP and enjoy a glass of their featured wine (a new & exciting arrival to the shop) and picnic on our gorgeous patio.

Cesar Toxqui Cellars we will be participating by serving some refreshing appetizers such as fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar which will pair well with their amazing white wines.

McFadden Farm Each July, Second Saturday in Hopland coincides with our annual BBQ Dance Party at the Farm, so we close a little early, so our entire staff can come to what Ukiah Daily Journal wine columnist John Cesano describes as the “best wine party anywhere.”

Come between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, and in addition to tasting the top awarded sparkling wine in the nation, you’ll get a special food treat created by California Culinary academy graduated chef Fontaine McFadden and her team of San Francisco chef friends. McFadden Farm fresh, the dish will be just one of many that the McFadden Farm party attendees will enjoy at dinner.

When visiting the Hopland tasting room, if there is any room left, you can buy a ticket to that night’s party at McFadden Farm, and head on up for wine and appetizers at check in, tour the farm with Guinness McFadden, enjoy a sit down BBQ dinner with pork and lamb, be among the first to taste a handful of new wines, live music, dancing, more wine, and overnight camping (bring your tent). $70 for wine club, $85 for the public.

Open To The Public annual Party at McFadden Farm 

July 11, 2015 • 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM 

Biggest Party of the Year!

Last year we had about 225 folks join us for an incredible night of food, fun, dancing, wine, fellowship, and almost 100 stayed overnight – camping on the the bank of the Russian River at our farm – so bring a tent!

Farm and Vineyard tours, BBQ dinner of pork and lamb, lots of delicious farm to table vegetable dishes and salads, desserts, and of course McFadden Wines. Dancing into the night with the Kelly MacFarling band, under the stars. The setting is beside the Russian River surrounded by all that we organically grow.

Officially scheduled from 5-11pm, last year’s event saw revelers dancing past 2am!

Tickets are $85 each, McFadden wine club members may purchase two per membership at $70 each, and children 12 and under are $20 each.

We do things “Mendo Simple” and just put you on the list for check in at the Farm, so don’t look for a ticket in the mail. No tickets means no lost tickets, just fun!

McFadden Farm is located at 16000 Powerhouse Road, Potter Valley, CA 95469. Order online, or call the McFadden Farm Stand & Tasting Room to sign up 707-744-8463.


Experience The Brocca

Come to the barrel room and get your jug on!

                                              July 11, 2015 • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jaxon Keys will be offering “Brocca Di Vino”, a big rustic half gallon of red wine. Taking you back to the age of prohibitions and speakeasies, when drinking was taboo but always fun, your jug will be filled while you wait, right from the barrel. What better way to celebrate the weekend. Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery 10400 South Hwy 101 Hopland, CA 95449.




Brutocao Family Vineyards

Annual Wine Club BBQ

July 18, 2015 • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Be our guest while we celebrate another great year! Enjoy a night of Big Bottles, bocce and BBQ along with special wine discounts. On-site camping available. Members free, guests $20. Fifth annual warehouse sale for members 12:00 to 4:00 at the winery (before the Barbecue) RSVP and info (800) 433-3689 Schoolhouse Plaza, Hopland 13500 S. Highway 101, 95449 Hopland CA


Sip! Mendocino

Thirsty Thursdays

July 23, 2015 • 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

A sip of summer in a glass! Join us for a special tasting of Mendocino’s finest roses. While a symbol of summer sipping, the diversity of styles makes rosé a great partner for the table.

About Rose & Food
These wines are versatile because they fall in between the extremes of red and white — less intense than a big, tannic, mouth-busting red, but with more depth than a super-light white. That happy-medium flavor profile means you can almost always find one that plays nice with what you’re eating — fish, veggies, chicken, grilled steak, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, you name it. It’s the perfect barbecue wine, the perfect beach wine, and the perfect picnic wine, but it’s also the perfect sitting-around-with-friends wine. 

Call 744-8375 or order your tickets online at www.sipmendocino.com/wineshop/   
SIP! Mendocino 13420 S. Hwy 101, Hopland, CA 95449



Nelson Family Vineyards

Summer Concert Series

July 24, 2015 • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Look no further for some Summer tunes, head over to Nelson Family Vineyards and check out their Summer concert series with the ROLLING STONES UNAUTHORIZED Sponsored by Thompson’s Party Rentals.

When: July 24th
Time: Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 6:00 pm
Where: Nelson Family Vineyards 550 Nelson Ranch Road Ukiah, CA click here for map

Advance tickets $13 per person

Day of event $20 per person

Dinner available for purchase Pagan Fire Pizza 

Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones:

The World’s Greatest Tribute to The World’s Greatest Rock N Roll Band!

For over a decade, Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones has been recognized as the premier Rolling Stones tribute band in the world. In 2014, founder and frontman Rudy Colombini expanded the band by adding all-star members from some of the world’s biggest acts, plus keyboards, sax, and a dynamite team of backup singers. The result was a quantum leap that has left other Stones tributes in the dust.

Insiders and die hard fans alike call Rudy & The Unauthorized, “better than the real thing.” David Patrick, Spectator Magazine photographer for The Rolling Stone’s First Twenty Years said it best: “They sounded more like the Rolling Stones than the Rolling Stones do. In fact, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones sang many of Stones’ songs better than the Stones!”


New this year!
Get your Season Ticket for Nelson Family Vineyards Summer Concert Series at an unbelievable price of $42! 

Rockin’ LINEUP!

June 26th Funky Dozen
July 24th Rolling Stones Unauthorized 
August 28th Petty Theft 
September 25th Kingsborough who just opened for ZZ TOP!
Tickets available in the tasting room open daily 10~5 or for your convenience, or order online at www.brownpapertickets.com


Wine Education Series: Pairing Wine & BBQ

July 28, 2015  06:00 AM – 08:00 PM 


The smells of charcoal, smoke and meat cooking over an open flame are some of the most iconic scents of summer. But what to serve with your fresh caught salmon or favorite burger? Should you pull out the cold whites or beefy reds with fare straight off the grill? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this class by educator Colleen Stewart who will guide you through the fascinating relationship between wine and food.
A light dinner will be provided. This class is sure to sell out, so pick up your tickets today

Call 744-8375 or order your tickets online at  www.sipmendocino.com/wine_shop/ $35/person

SIP! Mendocino 13420 S. Hwy 101, Hopland, CA 95449


Karl-Dieter’s Famous Gazpacho

5 lbs. Tomatoes, red ripe, seeds removed
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 each English cucumber, seeded and chopped
12 ripe black olives
½ cup Seebass Vineyards Chardonnay
Salt, pepper, sugar, and parsley

In a food processor, pulse tomatoes, onions, garlic, paprika, and wine. Add salt and pepper, and sugar to taste. Blend in olive oil. Keep refrigerated, best for 12-18 hours, and serve cold.

Before serving, mix in the chopped cucumber and olives. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Thank you Seebass Vineyards for this wonderful Summer recipe, for more check out their website

Destination Hopland