I love advocating for one of the members of PS I Love You. They’ve all done so much to advance the cause for Petite Sirah’s place in history, and they deserve all the publicity I can afford to give them. That’s one of the greatest gifts of this blog…the ability to give back to a family that’s been built over the years.

Parducci Wine Cellars is Mendocino’s oldest winery, making and selling wine since 1932. True to Parducci’s “deep roots and legendary wines” slogan, the Thornhill family continues the brand tradition of making quality wines using sustainable wine growing and land use practices. The winery operates with high standards and broad eco-practices:

  • carbon neutrality
  • use of 100 percent green power
  • certified sustainable growing practices
  • support of local family growers and the Mendocino community
  • water reduction program
  • reuse and recycling programs
  • earth-friendly packaging

Here’s the skinny on the event…

On Saturday, April 20th, Parducci Wine Cellars will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration at their organic gardens, wetlands and tasting room. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Parducci organic gardens (off Hwy 101 at the Lake Mendocino exit). Manager of Edible Ecosystems Jess Arnsteen will be conducting free tours and giving gardening tips at Parducci’s organic bio-dynamic garden. This will be the first time garden tours have been open to the general public. There will also be sheep, lamb, and a piglet petting, farm setting for the kids. The whole family is invited to experience the gardens, meet the animals, then continue the adventure and join Parducci folks for a complimentary wine and cheese tasting at the tasting room, accompanied by fresh garden herbs and vegetables.

Parducci will also be raffling off Earth Day-friendly goodies, including the following:

  • Deluxe overnight stay in the Scale House (John Parducci’s old home)
  • Private garden consultations with garden guru Jess
  • 70th Anniversary 1.5 liter etched bottles of Parducci Petite Sirah
  • Exclusive covered wagon tour and tasting for eight at Parducci’s famed wetlands project and Upper Home Ranch
  • Bags of ranch-blended organic compost.

In honor of Earth Day, all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Ukiah Farmers’ Market discount program for low-income families. For more information please call: (707) 467-3480 or visit Parducci.com.



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