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McFadden Farm in The Press


“Wide range of award-winning wines made by McFadden Family Farm including Mendocino County's top awarded Chardonnay (Double Gold) and the nation's best Late Harvest Riesling (Best Of Class) from the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. McFadden isn't just a winery or a vineyard, but a bio-diverse, certified organic, family farm, and will grill McFadden Farm grass fed beef to pair with amazing wines. Did somebody say "Tri-tip?" Also on the menu: McFadden Farm Wild Rice served in a wild rice and artichoke heart salad, and a green salad, all seasoned with McFadden Farm herbs and herb blends; again, all organically grown. Guinness McFadden will also be on hand, signing bottles of his wine on request. Personally I cannot wait to taste those winning wines nor can I wait to taste the grass-fed beef also raised by McFadden Farms.” –Xandria Pappas, Brix Chicks

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McFadden Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Made With Organically Grown Grapes Pinot Gris (Potter Valley); $16, 90 points. Distinctive citrus and wild sage aromas and a dazzlingly crisp balance characterize this wine. Clean, bracing fruit flavors linger on the lively finish. Grown in a small organic vineyard, this brings authenticity at a very reasonable price. Editors’ Choice.  —J.G.

 

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"A Mendocino County pioneer, McFadden Farm continues to impress with its cool-climate whites, sparkling and dessert wines, and is well-deserved in receiving both a Best of Class and Double Gold in the Chronicle's recent wine competition. Their wines just keep getting better and these recent awards nicely reflect that." - Virginie Boone, wine writer and reviewer of Mendocino County wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine



“This is the largest commercial wine competition in the United States, and for McFadden Vineyard to have two entries earn such high accolades is quite remarkable and speaks both to the quality of the grapes grown at McFadden Farm and the superb wines those grapes make.” – Bob Fraser, Executive Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, on McFadden winning both Best of Class and Double Gold awards.
 



“McFadden Farm Stand and Tasting Room is virtually a destination onto itself. With numerous red and white wines as well as late harvest and sparkling wines they offer a full portfolio. Their tasting room is surrounded in this 'row house' setting by 4 other tasting rooms…

Guinness McFadden, a native New Yorker and Notre Dame Grad moved to California in 1969 to attend Stanford Business School. Deciding he had a different destiny he followed a mentor's advice and purchased a farm in Potter Valley. First planting 23 acres and later adding 140 more. He and his 5 children continue to farm and ranch and are energy self sufficient. – John Compisi, Examiner.com

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“This past year McFadden's had two breakthrough wines - a 2011 botrytis beauty, Late Harvest Riesling, which took a Best of Class award in the dessert wine category in the SF Chronicle Wine Competition and their 2011 Chardonnay which won a Double Gold.
While other botrytis dessert wines in 375 ml bottles (Far Niente's Dolce, for example) go for $55 and up (I just tasted another winery's $80 one today), the McFadden retails for $24 for a 750 ml (full size) bottle (with a 25% discount for wine club members putting it at $18). And it's so lovely. Smaller bottles - 375 ml - will be available soon.” – Pam Strayer, Organic wine Uncorked

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“Farming this place also gives him a “thrill,” says McFadden. “I know it’s not really ‘mine’ but I take care of it while I’m here. I appreciate that I can dig in the ground anywhere on this property and pull up worms. That’s a good thing.” McFadden grew organically from the beginning. When he got married, his wife had two children and they had three more. “I didn’t want to raise my kids where a lot of chemicals were used,” he says. The Farm became California Certified Organic in 1990.” – Heidi Cusick Dickerson, Wine Notes, Ukiah Daily Journal.

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“…more than 200 revelers at McFadden Wine Club's magnificent 4th wine club dinner. The party was so everything Napa isn't any more. In Potter Valley, there IS sophistication and style - but without pretense. From the grilled Magruder pigs (the same pork Alice Waters cooks at Chez Panisse, but this time grilled by the farmer himself) to the glittering assortment of fashion from funk to glamour adorning both young and old, this party had it all.” – Pam Strayer, Organic Wine Uncorked

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“Hopland is a great place to stop off and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of John Cesano and his great tasting room crew of McFadden Farm and Wines. Try their herbs and herb blends and wild rice. Try exceptional award winning wines at very competitive prices and consider joining the McFadden wine club for even more savings on all McFadden products.” – Hairy Putter

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“John introduced me to Hopland’s crown jewels, the whites.  Pouring two Rieslings, the current release, which was fresh and full of stone fruit, it was the antithesis of the library selection 2006 Riesling which was all petrol and spice.  This is a classic Riesling, and an exceptional wine.  For a little fun, McFadden also produces a sparkling, which is a great way to have a picnic on the porch!” – Thea Dwelle, Luscious Lushes

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“After squeezing myself through the merry throngs of happy revelers into the very popular tasting room of McFadden Vineyards, I was instantly recognized and rewarded with a treat. They were serving wild rice and artichoke salad, beef steak marinated in local olive oil and McFadden blend herbs.” – Hairy Putter

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“Watching Guinness this weekend in his beautiful large ranch home, sitting on a hill surrounded by vineyards in the middle of his 500 acre farm, the house filled with friends, family, conversation, laughter, cooking, wine, love…watching Guinness at the Wine Club Dinner in the center of 175 friends, all sharing a night of happiness, food, drink, fellowship, dancing, the pride in and love for his daughter evident…I am watching a man of vision, a man who created an amazing reality from absolutely nothing, a happy man, a man who deserves his rewards.” – John Cesano, John on Wine

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“So what is Potter Valley's best grape variety?
"I think it's Riesling," says McFadden. "I just hope the sales increases we're seeing recently isn't just a fad." With 160 acres of organically grown grapes, McFadden has little problem finding buyers for his fruit. Napa Valley's Sterling Vineyards "loves our Sauvignon Blanc," he says. He has also seen success with his own McFadden Vineyard label, notably with Riesling and Pinot Gris - even a Zinfandel that got a gold medal at the Orange County Fair wine competition. "Pretty good for a cold-region Zin, huh?"” -Dan Berger, San Francisco Chronicle

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“The biggest attraction in this stoplight-free town is McFadden Vineyard, which opened in 1970, and has been growing organic grapes since then. The owner of the farm, Guinness McFadden, started making his own wine in 2003 and is now the only local winemaker with a license to offer tastings (by appointment only). His tasting room, for now at least, is the kitchen of a sprawling white farmhouse he built himself. My wife and I recently experienced one of McFadden's tastings. Standing over a chest-high counter, the hulking Irishman poured us samples of seven wines, including his peppery 2005 Pinot Noir, sweet 2006 Riesling and fruity 2006 Pinot Gris.
The wines were solid” – Matt Villano, SF Gate

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“While many businesses, including vineyards, farms and wineries are coming to appreciate the value of sustainability, Guinness McFadden has grown his grapes, herbs, and grass-fed beef organically from day one, over 40 years ago. At McFadden Vineyard, delicious, healthy, natural, organic, sustainable wines and foods are our focus.

Guinness McFadden has set up a healthy, sustainable relationship with the 500 acres of land he stewards. Not only does he raise his food organically, he practices energy, water, and material sustainability. McFadden Farm has an operating hydroelectric power plant and solar panels providing more energy than the farm needs – there’s enough to power the homes of over 100 additional families.” – John Cesano, Sustainability Series: McFadden Farm and Vineyard, Global Garden

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“When it comes to lively you can't beat McFadden Vineyards which extends to a tent out the back door on Passport weekend. Guinness McFadden will be cooking his own organic grass fed beef steaks on an electric griddle to serve with McFadden Farm Wild Rice and Artichoke Heart Salad, both featuring a selection of McFadden's herb blends. For Passport weekend, a special boxed gift set features the ingredients and recipes for the Passport dishes including McFadden Farm Wild Rice, a jar each of McFadden Farm's Grilling Herb Blend; Lemon Pepper and Garlic Powder, plus a 10 percent discount coupon for McFadden Farm organic beef all for $15. McFadden wines will offer special wine prices for the weekend as well as discounts on clothing, accessories, garlic braids, culinary herb wreaths and their wild rice and herb blends.
 
When asked if there would be music at McFadden, tasting room manager John Cesano responded, "the sound of hundreds of tasters enjoying organic grass fed beef, paired with the county's best wines made from organically grown grapes, topped off with toasts featuring our Sparkling Brut, is truly music to anyone's ears."

Next weekend Hopland Passport is the place I want to be. I couldn't say it better than McFadden Farm's tasting room manger John Cesano, "Come experience the joy, with all five senses engaged."” – Heidi Cusick Dickerson, Wine Notes, Ukiah Daily Journal

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“Sauvignon blanc has been grown in parts of Mendocino for a while, but now I’m really impressed and I think that as the region evolves, there is the potential to also see more pronounced differences in the terroirs from the various appellations. For wine drinkers everywhere, it is worth noting; sauvignon blanc in Mendocino County has a bright future.

McFadden Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Guinness McFadden has been organically farming in the Potter Valley since 1970, way before it was on anyone’s radar. After years of selling their grapes to other wineries, the family started making wine in 2003. Today, McFadden produces a number of superb white wines including this sauvignon blanc, a vivacious blend of melon, citrus and peach fruit. Suggested retail: $16” – Pam S. Busch, San Francisco Examiner

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"Nothing is ordinary when wine tasting at McFadden Farm Stand & Tasting Room in Hopland (Mendocino County). The space looks like a cute little clapboard house painted in lemon curd yellow, rust red and white trim, set in the Vintage Marketplace center on the town's main street. But step inside, and if tasting room manager John Cesano is in the house - which he almost always is on weekdays - look out. You're in for a party." - Carey Sweet, SFGate

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Once again, the little winery that could - McFadden Vineyards in Mendocino's Potter Valley - grabs a great big prize at yet another wine competition. This time it's the California State Fair's Commercial Wine Competition.

Proprietor Guinness McFadden will pick up a DOUBLE GOLD and a BEST OF SHOW for the winery's nonvintage Brut ($25) (a wine I've been enjoying and championing for several years and have blogged too often about, but what can you do when it wins yet another major award?)"- Pam Strayer, Organic Wines Uncorked

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