Enjoying the Spring in Wine Country – Mendocino, California – Ancient Redwoods peacefully embrace you as you take in the verdant meadows. Lambs frolic as the flowers come alive in a blazing show. Springtime in Mendocino is the perfect time to get to know the northern California coast. Young shoots and veggies are plucked for incorporation into local dishes as wines that were bottled just a few years ago prime to make their debut.
Thanks to abundant winter snowfall in the region, creeks that normally peacefully make their way through the Yorkville Highlands are now bursting over their banks giving much needed attention to future vintages for Maple Creek Winery. The winery’s exquisite Artevinos are bestowed prizes year after year. For instance, both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were given Gold Medals at San Francisco’s International and the American Fine Wines Competitions. Additionally, their Chardonnay from 2016 won the coveted Whole Foods Mendocino representation at nearly 50 stores from north to south. It’s one thing to hear about fantastic vineyards and their award-winning wines, and quite another to sample them for yourself. Maple Creek Winery’s winemaker, Mr. Tom Rodrigues, invites you to stop in for a tasting. You’ll be greeted by the vineyard’s Australian shepherds, Buster & Posey, when you arrive to discover for yourself why Maple Creek’s wines are considered so perfect as you chat amicably with locals in a friendly setting.
Another vineyard in the Mendocino area prides itself on the Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’. The Japanese believe that spending time in the woods rebalances, cares for, and heals the body. Because the ancient Redwoods of Mendocino are considered the perfect forest, there’s no better places to practice forest bathing than at the Brewery Gulch Inn. Topping lists as one of California’s best inns, Brewery Gulch offers two packages that incorporate forest bathing. The inn itself was built in 2001 from fallen Redwoods near Big River and itself is a haven of relaxation.
Whether you’re here for the wine, the forest, or a bit of both, springtime is quite possibly the best time to visit the land of Mendocino.