MENDOCINO Co., 12/10/22– Brrrrr, it’s cold out there!! I don’t learn about you, but, the holidays combined with this wintry weather condition makes me wan na overindulge in convenience food, cozy cocktails and whatever whipped cream-topped peppermint-bark seasoned coffee is being served at my favorite cafe. Whether you’re enjoying any of those extravagances, or simply relaxing with a cup of hot tea, here’s the most recent food and drink news from Mendocino County! ☕ The
numbers are in: the California and regional red wine market is an economic force
Last week, the Red wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers released a brand-new report about the economic effect of the California wine market in the United States. The data is shocking: the California white wine market uses 1.1 million people across the country. In California alone, practically half a million people operate in the wine market. Over the past six years, the California wine market has actually seen 27% growth statewide and 49% nationally. California wine produces $170.5 billion in economic activity each year, including whatever from wine sales to white wine tastings. Of that $170.5 billion created nationwide, $73 billion remains in the state alone. To no surprise, California is the nation’s number one white wine manufacturer.
The report is broken down by congressional and legislative districts, suggesting we aren’t able to extrapolate data for Mendocino County particularly. Nevertheless, for California’s 2nd State Assembly district, which makes up all of Mendocino, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity counties and a part of Sonoma County, the numbers break down as follows:
- $4.4 billion in yearly economic activity
- 19,512 tasks
- 1,016 vineyard and winery operations
- 4.4 million tourist check outs to wineries
- $100.9 million in yearly tourist costs
According to Bernadette Byrne, executive director of Mendocino WineGrowers, a not-for-profit that offers resources to wineries and vintners and promotes Mendocino red wine, the typical crop worth of Mendocino County grapes is $107 million. However, according to Byrne, “the financial effect of the winegrape industry in Mendocino County goes far beyond the raw crop value.”
“The red wine industry is a substantial factor to our tourist, which contributes well over $300 million in travel-related spending in Mendocino County yearly,” states Byrne, who believes the economic impact of Mendocino County white wine must not be ignored. “With well over one hundred wineries, and ten AVAs [particular regional appellations], Mendocino County draws tourists from all over the world. Mendocino County wine grapes are a highly valued product, and the grapes are sold to premium wineries in California, enhancing the acknowledgment as a first-rate wine nation destination.”
A class about Mendocino wine provided at Cal Poly Humboldt
Mentioning regional wine, the upcoming spring term at Cal Poly Humboldt will provide a Zoom-based class about the “micro manufacturers of terroir-driven red wines in a laid-back, road-less-traveled land,” a.k.a. Mendocino County white wine. Pat Long, a wine teacher and former red wine market expert, will assist students through a night of all things Mendocino County white wine. The class belongs to Cal Poly Humboldt’s Sip in Place Online White Wine & & Beer Classes series in which students can enjoy learning about California’s many liquid offerings from the comfort of their own homes. “Northern California White Wines: A Sense of Place: Mendocino County” occurs on Thursday, March 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Enrollment is $35. Learn more here.
IYCMI: Harbor House Inn maintains two Michelin Stars
The Elk dining establishment and resort has actually been a food lover location ever since Executive Chef Matthew Kammerer took the reigns. Get all the information on the establishment’s latest acknowledgment here.
No more for Clo: Clover discontinues ice cream
The Petaluma Argus-Courier is reporting that Clover Sonoma, formally known as Clover Stornetta Farms, is no longer making its ice cream. According to the short article, the ice cream was stopped months back and regional grocers have actually not been able to stock frozen products. Headquarter in Petaluma, Clover Sonoma has dairy farms in Mendocino County.
Non-perishable and junk food donations required in Covelo and Willits
Tri Counties Bank is looking for canned food and non-perishable food donations for the bank’s annual food drive. The food drive benefits the Salvation Army throughout Northern California. Last year, the bank collected 80,000 pounds of food across the area and intends to fulfill that objective again. Folks can drop off contributions at Tri Counties Bank places in Covelo (76405 Covelo Rd.) and Willits (255 S. Main St.). Contributions are accepted now through December 23.
Dine out for dogs and cats in Fort Bragg, December 13
Mayan Blend in Fort Bragg will host the Mendocino Coast Humane Society for the not-for-profit’s month-to-month “Eat in restaurants for Canines and Felines.” Enjoy Mayan Combination’s varied menu featuring new twists on conventional Yucatan food and Mediterranean-inspired dishes for pescatarians, vegetarians and carnivores alike. A part of every costs will be donated to the Mendocino Coast Humane Society. Bookings recommended for lunch (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and supper (5-8:30 p.m.). (707) 961-0211, 418 N. Main St., Fort Bragg. mayanfusion.com
Little– but similarly crucial– news bites
The following dining establishments are closed for holiday breaks: Egghead’s in Fort Bragg is closed through December 15. The Bluebird Cafe in Hopland is closed through December 14.
Dahvi’s Kitchen area in Willits is now open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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