We all know the significance of certain dates. July 4th. December 25th. June 28th.
Wait. June 28th?
Oh yeah. Big day, historically speaking. The day TV Evangelist Robert Schuller attacked a flight attendant (1997). And when Houston Astro’s Craig Biggio got his 3000th hit (2007). It was also the day the first woman was admitted to the Air Force Academy (1976). Like I said – a big day.
And it’s about to get bigger. On June 28th of his year, at Mendocino’s charming Little River Inn, the 11th vintage of “Coro Mendocino” enjoys its coming out party. Sort of makes all that other stuff pale by comparison.
Never heard of Little River Inn? It’s a place worthy of a weekend. Super Wife and I have celebrated a number of anniversaries here, and we can’t recommend it highly enough – Chef Marc Dym earned five stars before settling at this resort hotel on the Mendocino coast, and his food alone is worthy of a full blog post. But I digress – let’s get back to the wine.
Consider yourself fortunate if you’re familiar with the wine, as not many are. It’s a cool concept – Old-World meets New-World wine making and marketing. This year, the Coro label has been granted to eight wines produced by eight different Vintners. It is also the Spanish/Italian word for Chorus, a community of synchronized voices that is similar to the concept behind Coro Mendocino – winemakers coming together to set standards for a class of wines to represent their wine region.
Though typical in Europe, in the U.S. such regional restrictions are unique to Coro Mendocino. Winemakers producing a wine under the “Coro” label must comply with the following requirements, which you’ll likely find evocative of similar requirements in Old World regions such as Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne or Burgundy:
Coro Mendocino Requirements:
- All grapes must be from Mendocino County
- Zinfandel, the county’s heritage variety, must make up at least 40% and no more than 70% of the blend.
- Nine other types of grapes may be used (a range of Rhone and Italian Varieties)
- All wines must age for a minimum of one year in barrel and one year in bottle
- All Coro wines must be in the approved bottle, with only the Winegrower’s information to define its birthplace
- No wine can be released to the public before all the winemakers in the consortium have deemed each entry as worthy during a blind-tasting.
- More fine print essentially insists that the group’s production protocols and bylaws be followed
So June 28th marks the first public tasting of these eight different “Coro” wines. The entry price tag is steep, but before you move on to the next thing in your inbox, note that the $500 fee includes dinner for two AND a bottle of each of the eight Coro wines.
2011 Coro Mendocino Release Party
WHERE: Little River Inn — Little River, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 — 6 p.m.
WHAT: Multi-course, progressive dinner for two prepared by Chef Dym using local and seasonal ingredients
PRICE: $500 per couple – Ticket info here
WINE: Coro Mendocino 2011 vintage collection (and other wines) by
- Barra of Mendocino
- Brutocao Cellars
- Clos du Bois
- Golden Vineyards
- McFadden Vineyard
- Parducci Wine Cellars
- Fetzer Vineyards and
- Testa Vineyards
Dave ‘the Wine Merchant’