To Hopland!  I’ve never actually been to Hopland, and while I”ve had some of the wnies that are produced there, next weekend will be the first time I’e been able to spend time focusing on the area.  The 20th Annual Hopland Passport kicks off Saturday, and runs through Sunday, showcasing 16 wineries, as well as food pairings and live music.

Hopland has gone to great lenghts to make this festival enjyable, including a shuttle that will whisk you from winery to wienry in air conditioned (err heated?) comfort.  I’m going to be pretty spoiled since they will even pick me up at my hotel!  Shuttle tickets are $20, but tha’ts a small price to pay to be able to drink in relaxed ease all day.

Tickets for the Passport are $45 for both days, and can be purchased in advance online or at any of the wineries listed below.  They include all wine tastings and activities, as well as a keepsake logo glass.  The 16 participating wineries are:

  • Jeriko Estate – serving roasted pig and tri tip paired with Estate wines
  • Saracina Vineyards – Truffled Cannellini bean puree and grilled flank steak (YUM!
  • Weibel Family Winery – Shitake mushroom bruschetta
  • Cesar Toxqui Cellars – Garden fresh pumpkin soup paired with new release 2010 Chardonnay.
  • My hosts at McFadden Vineyard are serving organic steak, and new releases.
  • Parducci Wine Cellars will be serving fresh oysters at their new tasting room
  • Campovida is pouring sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines paired with Mexican street food
  • Milano Family Winery will be releasing their ’09 Sangiovese and ’06 Lolonis Zinfandel!  Now I know this zin, and it’s not like any zin you might be expecting.  A great wine!
  • Jaxon Keys Winery has live music by the Felt Tips and artisan pizza
  • McNab Ridge Winery is pouring pinotage
  • Nelson Family Vineyards is also serving pizza, this time int he redwood grove.  Ahh relaxing!


Wait, did I just see PORK AND PINOT?  I might never leave Jeriko!  But then again, there are oysters are Parducci!

Hopeland is approixmately 2 hours north of San Francisco, just past Ukiah, in Mendocino County.  THe cooler climate products some great wines!  Hope to see you there!


Hopland is the center of a thriving wine community and gateway to beautiful Mendocino County – America’s Greenest Wine Region. Explore the pages in our site for information on wine tasting, arts & culinary events, health & wellness and other fun activities offered in our area, then get on the road  and make the trip to visit us here in the beautiful upper Russian River Valley.


Thank you to McFadden Vineyard and the Hopland Passport for inviting mne to this wondeful event!


4 thoughts on “I'm Hopping along…”

  1. I would love everyone to think that McFadden Vineyard is the greatest folks in the whole world…but…all 16 Hopland wineries tasting rooms through Destination Hopland jointly with the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission are your hosts for the weekend.

    Hopland is just 101 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge on Hwy 101, 15 minutes north of Cloverdale and 15 minutes south of Ukiah.

    Get your tickets online through noon Thursday for just $45, or spend $55 at any winery during the event.

    If it seems like McFadden Vineyard did the work of inviting the wine media, it is because their tasting room manager has mad marketing and communication skills, and was tapped to use them to benefit all the wineries of Hopland.

    1. Well yes, and that tasting room manager is the BEST tasting room manager in the world! Right? 😉

      We really appreciate the effort made to get the word out on the area! Can't wait!

  2. I'll grant that we are talking about the tasting room manager who loves his job, loves coming to work each day, more than anyone else the wine industry.

    I am looking forward to seeing you again this weekend. I know you will have a great time.

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