( Just 125 of 5,500 wines entered were awarded Best of Class )
It's Official: Mendocino's Best Crab Cakes and Wine
By: Jenna Scatena
January 29, 2013
Didn't make it to Mendocino’s famous crab and wine festival last weekend? Not to worry. Here’s how to taste the best in show during a weekend getaway, without the expensive ticket.
Last weekend, while serving as a judge at the Mendocino Crab, Wine, & Beer Festival, I learned just how seriously Mendocino takes crab season. I spent Friday with five other judges from around the country testing local crab cakes and wines for the festival's crab cake cook-off and wine competition. It was a tough and rigorous process, but this is the sort of thing us editors at San Francisco magazine sacrifice our weekends for. We pecked and dissected our way through nearly a dozen rich, fried cakes and swirled, sipped, and spit through 49 white varietals and blends until we distilled our answers down to one winner for each category (and a couple runner-ups). The following day 500 people attended the sold-out festival, where the public cast their own vote for the best crab cakes and wines. Jealous? Not to worry: We did the hard part so you know exactly where to go on your next trip up the coast. Here are the winners and where to find them:
Crab cake from North Coast Brewing Company The judges' pick: a crab cake from Little River Inn
About 17 miles after pulling onto the east side of Highway 128 at the gateway to Anderson Valley, blink and you’ll miss the turnoff for the unassuming entrance to Yorkville Cellars, the judge’s choice for their sauvignon blanc and brut Malbec rose'. Visit their country tasting room, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. About five miles up the road the people’s choice first place winner (and judge’s third place winner), Maple Creek, pours "Artevino," a blush wine, in their farmhouse tasting room.
14th Annual Crab & Wine Days – Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition event, Fort Bragg, Jan 26, 2013
There were 60 Mendocino County wines entered and the Professional Judge's Awarded:
1st place: Yorkville Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
2nd place: Yorkville Cellars 2011 Sparkling Malbec Brut Rose’
TOP 15 CLASSIC SPARKLING WINES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
2011 Yorkville Cellars Rennie Vineyard Sparkling Malbec California 13% $30
Faint rose color. Sweet and sour on the nose with powdery candied cherry and raspberry aromas that are subtle yet brightly framed with hints of lemon and herbs. Very fruity on entry, with a nice balanced sweet/tart edge to the lemon, raspberry and blueberry flavors. The finish shows a hint of breadiness with lots of tart berry and citrus fruit. This is fine sparkling wine with training wheels, nice sophisticated texture with rich fruit flavors that anyone would love. This would be a party favorite. 90pts
Read more: http://www.snooth.com/articles/top-15-classic-champagnes-for-the-holidays/?viewall=1#ixzz2GmIAZigJ
The Tasting Panel Magazine
Wines of the Week: Yorkville Cellars - Mendocino County
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Yorkville Cellars: Where Fine Organic Wines Are A Family Affair
OrganicAuthority.com Written by Jessica Reeder
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Wine Enthusiast - December 2011 Edition:
April 3, 2011
Boonville: Take a low-tech excursion to this quiet town
Yorkville Cellars makes an easy stop. Set back from the road and surrounded by organic vineyards that rise up and out of the fog at 1,100 feet, this picturesque property is, according to owner Edward Wallo, "the only known winery to grow and bottle as a separate varietal all eight of the main Bordeaux grapes." Do try a chocolate ball injected with the winery's 2008 Merlot, and keep your eyes open for sheep munching weeds between the vines (in spring, watch for darling baby lambs, too).
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December 27, 2010
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August 12, 2010
Even though Edward and Debbie Wallo had traveled and lived in the San Francisco [Read More...]
June 26, 2010
Yorkville Cellars: Wine with Perspective
..."Maybe the Wallos are simply forward thinkers. The choices they made in the 80’s of which grapes to plant and the types of wine they wanted to produce are certainly examples of being ahead of the times. Let’s just hope that the rest of the world of wine can catch up with their perspective. It’s a brighter future if they do." [more.....]
February 12, 2010
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Organic vineyards and a focus on the grape varietals of the famed French winemaking region of Bordeaux are at the center of Yorkville Cellars. [click here to read the whole story...]
Yorkville Cellars featured in eclat Magazine in Japan
éclat Magazine (www.s-woman.net/eclat/), is a monthly Japanese lifestyle magazine for women in their late 40s and 50s who enjoy a high-quality lifestyle (circ. 100,000). They will be featured Yorkville Cellars in their story about Mendocino County and Anderson Valley in their September issue.
June 12, 2009
Yorkville Cellars — Yorkville Cellars lies in the tiny Yorkville Highlands found between Cloverdale and Booneville. It offers free tastings and picnic tables under big shady oak trees. But it’s Yorkville’s stellar Rosé de Franc ($18) that’s calling you, made from the organic Rennie vineyard planted in 1990 to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, carmenere, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 25701 Highway 128, Yorkville, 894-9177. (click here to read the whole story)
December 11, 2008
Yorkville Cellars featured in National Geographic's "The Green Room"
"Different Shades of Green in Wine Country "
November 14, 2008
Yorkville Cellars label in S.F. Chronicle Wine section feature story
"Green Signals" For story [click here]
November, 2008, Somerville, MA
Downtown Liquors features Yorkville Cellars
Special thanks to Holly of Wine-Cask Imports for oganizing a big Yorkville display.
May 5, 2008, Santa Rosa, California
The Consumer's Green Wine Shopping List
The International Green Wine Competition announces Yorkville Cellars wins 7 medals.
[click here for Winners List]
"Edward and Deborah Wallo, owners of Yorkville Cellars, the premier organic vineyard in Mendocino County, have consistently surprised doubters with their delicious organic wines." by Libby Boren McMillan, Times of the Islands (Florida) Dec.'07
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"Interview with Edward Wallo" in OrganicGuide.com by Gavin Robertson
Yorkville Cellars wines - Now in Seoul !
Seoul, South Korea proudly hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and then co-hosted
the 2002 World Cup soccer tournament. Both contributed to much increased level of
foreign tourism. So when in Seoul, watch for Yorkville Cellars in numerous Kim's Club
Marts around the city.
11,000 - The number of pesticides registered for use iin California.
0, ZERO, NADA - The amount of pesticide residue in Yorkvile Cellars wines.
We're proudly celebrating 20 years of farming certified organic vineyards (1986-2006).
Other News Articles:
"Yorkville Highlands: "A Young Muhammad Ail" - Interview with Edward Wallo" by Thom Elkjer published on Appellation America.com, September 2006.
"The clear and articulate voice of the Yorkville Highlands" by Thom Elkjer published on Appellation America.com, April 2006.
"Organic' bubbles up in wine But the label has yet to stick with vintners" by Jerry Shriver published in USA Today, Oct. 21, 2005.
"Yorkville Highlands: birth of an AVA" by Larry Walker published in Wines & Vines Magazine, Oct. 2005.
"Yorkville: A world away" by Virginie Boone published in Savor Wine Country Magazine, March 2005.
"Robyn's Picks, Jun/Jul 2004 -- Yorkville Highlands" published by Robyn Tinsley on WineSkinny.com, June 2004
Best Wine With Crab!
Ft. Bragg, CA Jan. 31, 2004
Mendocino 5th Annual Crab & Wine Days
Out of a field of 39 Mendocino wines the panel of professional wine judges unanimously voted the 2002 Semillon from Yorkville Cellars the best wine to accompany fresh crab.
Deborah Wallo receives trophy from John Enquist,
Executive Director of The Mendocino WineGrowers Alliance.
Edward Wallo with EcoWine Fest medals.
Yorkville Cellars Tops All Wineries!
Results of the EcoWine Fest held in Santa Monica June 9, 2003
Wineries from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the Republic of Georgia and the United States. Yorkville Cellars - Each of our 9 wines wins a medal so we top the list of 49 awarded wineries using organic grapes!
Famous actress Jeri Ryan [Borg, Seven of Nine, on Star Trek: Voyager (1997–2001), Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke on Boston Public (2001–04), Shark (2006–08), and Body of Proof since 2009] - loved our Eleanor of Aquitaine. This is a Wine Enthusiast interview from 2002.