Wines of the Week: Yorkville Cellars - Mendocino County
- 2012 Sauvignon Blanc 90pts.
- 2010 Cabernet Franc 88 pts.
- 2012 Rosé de Franc 88 pts.
- 2012 Sweet Malbec 90 pts.
- 2011 Hi-Rollr Red 88 pts.
- 2011 Late Harvest S.B./Semillon 91 pts.
It's Official: Mendocino's Best Crab Cakes and Wine
By: Jenna Scaten 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...
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’
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