The wine and culinary stars of Mendocino will shine on Saturday, June 3, 2000 at The Mendocino Wine Affair, the inaugural charity event of the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance. Food, wine and brandy tasting, renown chefs, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and an elegant dinner are planned to take place throughout Fetzer's Valley Oaks Ranch in Hopland and proceeds will benefit the Mendocino County Search and Rescue.

"The Mendocino Wine Affair, formerly our auction and barbecue, will showcase the best of our region combined with the rural elegance and charm for which Mendocino is already famous," said John Enquist, Executive Director of Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance. "We are looking forward to having a lot of fun while raising money for our charity. The Mendocino County Search and Rescue is a volunteer group important to everyone in this area."

Auctioneer David Reynolds, who has been involved in the wine business for more than 20 years and now appears at many of the largest not-for-profit events across the United States, will bring his humor, wit and energy to The Mendocino Wine Affair and entertain while helping to sell more than 35 rare lots such as:

  • Anderson Valley Regional Barrel -- A 30-gallon barrel of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

  • Big Redwood Valley Zin -- 3 liter bottle collection of Redwood Valley Zinfandel.

  • Steele Etched and Hand-Painted Six Liter -- 1997 Steele DuPratt Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge.

  • McDowell Estate Syrah Then-and-Now -- Five-case vertical for every vintage since 1997 and into the future through vintage 2001 plus an invitation to McDowell Valley Vineyards' twenty-year Syrah
    Retrospective Tasting.

  • Mendocino County Fly-Over Tour Parducci-style -- with guest house accommodations and an exotic winemaker dinner with Parducci winemakers Bob Swain and Dennis Patton.

  • Blend your Own Barrel of Hidden Cellars -- Blend your own private barrel (20 cases) with Hidden Cellars' winemaker Dennis Patton, includes a private winemaker dinner for four and a guest house stay.

  • Blend your Own Jepson Brandy -- From brandy lots up to 17 years old, totals a case of brandy plus an autographed five-liter oak keg

  • Stay Organic with Bonterra -- A night at The Mendocino Hotel including dinner for two at the fourth annual Organic Winemaker Dinner featuring Bonterra Vineyards.

This year's event will also feature several renowned chefs. Bruce Aidells celebrity chef and culinary author will participate along with Mendocino County chefs Marc Dym of Stevenswood Lodge and Alan Kantor of MacCallum House Inn.

The Mendocino Wine Affair weekend will begin with a "Barrel Tasting and Salmon Dinner Kick-Off Party" on Friday June 2, 2000 at the historic Parducci Wine Cellars. Tickets for the Friday night event are $25.00 per person. The main event, The Mendocino Wine Affair... Real Farmers, Big City Flavors, is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2000 from 2:00pm to 11:00pm at the Fetzer Valley Oaks Ranch Visitor's Center in Hopland, California. Tickets for the Saturday main event are $65.00 per person. To purchase tickets and for more information, contact the Mendocino Winegrower's Alliance at 707-468-9886 or visit their Internet site at www.mendowine.com.