Archive | Barra of Mendocino

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2/14 Wine and Chocolate at Katherine Anne Confections

Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing Sunday, February 14 at 5:30pm, $65.00 Katherine Anne Confections 2745 W. Armitage Chocolate Truffle, Marshmallow and Caramels, paired with Candid Wines at Katherine Anne Confections Katherine and Damien will walk you through a decadent, eight course wine and chocolate pairing. Michelin-starred restaurant Table, Donkey, and Stick will be providing their exemplary […]

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Water from the Barra's reservoirs protect their grapevines during spring frosts.

California drought: A veteran winegrower weighs in – Video

Charlie Barra, a veteran of 68 grape harvests in Mendocino County says the 2013 / 2014 drought is the worst he has ever seen, including the the drought of 1978. When I sat down to ask Charlie questions on film for Ask a Winemaker about the drought, I was surprised to learn why he was […]

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Organic grape growers The Barras in Mendocino, CA

Video: Charlie Barra on buying a vineyard when Martha Barra wanted a new house.

Charlie and Martha Barra are pioneers in the history of Northern California wine having played a role in everything from innovations to frost management systems to practice of organic farming to ensuring that no GMO’s are allowed into Mendocino County. But at the end of the day they are also husband and wife and as […]

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Charlie Barra showing off his organic grape vines.

Video: The amazing Charlie Barra on buying a California vineyard in 1945

Charlie Barra is just amazing. He put together a deal to lease and then buy his first Mendocino County vineyard in Ukiah, California in 1945. He was a senior in high school at the time. Here is a video from Ask a Winemaker where he describes how he convinced the principal to let him farm […]

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Sam McDaniel at Bella Colina Fall 2012

Where does Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon come from?

[portfolio_slideshow id=12847] Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon is grown and bottled at Barra of Mendocino in Ukiah, California.  Ukiah is roughly two and a half hours north of San Francisco at the start of Redwood country in Northern California.  The winery lies in the heart of Redwood Valley and includes two hundred acres of vineyards that have […]

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The Barra Family

The People Behind Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon

[portfolio_slideshow id=12826] Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% estate grown fruit from Barra of Mendocino in Ukiah, California.  2011 is the first vintage and marks the debut of a collaboration between the Barra Family and the team at Standard Market in Westmont, Illinois, which wanted to find a domestic producer capable of making a […]

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Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented Rosé from Porter Creek

Porter Creek 2012 Rosé

2013 has been the year of Rosé here at Candid with Lambert’s “Mathilde” made from Cabernet Franc and Scherrer’s “Dry Rosé” made from Grenache and Syrah going out the door fast than ever.  To beef up our offering we added the Barra‘s Rosé of Pinot Noir for the first time and direct imported Dominique and […]

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Charlie Barra and the truck he bought in the 1960's

The Wine Spectator Chats with Charlie Barra

The Wine Spectator’s Associate Editor Tim Fish ( @timfishwine) sat down with Charlie Barra up in Mendocino County recently and seems to have come away as impressed with the man, his work, and his legacy as we’ve been here at Candid as we’ve come to know him. Tim writes “We get so caught up in […]

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Forbes’ Wine Of The Week: Barra Bella Dolce “Port”

Wine and Travel writer Katie Kelly Bell has selected the Barra Bella Dolce Petite Sirah “Port” style wine as Forbes’ Wine of the Week. This is fortified wine that the Barra’s make from the Bella Collina Vineyard that sits on a protected plateau above the morning fog that rolls into Mendocino County most days as […]

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Uncommon Ground leads the way (yet again)

Researchers at U of I Urbana found that Chicago is replete with gardens that are off the radar, but not out of sight – if you are able to look down from a bird’s eye view that is.  This comes as no surprise for those of us who have seen the public embrace Uncommon Ground […]

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