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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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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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Ravinia Wine Shop, Organic Wine Extravaganza

Ravinia Wine Shop, Organic Wine Extravaganza

Ravinia. For almost anyone living in Chicagoland, that means summer concerts with a picnic in the park.  Here at Candid, it also means a funky little store with a penchant for Organic and Biodynamic wines:  Ravina Wine Shop in Highland park. You are likely to meet the owners Sharon and Tobias when you stop in […]

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Winemaker Jason Welch (left) with Charlie Barra of Girasole. Barra has grown grapes for 57 years. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle / SF

Girasole Vineyards: A “Benchmark”

While we here in Chicago are working to give away gift certificates for home delivery of groceries and Girasole wine from Artizone.com, writers for the San Francisco Chronicle have flocked to the Barra’s to find great value in California wine. For even more value from Girasole, head over to Green Grocer Chicago and Artizone Chicago […]

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Charlie Barra’s push to weed out GMO’s in Mendocino County

Over more than six decades of farming grapes in Mendocino County, Charlie Barra has developed some strong opinions about what it takes to grow healthy grapes without pesticides and chemicals.  He’s also become conviced that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) have no place in his vineyard because, as he clearly states “we don’t need ’em”. The […]

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