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Update on the Willow Creek AVA

The Willow Creek AVA is going to be interesting to watch on a number of levels.  Passionate people, are of course, a great place to start, I do personally wonder how David Winnette and his contemporaries are going to be able to differentiate themselves from some of the work being done in Mendocino and the well marketed Coro Mendocino program going on there.  I wish them all the best of luck and I am looking forward to trying some of the wines and getting our site updated to more accurately reflect what’s going on in the Willow Creek AVA.



Hi there, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. So an interesting thing came up over the weekend. I got an email through our website, through just our random “Contact Us” form at the bottom, from a guy named David Winnett who makes wine up in the Willow Creek A.V.A. area of Mendocino County, kind of the absolute northern reaches of California, and he said that, quite simply, we had some wrong information on our website. A lot of people don’t use it, but we do have an education section that talks a little bit about different A.V.A.s within California and really across the world. It’s not something that’s used very heavily or frankly updated very often.

On the Willow Creek section we have listed that there was no commercial wineries. As it turns out in the few years since we wrote that, there are three commercial wineries currently active, farming estate fruit and making wine, and there’s a couple of other wineries in the region that buy and source fruit from outside and bring it up. So I’m guessing that over the next couple of years you are going to see kind of a greater number of wineries in the region making wine from their own estate fruit.

It’s the Willow Creek A.V.A. It’s one of the smallest in California at about 6,000 acres. Frankly, I’ve never had a wine from there. It’s something that we’re going to work with David over the coming weeks to make happen and we’re going to see if there’s anything that might fit our club. You know, we’ve had good success with Oregon wines and from a climate perspective, these wineries that are “behind the redwood curtain” in California could work very well as well. In any case, if you have a minute, check it out, both Willow Creek A.V.A. and Winnett Vineyards. Thanks again.

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