The Madrones & The Madrones Vintners
This is the first year the Mendocino Film Festival will screen a film in the Anderson Valley. The film is Jason Wise’s SOMM, a documentary following four friends' quest to pass one of the most difficult and secretive tests on the planet: The Master Sommelier exam. Stepping in to sponsor the film and both screenings (Saturday June 1 at 8 p.m. in the Festival Tent in Mendocino and Sunday June 2 at Balo Vineyard 3 p.m.) is The Madrones (www.themadrones.com
) and its vintners, Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery and Signal Ridge.
Three of the SOMMS from the film will be in attendance at both screenings of the film and both special events.
Located in the Anderson Valley, The Madrones is the vision of designer and lifestyle entrepreneur Jim Roberts. The Mediterranean compound serves as a community outpost for local artisans; home to four vintners (Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery, and Signal Ridge), a rural lifestyle shop, a wood fired Pizzeria (Stone & Embers) opening in July 2013, several estate guest quarters, a culinary kitchen garden for local produce, serene courtyards and carefully manicured English gardens. The Madrones and its artisan partners have created the Anderson Valley definition of an Italian “Agriturismo,” a destination that offers a slice of localized country living with a focus on the region’s wine, food, arts and beauty. Located just outside of Philo, guests are welcome to visit the property and the four tasting rooms Thursday through Sunday from 10 – 5 p.m. Visit
The Madrones website (www.themadrones.com
) for a list of seasonal events and classes held at the property or to make reservations for one of the Estate Guest Quarters 707-895-2955
In celebration of the Mendocino Film Festival’s first foray into Anderson Valley, the wineries at Indian Creek, Knez, Drew, Bink, Signal Ridge, Balo and Goldeneye will have open houses on the day of the screening Sunday June 2 with tastings of their new releases and food pairings. Tasting passes as well as entrance to the after screening reception party can be purchased online. The Madrones and friends are calling this celebration Cinema in the Vineyards...films that evoke the senses with hopes that this is the first of many years in association with the Mendocino Film Festival.