Questions or comments on our new mobile-responsive site? Tell us here.
Log In / Join Now

Wine Spectator School


Class 7: New World Model: California


mendocino
The region directly north of Sonoma County is Mendocino. It is part of the North Coast American Viticultural Area consisting of Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties.

 

 
History

Mendocino County's tradition of grape growing goes back to the 1850s and the first Spanish land grants in the county. In the 1870s, Italian immigrants began planting vineyards and making wine, mostly for home consumption. Amazingly, some of these vineyards still exist.

Before Prohibition, nearly 20 wineries were in operation, with much of their wine consumed locally or purchased by retailers from nearby San Francisco. Some grapegrowers survived Prohibition by shipping wine grapes across the United States for home winemakers.

The 1970s saw a rapid increase in the number...

Ready to enroll?

First, you must register for a membership to WineSpectator.com. Your membership benefits include:
  • FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School
  • Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes
  • FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are
  • E-newsletters with advance ratings
  • Editors’ blogs
  • Food and wine matching tool
  • And much more
START NOW!
Log In If You're Already a WineSpectator.com Member


If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.

Email Newsletters

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences

Classifieds

The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 300,000+ ratings.