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A Tale of Two Families: Shannon Ridge Buys Giannecchini Vineyard

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines is pleased to announce the purchase of the long-revered Giannecchini Vineyard for the continued stewardship and enjoyment of its outstanding red wine grape varietals.

Vineyard Appellation and Attributes: Talmage Bench AVA

“I am very interested in the Talmage Bench Area in Mendocino county.” remarked Clay Shannon, President and CEO. “The soil and climate for growing ultra-premium wine grapes is incredible.” Known for its gravelly, loam soils and long history of agriculture, the coveted 27-acre vineyard boasts Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Sangiovese perched off the valley floor.

Map of Giannecchini Vineyards

“High soil calcium and lower magnesium levels with balanced potassium will produce silky, velvety, dark, mineral-driven fruit with balanced tannins,” Clay explained. He has high hopes the vineyard will yield some of his personal favorites. “The soils complement many of the better Vineyard sites in the world where I have grown to love the wines.”

History: Four Generations of Cultivation

Purchased from 4th generation owner, Steve Giannecchini, this ranch has been in Steve’s family since the 1900’s. Unwilling to receive such a legacy lightly, Clay and Angie Shannon took time to learn more about Giannecchini’s family history.

Steve’s maternal great grandfather, Simone Guidi, immigrated from Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, and planted the vineyard sometime between 1910-1920. Living to be 100 years old, Mr. Guidi resided in the old house on the west side of the property which had also served as a winery and a general store over the years.

Much of the vineyard was planted in the 1950’s. Sections of the vineyard have been replanted over the years and continue to be flourishing old vines today. Approximately 15 acres of original head pruned Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grafted on St. George rootstock have been dry farmed for more than 75 years. Shannon Ridge plans to maintain these techniques.

Sustainability and Giannecchini’s Future

Clay’s aptitude for sustainable farming practices made Giannecchini Vineyard a natural choice. Fans of Shannon Ridge’s conscientious approach to farming will find practices consistent with the stellar reputation and farming techniques Giannecchini has already enjoyed over the years.

Grapes on the vine

“Knowing the rich Italian history of the farming area and the fact there is dry farmed Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Sangiovese on the site, we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the Giannecchini Vineyard,” Clay beamed. “We are organically farming this ranch in an effort to be certified organic within the next 3 years.”

“We will grow incredible wine from this site and plan on putting it in its own brand very soon.”

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During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.
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During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.

Purchase tickets at the link in our bio!
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Our beautiful outdoor seating areas are just begging for a Mother's Day picnic lunch with live music and specials on wine by the glass!

Today's the last day to reserve your spot by emailing mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile. (See our previous post for full details).
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This Mother’s Day from 11am — 2pm, treat the amazing women in your life to an afternoon of great memories, wine and food at either the Shannon Mercantile or the Vigilance Tasting Room!

In honor of Mom, select glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are only $5! She'll love sipping in the sun or inside our elegantly adorned springtime environment with her choice between two adorable boxed picnic lunches catered by @roseycooks:

–Classic Quiche Lorraine - Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Swiss Cheese

–Spring Vegetable Quiche - Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach, Cheese Blend

(Both come with a fresh fruit cup and a lemon bar!)

Finally, we're bringing it all together as local musicians set the tone for a perfect day.

Reservations are required by May 4th as we have limited seating available.

Secure your spot at the location of your choice today for just $25! Email mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile.

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View the full video on Lake County Winegrape Commission's YouTube channel.
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Sunday Funday is back on at the Vigilance Tasting Room! This is the good time of year, when you can enjoy specials on wines by the glass for just $5 each for wine club members and $7 for non-members.

No reservations required! Drop in solo or bring your friends, your family, and your competitive spirit anytime between 11am and 5pm.

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Don't forget to join us for Sip & Paint, April 24th, 12pm – 3pm.

We have extremely limited spots available for this event; for reservations, reach out to mmartin@shannonridge.com.

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