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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.

“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.

“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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Still need plans for the weekend? All of Lake County will be partying down at the Shannon Mercantile for our GRAND OPENING this Friday, Decemeber 4th! We'll have live music, incredible local food, and a host of wines by the glass to kick your holidays off just right. 💃

Love your Saturday Farmer's Market fix? Come on down 1 hour early at 10am for some some prime shopping time! 🍳

Event details @ the link in our bio.

We've had SO much fun serving visitors at the Shannon Mercantile and can't wait for all of Lake County to get together December 4th, 11am - 7pm for a rowdy celebration of our grand opening! 🥂 Visit the link in our bio and check out our event details!

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On the lookout for some killer Black Friday deals on wine? Check out our Semi-Annual Case and get your shopping done early: $150 to ship a case of 12 wines to your door! We've just added the 2016 Writer's Block Zinfandel to the lineup. 🍷

Shop now at the link in our bio.

Our Shannon Ranch Grass-Fed, Vineyard raised lamb is now available Thursday- Monday at The Mercantile: pre-order at…info@shannonridge.com #grassfedlamb #healthyfood #organicfarming #organicgrapes ...

We're less than two weeks away from the GRAND OPENING celebration of our Shannon Mercantile! Don't miss out on some great local bites from @badassblts in the afternoon and dinner fresh off the grill from @roseycooks! Enjoy wine by the glass and live music all evening courtesy of the Lake County Diamonds. 🍷

View the Facebook Event for more details at the link in our bio.

We can post all day, but... some things you've just got to see for yourself. 👀 Book a visit to one of our amazing tasting experiences at the link in our bio! ...

Club Members! Don't forget your Pick-Up Party this Saturday between 11am and 4pm at the Vigilance Tasting Room – to join, email reservations@shannonridge.com. Rumor has it there's some homemade, bread-bowl clam chowder on the menu. 😋

If you’re not yet a club member, but would like to get in on the action next time, visit the link in our bio and find the perfect membership for you!

It's week one of our Semi-Annual Case Sale and we've already sold out of two wines! 🥂 Not to worry; we're replacing them right away with selections from our Writer's Block and Shannon Ranch collections! Ship any of these wines to your door for just $150/Case at the link in our bio.

2016 Steele Carneros Pinot Noir
2017 Steele Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Writer's Block Malbec
2019 Shannon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

The Mercantile Bar is open (soft opening) 🤩that is. #shannonfamilyofwines come see us this weekend ...

Step right up and stock up on show stoppers for the holidays! The highly anticipated Semi-Annual Case Sale is back with 10 wines to suit even the harshest critics (looking at you, Aunt Cindy). Shop now at the link in our bio.

Ship a case to your door for just $150! Simply add 12 of your favorite bottles to your cart and the shipping discount will be automatically applied.

Don't dilly dally – these wines sell out fast! Curtain call is November 30th.

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Construction on our brand new Shannon Mercantile is coming along nicely! We couldn't be more thrilled to invite all of you to our GRAND OPENING celebration on Saturday, December 4th from 11am - 7pm! This building will be the site for so many amazing events to come and we can't wait to see you there. 🍷🥂

Click "Interested" on our Facebook Event to receive reminders for the big day!

It's the weekend! Don't be chicken; come on out to the Vigilance Tasting Room and remember what it's like to socialize! 🦋 We have a lovely selection of wines to help you shake off that post-pandemic shyness.

Reserve your spot online! (Link in bio)

Fall vineyard post harvest cleanup with 300 ewes
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Our beautiful Shannon Ranches team surprised us by Dressing up as wine bottles for Halloween. Love this amazing crew and thank you for the creativity #shannonfamilyofwines ...

Longer nights means a little more time to get rowdy... who's excited for the holidays? 🥂

Never too early to knock out that shopping list. Shipping included on full case orders for your early birds (link in bio)

Happy Halloween!! We saved arguably the most terrifying spot on property for our final Spooky Sunday.

We're asking you nicely; if you still have a VCR, DON'T WATCH THE TAPE. We don't need that gal from The Ring running around the vineyards again (although tbh we could use the drip irrigation).
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The 2018 Shooting Star Pinot Noir sold out on day one, but we just discovered one last stash!

The Flash Sale ends tomorrow night – don't forget to take advantage and stock up for the holidays at just $150/Case, shipped to your door.

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Close your eyes. Make a wish. For six nights only, ship a case of select Shooting Star wines to your door for just $150! Simply add 12 of your favorite bottles to your cart and the shipping discount will be automatically applied for some astronomical value.

Don't blink – this sale burns out bright on Halloween night!
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