If you’ve read our latest post about new winery partner, BARRA of Mendocino, you’ve probably already fallen in love with Charlie Barra’s wine story and the winery’s commitment to sustainable practices and organic farming. And if you’re anything like us, just imagining their beautiful Mendocino scenery has you thirsty for a little wine country adventure. Get exploring; each sip of these organically farmed wines will transport you to the ruggedly beautiful Mendocino wine country.

There’s a wine for every palate (though we understand if they all sound delicious). Discover your new favorite, and pair with some of the tasty dishes below, recommended by our Master Sommelier.

barra petite sirah vineyard.jpgBarra of Mendocino Petite Sirah vineyard. 

Rich and Smooth: BARRA of Mendocino Chardonnay

Barra of Mendocino brings their fresh style of winemaking to the classic style of Chardonnay. Fermented in French oak barrels to lend warm spice notes, and aged on the lees to add a rich mouthfeel, this wine will delight your taste buds with tropical fruit flavors and lush textures.

Tastes like: Apricot, Mango, Vanilla, Clove

Pair with: Grilled Scallops, Curry Chicken Salad, Seafood Risotto, Seared Pork Cutlets with Grilled Apple

Lush and Fruity: BARRA of Mendocino Pinot Noir

This classic wine, which originated in Burgundy, has been interpreted beautifully by Barra of Mendocino. Their Pinot Noir is lush and flavorful with rich fruits and spices creating a smooth finish. Always grown organically at Barra of Mendocino, this Pinot is extremely fresh and bright.

Tastes like: Cranberry, Pomegranate, Strawberries, Raspberry

Pair with: Braised Chicken, Roast Turkey, Brie Cheese, White Bean and Bacon Soup

Bright and Earthy: BARRA of Mendocino Sangiovese

The violet color of Barra of Mendocino's Sangiovese gives the drinker a sneak peak into the fresh and flavorful wine to come. The fruits of the wine bounce on the palate and create a bright rendition of the beautiful Sangiovese varietal.

Tastes like: Tart Cherry, Tomato, Plum, Licorice

Pair with: Pasta with Duck Ragout, Venison Sausage, Pecorino Romano, Fresh Pasta with Herbs and Olive Oil

Bold and Spicy: BARRA of Mendocino Petite Sirah

The signature varietal that launched the Barra of Mendocino brand has only gotten better with age. Now in its 18th vintage, this wine is made from a vineyard high above Lake Mendocino, a dry, exposed location where the vines struggle, but produce deep, rich, intensely flavored wine.

Tastes like: Plum, Black Peppercorns, Blackberries, Raspberry Jam

Pair with: Meatloaf with Bacon, BBQ Beef Ribs, Grilled Veal Chops, Smoked Pork Loin


Kuvéers, try all four with our Uncork Barra Bundle. You’ll be transported to California’s rugged wine country sip by organically-farmed sip.