Taste the wines of Humboldt County and you will be awestruck by the quality and distinctness of each wine and of each winery that produces them.

 

Wineries are flourishing in Humboldt County, down south around Myers Flat where vineyards grow sur­rounded by redwood giants. And in the eastern river valleys and forested canyons of Willow Creek and Orleans where organic vineyards and the wines made from them proliferate. To the ocean touched areas of Eureka and Arcata where winemakers select grapes from some of the most amazing vineyards in Northern California to make their wine

 

Yet each of the wines has a quality that is quintessentially Humboldt. The members of the Humboldt Wine Association invite you to visit their individual web sites, It's Worth the Trip. Please call ahead as most wineries are open only by appointment.

 

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Riverbend Cellars

After 30 years of teaching Bonsai, a Japanese art form using miniature trees, Thomas Meagher wanted a new challenge and learning experience. In the 1980's he planted test grapevines until he was finally ready to dedicate himself to a new art form: wine-making.

Hand-grafted, hand-dug, and hand-trellised, Thomas started his first commercial acre in March 1998 and named his winery after the 280 degree bend of the Eel River that hugs Riverbend Cellars. The first acre is still used today in Riverbend's field-blend Coquette, whose European style crafting emphasizes true varietal character and "sense of place" flavors from the soils, not just fruitiness.

Thomas's love and knowledge of flora began at his family's orchards and vineyards in San Benito County, where he learned about ph balances, grafting, and patience. It was also there that he learned one vital lesson:“You don’t get to disguise anything in good wine-making. If something is not of top quality, we don’t use it.”

Today, Riverbend Cellars features the 2009 silver medal winner of the Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competitiona, a smoky northern Rhône-style Syrah with aromas of cedar and ripe plums, which linger on the palate. But the hometown favorite and Gold Medal Winner at the 2006 Humboldt County Fair is the hearty red-blend Myers Flat Firehouse Red "NV".

Riverbend Cellars is located off the Avenue of the Giants in Myer's Flat, where travelers hike through old-growth groves of Giant Redwood Sequoias, visit with Bigfoot, relax at Riverbend Cellars' tasting room and dine at their sister restaurant, the Groves Restaurant where wood-fired baked oysters and two-ways cooked duck are house specialties.

 

Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and features a 2006 River Rosé,
2003 Merlot, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

12900 Avenue of the Giants
(707) 943 9907

http://www.riverbendcellars.com

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