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(Note: Information Originally Published In 1955 - Presented For Historical Perspective!)
Mendocino produces mainly dry table wines of sound standard quality, among which the reds are the more notable. There is, however, a trend away from the traditional Zinfandel and other average or better-than-average grapes toward the cultivation of the finer varietals. Popular white table types are French Colombard and Sauvignon Vert.
Calpella, Ukiah, and Hopland, all situated along the Russian River, are, from north to south, the representative wine-growing centers with Ukiah, the home of the most prominent wineries of the county.
Mendocino Grape Growers, Inc., Ukiah
This is a co-operative winery established in 1946 and owned and supported by some hundred grape growers of Mendocino County. President of the co-operative is Pete Gialdini, who also functions as general manager. In 1954 the company became a member of the Wine Growers Guild.
Table wines only are produced. These are of sound standard quality and include Zinfandel, Burgundy, and Claret, Sauterne (dry) and Chablis. The co-operative's brand is Cal-Mendo.
Parducci & Son, Ukiah
This family concern is owned and operated by Adolph B. Parducci and his four sons, John, George, Vernon, and Adolph, Jr., of whom John is the wine maker.
The Parduccis originated in Lucca, Italy. Adolph, Sr., born in Santa Clara County, went to Italy as a youngster, where he worked in the vineyards, returning to this country at the age of seventeen. He first entered the wine business in this country in Cloverdale and later purchased the Pine Mountain Ranch at Ukiah. With the advent of Repeal, in 1933, the present winery was built.
Parducci produces both quality and bulk table wines. Aperitif and dessert wines, including vermouth, are purchased and aged. The featured brand for all wines is Parducci.
Quality table wines include Zinfandel and Burgundy, which have also been bottled of special vintages. Plans are to produce Gamay, Pinot Noir as well as a Rose. In the whites French Colombard and Dry Sauterne are available, while Sauvignon Vert is a winery specialty.