Imagine purchasing a vineyard in Mendocino County in 1955. Charlie Barra, did just that. His Italian heritage gave him the love of the land and agriculture at a time when Mendocino was very different. Charlie and his wife Martha worked side by side to grow Barra of Mendocino into high quality fine wine. Sadly, Charlie passed in 2019 but Martha is still at the helm to this very day and I was lucky to get a chance to talk to her. Mendocino wines are very special. Visiting there is even more so.

You can hear Martha on our Vino Lingo segment defining the term “Deficit Irrigation”

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Written by Ray Fister

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