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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Saturday: Chug Pinot, Save a Chunk of Marin Farmland

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM

click to enlarge MALT is trying to preserve this swath of Nicasio hillside. - GCQUINN/FLICKR
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  • MALT is trying to preserve this swath of Nicasio hillside.
It's easy to take for granted the edible goods from Marin farms. Knowing what's kept some of those farmlands from turning into subdivisions is a bit harder, but chances are the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) had something to do with it.

MALT, in a nutshell, is an agricultural conservation program that has preserved more than 41,000 acres of Marin farmland. It was founded by dairywoman Ellen Straus, of the Straus dairy farming family, along with wetlands biologist Phyllis Faber.

Continuing this preservation requires dough, of course. That's where Saturday's Pinot Noir MALT benefit in Larkspur comes in. Pours from Dutton-Goldfield, Kendric Vineyards, Orogeny, Pey-Marin Vineyards, Point Reyes Vineyards, Sean Thackrey, Stubbs Vineyard, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Vergari Wines, Skywalker Ranch, Vision Cellars, and Willowbrook Cellars. Locally produced foods will make an appearance, and wines by the bottle and case will be for sale at discounted prices.

Marin County Pinot Noir MALT Benefit

When: Sat., June 12, 3-7 p.m.

Where: Escalle Historic Winery, 771 Magnolia (at Ridgecrest), Larkspur

Cost: $50 advance registration includes valet parking, food, and "fine wine" glass Tickets: Purchase online

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