"Japan has vending machines everywhere and seems to like to put most everything in cans," he says. So far, Green only has a handful of Japanese cans.

 

While the bulk of Green's collection, which encompasses some 400 specimens, is housed away from Greenwood Ridge's tasting room, an octagonal-shaped glass case displays a sampling of dozens of labels. According to Green, visitors are amazed by the amount of wine that is canned - and that it began so long ago.

 

And then comes the inevitable question, "Would Greenwood Ridge ever consider cans?" Green's answer comes as a question of its own: "If you made a fine wine that you were very proud of, would you put it in a can?"

"Japan has vending machines everywhere and seems to like to put most everything in cans," he says. So far, Green only has a handful of Japanese cans.

 

While the bulk of Green's collection, which encompasses some 400 specimens, is housed away from Greenwood Ridge's tasting room, an octagonal-shaped glass case displays a sampling of dozens of labels. According to Green, visitors are amazed by the amount of wine that is canned - and that it began so long ago.

 

And then comes the inevitable question, "Would Greenwood Ridge ever consider cans?" Green's answer comes as a question of its own: "If you made a fine wine that you were very proud of, would you put it in a can?"

Allan Green brings a creative imagination to all his endeavors. A graphic artist by trade, the art of grape growing and wine making captivated him in 1973. Thirty years later, the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance presented Allan with the George Zeni Memorial Award for "outstanding stewardship of the land, community service and producing the highest quality wine grapes in Mendocino County."

 

Of course he combines wine, art and design whenever he can. He commissioned a group of painters and musicians to interpret Greenwood Ridge Vineyards wines in their own ways because he wanted to know how to describe the essence of wine. The project evolved into a "feast for the senses" which has since been presented as a live event at Stanford University.

 

For Allan, work and fun are different aspects of the same reality. He created the California Wine Tasting Championships in 1983, a contest in which tasters of every level of proficiency competed in wine identification. The only event of its kind in the country, Allan presided over the competition with characteristic flair and wit until the 30th and final competition in 2012.

 

Now Allan has created a new event, the California Wine Pairing Championships, to highlight our Wine Club Weekend, set for the

second weekend in August.

 

If Allan isn't in the vineyard or the winery, you can find him playing centerfield for the World Champion Greenwood Ridge Dragons, who in 2007 (and again in 2008!) won the 50+ World Championship at the Men's Senior Baseball League World Series in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009, the Dragons also won the Fall Classic in West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

In 2011 the Dragons won their fourth world championship in five years at the MSBL World Series in Phoenix in the 60+division.