Your hosts tonight are Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker at St. Amant Winery (@stamantwine) and Program Manager at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Layne Montgomery, winemaker at m2 Wines (@m2wines), Susan Tipton, owner and winemaker at Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards (@AcquiesceWine), Adam Mettler, winemaker at Mettler Family Vineyards (@MettlerWines) and General Manager and lead winemaker at Michael David Winery (@MDWinery). Together, they will taste us through the following unique and delicious wines and their fabulous food pairings - thoughtfully put together by noted wine pairing specialist, Chef Tony Lawrence (@winechef):
- Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Viognier (SRP $23.00) paired with Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
- m2 Wines 2013 Alicante Bouschet (SRP $26.00) paired with Marinated & Smoked Paprika Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- Mettler Family Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah (SRP $25.00) paired with Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs on Creamy Yukon Gold Parsnip Potatoes
- Michael David Winery 2014 Symphony (SRP $15.00) paired with Peach Cobbler and French Vanilla Ice Cream
Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850's, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.
With more than 100 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long renowned for its high-quality Zinfandel production, including an estimated 2,000 acres of pre-Prohibition own rooted vines, the area also produces some of the most versatile, food friendly varieties in the world, including mouthwatering Picpoul and Kerner, juicy Carignane and delicate old vine Cinsault, complex Iberian, Italian and Alsatian styles and beyond, many of which pair perfectly with the often tricky cornucopia of flavors at the Thanksgiving table.
The region owes much of its recent success to the increase in critical and consumer attention paid to Lodi-designate wines. In fact, the past 10-15 years has seen astronomical growth in demand for Lodi wines, as well as in tourism to the wine region. Today, Lodi is home to over 85 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions. In addition, Lodi is one of the leading wine regions when it comes to sustainable viticulture. The Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California's first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program, which recently won Governor Jerry Brown's annual Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) - the highest environmental award in the state of California - for its mission to address major environmental, economic and social challenges facing California agricultural industry.
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