Your hosts tonight are Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker at St. Amant Winery and Program Manager at Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Cindy Della Monica, owner & cheesemonger at Cheese Central. Stuart and Cindy will taste us through these unique and delicious wines produced from sustainably grown Lodi fruit and their fabulous (and also eco-friendly) cheese pairings in the following order: 

  • Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) paired with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA
  • Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) paired with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande, Arcata, CA
  • St.Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) paired with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA
  • Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) paired with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
Launched in 2005, Lodi Rules™ for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Lodi Rules™ takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being.  

The Lodi Rules™ program grew out of the Lodi Sustainable Winegrowing Program, which was awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in 2006 for success with promoting adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices. Since then, the Lodi Rules™ has expanded and evolved, with the program growing to over 85 farming operations, and 20,000 acres of Lodi vineyards that have been certified. There are an additional 10,000 acres certified from Sonoma to Soledad. In 2014, the Lodi Rules™ program was honored with its second GEELA, this time being recognized for its sustainability efforts. Read more about the award here. For a wine to bear the Lodi Rules™ seal of approval, its composition must be made up of at least 85% of fruit which has been sourced from a vineyard certified under the Lodi Rules™ program, meaning that the vineyard has passed an independent, peer reviewed audit of 101 farming practice standards which have been accredited by Protected Harvest, a non-profit organization of scientists, academics and environmentalists. Over twenty wineries now produce wines that bare the Lodi Rules™ seal on the label. Read more about the Lodi Rules™ program here.

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.  

Lodi’s classic Mediterranean climate and ideal winegrowing soils yield distinct wines, crafted from more than 100 wine grape varieties. Lodi’s vast portfolio of wine grapes includes traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as exotic, lesser-known varieties like Albariño, Cinsaut and Pinotage.  

For additional information on these wines and the Lodi wine region, please click on the provided tabs below. 

Lodi Rules

Lodi Rules
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Lodi Rules

Learn more about Lodi Rules here
Lodi Rules

Lodi Rules

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
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Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Growing
Harvested in the Mokelumne River AVA of the Lodi Appellation, our grape clones are Tablas Creek cuttings from the famous French Château de Beaucastel Winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Our climate is very similar to that of the Southern Rhône with cool nighttime breezes from the Mokelumne River nearby giving our grapes their ripe, fruity flavors with excellent balance.

Winemaking
All of our grapes are hand-picked and immediately pressed as whole clusters to capture their fresh, flavorful character. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep acidity at its highest, providing the vibrancy in the wine. The juice is then cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to highlight the pure fruit expressions.

Varietal Composition: 100% Picpoul Blanc 
Appellation: Lodi Mokelumne River 
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume 
RS: 0 % 
TA: 5.70 g/l 
PH: 3.50 
Production: 98 cases 
Retail Price: $24.00

Cheese Pairing: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA
Tasting Notes
Aged six months or more, this blushing ivory colored cheese is dense and smooth with a slight crunch of protein crystals that form naturally with aging. Made in Holland exclusively for Cypress Grove Chevre®, Midnight Moon® is nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish.
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande
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Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Viticulture Notes
These grapes are grown by Mohr Fry vineyards and are certified by Lodi Rules as Sustainably Grown. Sauvignon Blanc hails from the Bordeaux region of France and has gained fame for its ability to express regional terroir throughout the wine growing regions of the world. We utilize the same clone (clone 1) that had help put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map. Lodi produces a more citrusy style, but our wine still has hints of grassiness, without being too herbaceous.

Winemaking
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank. The juice was racked and fermented cold in a stainless steel tank, using VL3 wine yeast. After a long fermentation, the wine was clarified and held cold until it could be finished for an early bottling.

Appellation: 100% Lodi Appellation
Vineyard Designate: 100% Mohr Fry (Lodi Rules)
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.55 %  Alc. by Vol. (Label 13.5% Alc. By Vol.)
pH: 3.28
Production: 229 cases
Retail Price: $19.00

Cheese Pairing: Cypress Grove, Humbolt Fog Grande, Arcata CA
Tasting Notes
The subtle, tangy flavor and distinctive layer of edible vegetable ash are a prized combination in this iconic American original. You’ll enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbal overtones and a clean citrus finish. As Humboldt Fog® matures, the layer of proteolysis just under the rind will increase developing a more intense flavor.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold
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St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

Vineyard
Barbera is often regarded as the Rodney Dangerfield of grape varieties – it gets no respect! Unfortunately it is too often treated as a pedestrian variety – over-cropped, over-processed, and drowned of identity in some conglomerate blend. We, however, love this Ugly Duckling, and have con-sistently strived to capture its true identity.

The grapes come from a 42 year old vineyard in the heart of the Lodi Appellation. The vineyard was originally planted by our dear friend, and third-generation winegrower Ted Leventini for Gallo Hearty Burgundy. In 1998, after cooking dinner for a family wedding, he convinced us that we needed to make a few barrels of wine from his vineyard. That first vintage won count-less awards and sold out in months. The rest is history and this wine since has been a very popular and delicious wine in the St.Amant portfolio.

Winemaking Style
Picked ripe and hand sorted the grapes were crushed and destemmed to open top fermentors, where fermentation lasted for 10 days. The must was inoculated with selected yeast. Gentle pumpovers and delestage were performed. Ten months of barrel aging in 20% new American Oak followed sof-tening and rounding out the wine. A natural malolactic fer-mentation was completed in barrels. It was bottled young to capture the vibrant expressive Barbera fruit.
 
Appellation: Jahant, Lodi
Varietal: Barbera Harvest Date: 10/08/13
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 514 Cases
pH: 3.44
Suggested Retail: $18.00
 
Cheese Pairing: Fiscalini Farms, San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA
Tasting Notes
This cheese has a natural, thin rind with a tawny buttery color. Crunchy protein crystals abound in this cheese. Mildly sweet and mellow when young, it develops a darker golden hue and nuttier flavor over time. Its flesh is firm and granular with an aroma of toasted nuts and browned butter. It has pleasant acidity and salt balance with a deep lasting flavor and lovely sweetness.
St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
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Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Winemaking
Originating in the southwest region of France, this varietal is notable for its high
tannin levels, raspberry aromas, and dark color. Known as the “national grape” of
Uruguay, this varietal has slowly crept into the US with plantings in Virginia and
now seeing an increase in California. The 5 acre vineyard used for this bottling
has found a friendly foothold in the hilly southeastern edge of Lodi. The red
gravely loam soil in this area provides excellent drainage for this water adverse
varietal.
 
2012 was an exceptional vintage for Lodi. The wine grape quality well exceeded
average across all varietals, and the ideal weather provided us with a great
harvest. Little if any rain during harvest and warm days with cool nights made for
one of the most reliable vintages in years.
 
Appelation: Lodi
Composition: 100% Tannat
pH: 3.62
Alc. by Volume: 15.3%
 
Cheese Pairing: Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
Tasting Notes
An original hand-crafted artisan cheese made from blended goat and cow milk. Seacape
is a semi-hard cheese with a slightly crumbly texture and a complex tanginess that make
this cheese a true American Original.
Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica
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Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Cindy Della Monica has extensive experience in the food industry. Cindy has been cooking since the age of eight years old. By the time she was 20, Cindy was teaching cooking classes. Over the following twenty-five years, Cindy owned and managed her own upscale catering company, Edible Escapades, and her own Italian-style deli restaurant, Bella Mozzarella Deli. Cindy also spent several years as head staff chef at Woodbridge Winery by Robert Mondavi in Woodbridge, California. 

Cindy’s experience in gourmet food service ultimately led her to open Lodi’s first artisan cheese shop in downtown Lodi’s up-and-coming boutique shop scene. Located on downtown’s iconic School Street, Cheese Central offers imported and domestic cheeses; a delectable pantry of crackers, cookies, honey and more; premium Salami and sausages, and local olive oils. Cindy also teaches educational classes at Cheese Central, spanning topics from “Cheese 101” to “The Cheeses of France.” 

When asked what her favorite cheese is, Cindy laughs and says, “All of them. My favorite cheese family is washed rind. Those tend to be very pungent. I love goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, and everything cow.” (Courtesy: Jordan Guinn, “Lodi News Sentinel,” March 2011.) 
For additional information about Cheese Central, please visit cheesecentrallodi.com. 

Cheese Central, 11 N. School Street, Lodi, CA 95240. (209) 368-3033. Store Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Lodi Rules
Lodi Rules
Pairing 1
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
Pairing 2
Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande
Pairing 3
St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold
Pairing 4
Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
Cindy Della Monica
Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Lodi Rules

Lodi Rules
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Lodi Rules

Learn more about Lodi Rules here
Lodi Rules

Lodi Rules

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
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Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Growing
Harvested in the Mokelumne River AVA of the Lodi Appellation, our grape clones are Tablas Creek cuttings from the famous French Château de Beaucastel Winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Our climate is very similar to that of the Southern Rhône with cool nighttime breezes from the Mokelumne River nearby giving our grapes their ripe, fruity flavors with excellent balance.

Winemaking
All of our grapes are hand-picked and immediately pressed as whole clusters to capture their fresh, flavorful character. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep acidity at its highest, providing the vibrancy in the wine. The juice is then cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to highlight the pure fruit expressions.

Varietal Composition: 100% Picpoul Blanc 
Appellation: Lodi Mokelumne River 
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume 
RS: 0 % 
TA: 5.70 g/l 
PH: 3.50 
Production: 98 cases 
Retail Price: $24.00

Cheese Pairing: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA
Tasting Notes
Aged six months or more, this blushing ivory colored cheese is dense and smooth with a slight crunch of protein crystals that form naturally with aging. Made in Holland exclusively for Cypress Grove Chevre®, Midnight Moon® is nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish.
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande
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Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Viticulture Notes
These grapes are grown by Mohr Fry vineyards and are certified by Lodi Rules as Sustainably Grown. Sauvignon Blanc hails from the Bordeaux region of France and has gained fame for its ability to express regional terroir throughout the wine growing regions of the world. We utilize the same clone (clone 1) that had help put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map. Lodi produces a more citrusy style, but our wine still has hints of grassiness, without being too herbaceous.

Winemaking
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank. The juice was racked and fermented cold in a stainless steel tank, using VL3 wine yeast. After a long fermentation, the wine was clarified and held cold until it could be finished for an early bottling.

Appellation: 100% Lodi Appellation
Vineyard Designate: 100% Mohr Fry (Lodi Rules)
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.55 %  Alc. by Vol. (Label 13.5% Alc. By Vol.)
pH: 3.28
Production: 229 cases
Retail Price: $19.00

Cheese Pairing: Cypress Grove, Humbolt Fog Grande, Arcata CA
Tasting Notes
The subtle, tangy flavor and distinctive layer of edible vegetable ash are a prized combination in this iconic American original. You’ll enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbal overtones and a clean citrus finish. As Humboldt Fog® matures, the layer of proteolysis just under the rind will increase developing a more intense flavor.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold
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St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

Vineyard
Barbera is often regarded as the Rodney Dangerfield of grape varieties – it gets no respect! Unfortunately it is too often treated as a pedestrian variety – over-cropped, over-processed, and drowned of identity in some conglomerate blend. We, however, love this Ugly Duckling, and have con-sistently strived to capture its true identity.

The grapes come from a 42 year old vineyard in the heart of the Lodi Appellation. The vineyard was originally planted by our dear friend, and third-generation winegrower Ted Leventini for Gallo Hearty Burgundy. In 1998, after cooking dinner for a family wedding, he convinced us that we needed to make a few barrels of wine from his vineyard. That first vintage won count-less awards and sold out in months. The rest is history and this wine since has been a very popular and delicious wine in the St.Amant portfolio.

Winemaking Style
Picked ripe and hand sorted the grapes were crushed and destemmed to open top fermentors, where fermentation lasted for 10 days. The must was inoculated with selected yeast. Gentle pumpovers and delestage were performed. Ten months of barrel aging in 20% new American Oak followed sof-tening and rounding out the wine. A natural malolactic fer-mentation was completed in barrels. It was bottled young to capture the vibrant expressive Barbera fruit.
 
Appellation: Jahant, Lodi
Varietal: Barbera Harvest Date: 10/08/13
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 514 Cases
pH: 3.44
Suggested Retail: $18.00
 
Cheese Pairing: Fiscalini Farms, San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA
Tasting Notes
This cheese has a natural, thin rind with a tawny buttery color. Crunchy protein crystals abound in this cheese. Mildly sweet and mellow when young, it develops a darker golden hue and nuttier flavor over time. Its flesh is firm and granular with an aroma of toasted nuts and browned butter. It has pleasant acidity and salt balance with a deep lasting flavor and lovely sweetness.
St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
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Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Winemaking
Originating in the southwest region of France, this varietal is notable for its high
tannin levels, raspberry aromas, and dark color. Known as the “national grape” of
Uruguay, this varietal has slowly crept into the US with plantings in Virginia and
now seeing an increase in California. The 5 acre vineyard used for this bottling
has found a friendly foothold in the hilly southeastern edge of Lodi. The red
gravely loam soil in this area provides excellent drainage for this water adverse
varietal.
 
2012 was an exceptional vintage for Lodi. The wine grape quality well exceeded
average across all varietals, and the ideal weather provided us with a great
harvest. Little if any rain during harvest and warm days with cool nights made for
one of the most reliable vintages in years.
 
Appelation: Lodi
Composition: 100% Tannat
pH: 3.62
Alc. by Volume: 15.3%
 
Cheese Pairing: Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
Tasting Notes
An original hand-crafted artisan cheese made from blended goat and cow milk. Seacape
is a semi-hard cheese with a slightly crumbly texture and a complex tanginess that make
this cheese a true American Original.
Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica
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Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Cindy Della Monica has extensive experience in the food industry. Cindy has been cooking since the age of eight years old. By the time she was 20, Cindy was teaching cooking classes. Over the following twenty-five years, Cindy owned and managed her own upscale catering company, Edible Escapades, and her own Italian-style deli restaurant, Bella Mozzarella Deli. Cindy also spent several years as head staff chef at Woodbridge Winery by Robert Mondavi in Woodbridge, California. 

Cindy’s experience in gourmet food service ultimately led her to open Lodi’s first artisan cheese shop in downtown Lodi’s up-and-coming boutique shop scene. Located on downtown’s iconic School Street, Cheese Central offers imported and domestic cheeses; a delectable pantry of crackers, cookies, honey and more; premium Salami and sausages, and local olive oils. Cindy also teaches educational classes at Cheese Central, spanning topics from “Cheese 101” to “The Cheeses of France.” 

When asked what her favorite cheese is, Cindy laughs and says, “All of them. My favorite cheese family is washed rind. Those tend to be very pungent. I love goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, and everything cow.” (Courtesy: Jordan Guinn, “Lodi News Sentinel,” March 2011.) 
For additional information about Cheese Central, please visit cheesecentrallodi.com. 

Cheese Central, 11 N. School Street, Lodi, CA 95240. (209) 368-3033. Store Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Owner of downtown Lodi's Cheese Central, Cindy Della Monica

Lodi Celebrates Earth Day with Wine & Cheese!

Hello and welcome to Lodi Live, a live video tasting featuring four delicious wines produced from the historically rich and diverse Lodi winegrowing region!  

During this special tasting, we will be celebrating Earth Day as we spotlight some of our favorite Lodi Rules™- certified wines, thoughtfully paired with local (and sustainably produced!) artisan cheeses from Lodi's only cheesemonger, Cindy Della Monica of Cheese Central. 

To learn more about the Lodi AVA and wines, please visit www.lodiwine.com and follow Lodi on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine, using the hashtag #LodiRules and #LodiLive during the tasting. Cheers!

Your hosts tonight are Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker at St. Amant Winery and Program Manager at Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Cindy Della Monica, owner & cheesemonger at Cheese Central. Stuart and Cindy will taste us through these unique and delicious wines produced from sustainably grown Lodi fruit and their fabulous (and also eco-friendly) cheese pairings in the following order: 

  • Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) paired with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA
  • Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) paired with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande, Arcata, CA
  • St.Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) paired with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA
  • Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) paired with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
Launched in 2005, Lodi Rules™ for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Lodi Rules™ takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being.  

The Lodi Rules™ program grew out of the Lodi Sustainable Winegrowing Program, which was awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in 2006 for success with promoting adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices. Since then, the Lodi Rules™ has expanded and evolved, with the program growing to over 85 farming operations, and 20,000 acres of Lodi vineyards that have been certified. There are an additional 10,000 acres certified from Sonoma to Soledad. In 2014, the Lodi Rules™ program was honored with its second GEELA, this time being recognized for its sustainability efforts. Read more about the award here. For a wine to bear the Lodi Rules™ seal of approval, its composition must be made up of at least 85% of fruit which has been sourced from a vineyard certified under the Lodi Rules™ program, meaning that the vineyard has passed an independent, peer reviewed audit of 101 farming practice standards which have been accredited by Protected Harvest, a non-profit organization of scientists, academics and environmentalists. Over twenty wineries now produce wines that bare the Lodi Rules™ seal on the label. Read more about the Lodi Rules™ program here.

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.  

Lodi’s classic Mediterranean climate and ideal winegrowing soils yield distinct wines, crafted from more than 100 wine grape varieties. Lodi’s vast portfolio of wine grapes includes traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as exotic, lesser-known varieties like Albariño, Cinsaut and Pinotage.  

For additional information on these wines and the Lodi wine region, please click on the provided tabs below. 


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