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Hosts Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission and Susan Tipton of Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards - Lodi's only all-white wine winery - will be guiding us through some unique and delicious white wines from Lodi, CA. 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.

To many, Lodi is predominantly known as a red wine region, proudly holding the self-proclaimed title of "Zinfandel Capital of the World”. Although it's true that the Lodi of today is flush with remarkable reds and intense old vine Zinfandels, its white wines are just as impressive. Due to its unique Mediterranean climate, Lodi is capable of producing the gamut of white wines. From mineral-laden Iberian wines like Garnacha Blanca to rare, food-friendly varieties like Gewürztraminer, to classic staples like Sauvignon Blanc, to full-bodied, exotically scented versions of Viognier - Lodi has it all when it comes to world-class white wines.

Other popular white varieties grown in the Lodi region include Albariño, Kerner, Roussane, Vermentino, Symphony, and Verdelho. Over the past decade, creative, new vintners have begun to experiment with Lodi’s many white varieties, resulting in today’s production of exceptional varietal wines and intriguing blends.

Today we will taste through these delicious wines in the following order:

• 2013 Borra Vineyards Artist Series Nuvola Gewürztraminer (SRP $19)
• 2013 Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha Blanca Vista Luna Vineyard (SRP $18)
• 2013 Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards Viognier (SRP $23)
• 2013 Heritage Oak Winery Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $18)
• 2012 Uvaggio Moscato Secco (SRP $14)

For more information on these wines and the Lodi wine region, please click on the tabs and links below.
Map of Lodi Wine Region

Map of Lodi Wine Region

To read more about the Lodi AVA and its appellations, visit HERE.
2013 Artist Series Nuvola Gewürztraminer SRP $19

2013 Artist Series Nuvola Gewürztraminer SRP $19

Gewürztraminer in the U.S. has had a reputation for being cloyingly sweet. So you’ll be pleasantly surprised by winemaker Markus Niggli’s dry take on this German classic, and even more surprised to learn that this is 100% pure warm-climate Lodi fruit. Taking you right to the cutting edge of what’s being poured in the hottest restaurants, Nuvola – Italian for “cloud” – serves up signature flavors of lychee, but with a healthy lemon twist bringing an exciting liveliness, accompanied by delicate honeysuckle and the skin of green apple on top of refreshing salty minerality. For an incredible pairing, we’d ask for a big bowl of creamy Butternut Squash soup topped with whisps of toasted onions and a dollop of crème fraiche

Appellation: Lodi (Mokelumne Glen Vineyards)
Blend: 100% Gewürtraminer 
Harvested: Augsust 21, 2013 at dawn
Winemaking: 10 days stainless steel cold-fermented
Cellar: 5 months, 100% stainless steel
Cases: 71 bottled January 23, 2014
Alcohol: 13.6%
pH: 2.88
RS: 0.49 g/L, dry
TA: 7.62 g/L

For more information on Borra Vineyards, please visit www.borravineyards.com.

2013 Garnacha Blanca Vista Luna Vineyard SRP $18

2013 Garnacha Blanca Vista Luna Vineyard SRP $18

This 2013 Garnacha Blanca comes from a 3 acre planting in the corner of Vista Luna Vineyard. It has beautiful fruity aromas of Fuji apple and kiwi with a hint of Squirt grapefruit soda! Medium bodied, lush and round in the mouth it exhibits flavors of peach, ripe melon, apricot nectar and agave. This wine pairs beautifully with cheese and fruit platters, tapas and grilled shrimp with chili lime butter. 

Appellation: Borden Ranch, Lodi 
Vineyard: Vista Luna Vineyard 
Composition: 90% Garnacha Blanca, 10% Albariño 
Clone Selection: Rasteau 
Fermantation: 100% Stainless Steel, 
Aging: 6 months in Stainless Steel 
Tech: Alc: 13.21% pH: 3.31 TA: 4.57 g/l 
Soil Type: Volcanic Gravelly Clay Loam 
Age of vines: 8 years 
Harvested: September 5, 2013 
Bottling: February 8, 2014 
Production: 244 cases produced 
Certification: Certified Green by the Lodi Rules of Sustainable Winegrowing

For more information on Bokisch Vineyards, please visit www.bokischvineyards.com.
2013 Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards Viognier SRP $23

2013 Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards Viognier SRP $23

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

Acquiesce’s Viognier is crisp and dry, yet round on the palate, with bright fruit reminiscent of honeyed tangerine and peach, aroma of violets and followed by a long, dry finish.  This wine pairs well with fish, Asian dishes and citrus salads.

Varietal Composition: 100% Viognier
Appellation: Lodi's Mokelumne River
Alcohol: 14.1% by volume
Production: 268 cases

For more information about Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards, please visit www.acquiescevineyards.com.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc SRP $18

2013 Sauvignon Blanc SRP $18

Heritage Oak Sauvignon Blanc is a superb wine variety for Lodi’s warm days and cool nights. This Heritage Oak has crisp citricy flavors and full aroma that is a result of when the grapes are grown in the shelter of a full canopy of leaves. This wine is a wonderful complement to fruit, cheese, or a light meal of chicken or fish.
 

Fruit Source: 80% Hoffman Vineyards Bruella Rd, 20% Hoffman Vineyards Mokelumne Flood Plain
Composition: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Musquee
Bottling: February 2014
Alcohol: 13.5%
Cases: 332

For more information on Heritage Oak Winery, please visit www.heritageoakwinery.com.
2012 Moscato 'secco' SRP $14

2012 Moscato 'secco' SRP $14

The Muscat family is likely the most ancient of all cultivated grape varieties and over the millennia has spread throughout the Mediterranean, IN the Alto Adige of Italy’s far north; they cultivate their own unique variant, which we now grow in California. It possesses an exotic perfume of jasmine and honeysuckle; with flavors of peach, honeydew and cantaloupe, along with a hint of grapefruit. This dry Moscato (‘secco’) can be enjoyed on its own or accompany rich foods like cheese and sausages; plus the spicier styles of Asian cuisine. 

Vineyard: Bella Vigna Vineyard
Bottled: December 2012
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.49
TA: 5.1 g/l

For more information about Uvaggio, please visit www.uvaggio.com.



Lodi's Summer Whites

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

As markets abound with fresh summer produce and al fresco picnic opportunities tempt us away from our desks and into the sun, our palates gravitate toward crisp wines to complement warm weather food and activities. Today, we are pleased to feature some of the wonderfully diverse white wines Lodi has to offer. Versatile, refreshing and distinctively ‘Lodi,’ this selection is a far cry from your typical summer sippers!
 
To learn more about the region and Lodi Wines, please visit www.lodiwine.com and follow Lodi on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine as well as using the hashtag #LodiLive.

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