I’d Love to be Stuck in Lodi

If John Fogarty feels dread at being “stuck” in Lodi, he may not be a wine lover. I know, I know, the song was written long before Lodi became a wine-lover magnet, but I can’t think of one without hearing the other. I recently participated in a Snooth chat with four wines from Lodi, California, LoCa. With several other writers, we heard from the winemakers about where the region is headed and why they are already a diverse and established. There wasn’t a Zin in sight. There were, however, four wines that I would happily buy again.

img_7147Acquiesce Winery’s 2015 Belle Blanc ($26) was the token white. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier, this wine has layers of stone fruit, citrus, white flowers with vibrant acidity. a versatile white, a pleasure to drink.

The wine was a head-turner, the conversation and comments made me realize that Michael McCay may be my spirit-winemaker. The 2013 McCay Cellars Grenache ($32)was gorgeous. Red and black fruit, anise, black pepper. A funky (the good kind) fig finish and balanced acidity. This wine has rustic tannins, a mouthfeel of softened leather. I loved this wine and can’t wait to try more of his line.

Klinker Brick Winery’s 2013 Farrah Syrah hits several high notes. Brambly fruit, orange peel and anise, even a bit of mint and cocoa. Its balance and complexity far exceed its price tag, about $20.

img_7305A rustic Italian dish needs a rustic Italian wine. I ran out of time and didn’t get all of the wines opened for the tasting so I waited to open the Lange Twins 2014 Nero d’Avola until I had the right dish. The first chilly night we had, I made a turkey Bolognese and this wine worked perfectly. Chewy black fruit, earthy, herbaceous, and spicy. Everything you’d expect from this variety at around $20.


Many thanks to the team at Snooth, all of the winemakers, and my wine friends who make these events an absolute pleasure. I was so sorry to miss the Wine Bloggers Conference last summer in Lodi. And while this tasting made me realize more acutely what I missed, it further convinced me to make it out there on my own. And I would certainly welcome getting “stuck.”

{ These wines were provided as media samples for participation in a virtual tasting. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}



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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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