The LoCA Uncorked earlier this month on Treasure Island proved to be a fantastic showing of great Lodi wines while visitors had the chance to sample the activities around Fleet Week in San Francisco Bay including the Parade of Ships, Air Show and the exciting Blue Angels. This year the event was spread over the Pavilion by the Bay and a large tent alongside. This allowed visitors to easily visit the 37 wineries at the event who were sharing over 200 wines.
Lodi Wine Country east of the Sacramento River Delta is often overlooked when compared to the very strong wine regions in Northern California including Napa and Sonoma Counties to the north and Monterey County to the south. But this unique growing region has always been important to winemakers and grape growers in California. When the Mondavis first came to California it was Lodi that was their first region of choice. In fact the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is still the largest winemaker in the region. While Lodi is famous for its Old Vine Zinfandels, you will find here the widest range of grape varietals in any wine region in California. Spanish and Portuguese varietals in Lodi, such as Tempranillo, Graciano, Albarino and Verdelho, have found their way into many winemakers inventories throughout California. Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Vermentino are also grown here in addition to Rhone and Bordeaux varietals.
At LoCA Uncorked visitors not only sampled wines from such well-known wineries as Woodbridge, Michael David, Van Ruiten and LangeTwins, but also discovered many small wineries that they might never have discovered in their local wine shops.
- Acquiesce Winery is unique as being the only all-white wine producer in this region known for its bold reds. Winemaker/Owner Susan Tipton brought along her 2011 vintages of her Grenache Blanc, Belle Blanc (blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc), Viognier and Grenache Rose. All of these wines were delicious and refreshing and packaged in a unique shaped bottle.
- Bokisch Vineyards was there with their new releases of 2011 Albarino, 2010 Garnache, 2010 Tempranillo and 2010 Grenache. Bokisch specializes in the same Spanish varietals that he tended to at his grandparents vineyard in Spain during the summers growing up.
- Jeremy Wine Company, a small boutique winery located in downtown Lodi got to share their 2010 Cab, 2009 Zinfandel and 2010 “Choral Blend” Italian Red Blend. The wines were delicious with grapes coming from some of the finest vineyards in Lodi.
- St. Jorge Winery specializes in Portuguese varietals following the traditions of their ancestors from the Azores. At LoCA Uncorked they delighted wine lovers with their 2011 Verdelho, 2010 Tempranillo and the unique 2009 Souzao. These wines deliver refreshing but very balanced flavors.
So note on your calendar for next year the first Saturday in October for LoCA Uncorked. Here you can wrap in many of the special events that pack that weekend in the Bay Area but sampling fine wines and being in the heart of Fleet Week activities.
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