Live from Lodi Wine Country!

Yesterday Kevin and I enjoyed participating in a virtual tasting featuring 4 Lodi wines made from grapes certified under Lodi Rules – California’s original sustainable wine growing program!

These four wines showcased the quality, care, and diversity of wines being made in the Lodi Wine Region.

Sipped in California joined other wine bloggers & wine enthusiasts with wine grower Aaron Shinn of Round Valley Ranches, winemaker Chad Joseph, & Stuart Spencer of the Lodi Winegrape Commission to participate in this virtual tasting on Facebook promoting Earth Day and the Lodi Rules sustainability program.

#1. Bokisch Vineyards 2015 Albariño from Terra Alta Vineyard. ALC 12.5, $18.  With a beautiful pale platinum color this wine is very aromatic! We found hints of blood orange, peach, and smooth vanilla ending with a medium bodied finish.

#2. Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.  ALC 13%, $20.   Refreshing with a soft citrus finish. We found hints of lemon grass, grapefruit and fresh pear. This bright, clean and inviting Sauvignon Blanc was a favorite of ours with vibrant acidity and subtle grassy notes.

#3. Michael Klouda Wines 2014 Broken Vine Zinfandel. 14%, $26.  These vines are over 60 years old and produce small Zinfandel clusters and aged for 16 months.  Impressed with this brighter and restrained style, right away we knew these old vines in Lodi were really something special.  Producing quality wine that has been grown with care.

#4. The final and our favorite was Michael David Winery’s Inkblot 2014 Cabernet Franc. 15.4%, $35.  The first Lodi Cabernet Franc wine ever produced by Michael David Winery and one of the few produced from Lodi. This varietal originated from the Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions of France.  We found flavors of black cherry, pepper and tobacco with a hint of vanilla.  The velvety smooth tannins proved this wine to be decadent in every sense of the word!

This virtual tasting proved fun and educational.  How often is it that one gets to sit in front of 3 in-the-know wine enthusiasts and sip fabulous sustainable California wines?

Cheers Lodi Wine and Thank you!

-Sipped in California