Saturday, July 7, 2018

Family Winemakers of California Tasting A Winner










 I recently attended the Family Winemakers of California tasting and it was a rousing success.  The venue was the Pier 27 Cruise Terminal in San Francisco.  The size and space for this event was excellent.  Plenty of light and air and good spacing so that tasters could move about easily.   Since there were so many quality producers as well as new names it was in my best interest to view the catalogue and pick those who represented answers to questions I had about their production and distribution.   The number of different varietals being poured was extremely large and stylistically varied.  Rather than ramble on about specific wines I think it serves us better if I give a list of those producers who make a high quality wine that represents a good value.  Most of the wines poured were within the $25 and lower bracket with a number of fine wines in the $50+ area, which they earned with stellar wines in the bottle. Do a Google search for the names and the wines they produce and I am sure you will find a new favorite among them.  I encourage people to visit the Lodi area and explore the large number of producers who make dollar value wines from many grapes you may not be familiar with.
                                          TOP WINERIES THAT I TASTED

BELLA GRACE.....................PLYMOUTH  White and Red Blend/ Barbara/ Zin
BLUE FARM..........................SONOMA     Pinot/ Chardonnay
BOKISCH...............................LODI    -Spanish varietals
GUARACHI FAMILY WINES     NAPA-   Pinot Noir/ Cabernet
HARTFORD FAMILY............FORESTVILLE    Zin, Pinot Noir/ Chardonnay
HEARST RANCH .................Paso Robles      White Blend/ Rhone  Blend/ Cabernet/ Petite Sarah
HOOK AND LADDER..........  SANTA ROSA     Gewurztraminer/ Cab Franc/ Zin/ Red Blend
KEENAN WINERY................ Chardonnay/ Cabernet/Syrah /Zin
LEWIS GRACE WINERY......  PLACERVILLE  Temperanillo/Syrah/ Viognier
MADRONA VINEYARDS..... PLACERVILLE  Zin/ Cab Franc/ Malbec
MERLO FAMILY VINEYARDS..  TRINITY COUNTY   Rhone blend/ Syrah/ Zin/ Chardonnay
MOUNT AUKUM................... EL DORADO   wide range of solid wines
NAVARRO              .................  PHILO   Chardonnay/ Riesling/ Pinot Noir/ Zin/ late harvest wines
OAK FARM.............................. LODI   Albarino/ Barbera/Zin/ Red Blend
PRIDE MOUNTAIN................ NAPA    Merlot/ Cabernet/Viognier
SADDLEBACK CELLARS.... OAKVILLE   Cabernet/Merlot/ Pinot Blanc
SOBON ESTATE..................... PLYMOUTH   Wide range of quality priced varietals
SULLIVAN VINEYARDS....... NAPA    Cabernet/Merlot/ Fume Blanc
TABLAS CREEK..................... Paso Robles   Rhone varietals and blends of high quality
TRIONE WINERY.................... GEYSERVILLE    well crafted line of wines
VICTOR VINEYARDS............ VICTOR  well priced wines that drink well now
VINE CLIFF WINERY.............  NAPA  Chardonnay / Cabernet
VINO NOCETO  .....................  PLYMOUTH   Italian varietals of high quality

    There were many other good wineries that I did not have time to taste but each producer works very hard to make wine that will enhance your experience.  There are many other family owned wineries that do not belong to this organization and they make top shelf wines.  Enjoy the search for new experiences and get on a few mailing lists to keep informed about releases and sales.












1 comment:

  1. We started off in the downstairs pub area of LA event venues and then moved to the upper level, many tables were already reserved there but we commandeered some sitting space in front of a fireplace that was just the right size for our group of happy campers.

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