A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit down with some Lodi Wine bottles and paired cheeses (by Cindy from Cheese Central). Sine it was Earth Day, the discussion revolved not only around the very tasty items we were sampling, but also sustainability efforts in Lodi, most notably the Lodi Rules™. Launched in 2005, Lodi Rules™ for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Lodi Rules™ takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being. It's great when producers realize that they better take care of the land they are utilizing if they want continued success. Kudos to Lodi and all the producers who adhere to these environmentally friendly practices!
The sustainably grown Lodi fruit and their fabulous (and also eco-friendly) cheese pairings were as follows:
- Acquiesce Winery and Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) paired with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA: estate grown grapes sourced from 100 vines; light yellow color; floral, citrus, and melon aromas; tree fruit, citrus, floral and melon flavors; nice acidity; 98 cases produced; cork closure. The light fruit flavors, especially the melon notes, were a nice contrast to the nuttiness of the cheese.
- Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) paired with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande, Arcata, CA: grapes sourced from the Mohr-Fry Ranch; extremely light yellow in color; fermented in stainless steel; tropical fruit, lemongrass, citrus and melon aromas repeat in the mouth with beautiful acidity; 229 cases produced; cork closure. Fruit flavors popped when tasted with the cheese, with the ash and herb notes in the cheese more noticeable.
- St. Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) paired with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA: grapes sourced from 42 year old vines; aged 10 months in 20% new American oak; pretty ruby color; dark berry, earth, and subtle herb aromas; dark berries, toast, herb, cherry, and earthy flavors; subtle tannins; cork closure. Fruit in wine was a nice contrast to nuttiness of wine.
- Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) paired with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA: aged 16 months in French oak; deep, dark, and sinful looking; red berry, dark fruit, and leather aromas; similar flavors in mouth; plenty of tannins and alcohol - needs time to coalesce; roundish mouthfeel that finishes long but hot; cork closure. Overwhelmed the cheese, needs serious meat for pairing.
As always, special thanks to Charles Communications for organizing the tasting! Charles Communications Associates is an independent creative marketing firm that employs traditional public relations and new media strategies to assist companies, organizations and non-profits in the creation, development and marketing of interesting and compelling brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, we have an exceptional track record of promoting products in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, from wine and tea to top shelf spirits and luxury goods. We consider ourselves fortunate to work with clients who share our philosophy of social responsibility in work and everyday life.
These wines and cheeses were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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