Your hosts tonight are Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker at St. Amant Winery and Program Manager at Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Cindy Della Monica, owner & cheesemonger at Cheese Central. Stuart and Cindy will taste us through these unique and delicious wines produced from sustainably grown Lodi fruit and their fabulous (and also eco-friendly) cheese pairings in the following order:
- Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24.00) paired with Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Arcata, CA
- Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.00) paired with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog® Grande, Arcata, CA
- St.Amant Winery 2013 Barbera (SRP $18.00) paired with Fiscalini Farms San Joaquin Gold, Modesto, CA
- Michael David Winery 2012 Tannat (SRP $35.00) paired with Central Coast Creamery Seascape Paso Robles, CA
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.
The Lodi Rules™ program grew out of the Lodi Sustainable Winegrowing Program, which was awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in 2006 for success with promoting adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices. Since then, the Lodi Rules™ has expanded and evolved, with the program growing to over 85 farming operations, and 20,000 acres of Lodi vineyards that have been certified. There are an additional 10,000 acres certified from Sonoma to Soledad. In 2014, the Lodi Rules™ program was honored with its second GEELA, this time being recognized for its sustainability efforts. Read more about the award here
. For a wine to bear the Lodi Rules™ seal of approval, its composition must be made up of at least 85% of fruit which has been sourced from a vineyard certified under the Lodi Rules™ program, meaning that the vineyard has passed an independent, peer reviewed audit of 101 farming practice standards which have been accredited by Protected Harvest, a non-profit organization of scientists, academics and environmentalists. Over twenty wineries now produce wines that bare the Lodi Rules™ seal on the label. Read more about the Lodi Rules™ program here
Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850’s, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.
Lodi’s classic Mediterranean climate and ideal winegrowing soils yield distinct wines, crafted from more than 100 wine grape varieties. Lodi’s vast portfolio of wine grapes includes traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as exotic, lesser-known varieties like Albariño, Cinsaut and Pinotage.
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