By Jill Brooke
In honor of National Wine Day this week, we are visiting the floral-inspired wines of the Lodi wine region. Yes, of course, you have heard about Napa but there are so many other areas to visit and enjoy.
A historic wine-growing region since the 1850s, Lodi is situated 40 miles south of Sacramento and 90 miles east of San Francisco. Lodi’s Mediterranean climate and distinct soils allow its growers to cultivate 125 winegrape varieties, making Lodi the most diverse wine-growing region in the United States. Makes you wonder why more people are talking about Nappa and not Lodi. The region also serves as home to 85 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions.
Furthermore, since sustainability is a focus and concern for many innovative winegrowers, Lodi is also a source for sustainable viticulture – as it is called. Therefore, LODI RULES has become America’s original sustainable wine-growing program. Held to a high standard of scientific rigor and excellence, the program emphasizes environmentally and socially responsible practices, while keeping economic feasibility in mind for long-term business success. Today, there are more than 55,000 acres certified throughout California, in Washington, and Israel. Cool right?
Here are five selections to consider for your own wine collection to share with your friend and family.
1) 2019 Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards Belle Blanc
This white blend has notes of gardenia and honeysuckle on the nose, and palette.
2) 2020 Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha Blanca
This white wine has notes of gardenia and cherry blossom on the nose, and palette.
3) 2020 LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards Aglianico Rosé
This rosé wine is very floral with notes of rose on the nose, and palette.
4) 2018 Oak Farm Vineyards Estate Barbera
This red wine has intertwined violet notes that enhance the berry notes on the nose, and palette.
5)2019 Markus Wine Co. Ancient Blocks Bechthold Vineyard Cinsuat
This red wine has notes of violet on the nose and palate.
Wine has been a staple in human culture since its invention in 7000 BC. Some ancient societies enjoyed their wine so much, they even worshipped it. But we’re just happy having a glass to chill at the end of the day or to enhance a meal with friends and family. Especially ones with floral notes since we are floral lovers.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD and floral editor for Aspire Design and Home magazine and a contributor to Florists Review magazine.