September is California Wine Month and there are myriad opportunities to enjoy the harvest season throughout the area.
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards on East Jahant Road in Lodi is offering a Harvest Experience by appointment only through Oct. 31. Tour some of the vineyards managed by one of Lodi’s prolific winegrape growing families in the comfort of a luxury golf cart, and enjoy a glass of their refreshing rose of sangiovese as you learn more about the growing season, the optimum time to harvest and the family’s sustainable farming practices.
Then, it’s back to the winery for a tour of LangeTwins’ impressive production facility before the tour wraps up in their fabulous barrel room for a private tasting of current releases. Information: email@example.com.
The LangeTwins’ rose of sangiovese is an ideal wine this time of year, as the heat lingers through the afternoon leading to comfortably cooler evenings. All of LangeTwins’ sangiovese goes into their rose program. This dry, blush wine is dark pink with aromas of fresh-cut strawberries bursting from the glass and tingling the palate with bright acidity. Keep this wine in mind to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s perfect by itself or with charcuterie, such as Iberico ham (or a more reasonably priced facsimile thereof), as well as mortadella and prosciutto.
Gerardo Espinosa Jr. represents the third generation of a hard-working Mexican-American family that has procured vineyard property over the years in the Clements Hills AVA, the bounty of which goes into his portfolio of truly inspiring wines under the Vinedos Aurora label. Espinosa, who works full time as a project manager with WMB Architects in Stockton, would be proud to show you (by appointment) his family’s estate and his barrel room, which is on East Pine Street in Lodi, where you’ll sample some of his best work, including his fabulous albarino and landmark petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon. Information: Gerardo Espinosa (209) 810-0824.
The Vinedos Aurora albarino is pale gold in color and has tropical aromas and flavors with nice acidity. It’s refreshing and balanced and would go beautifully with a steaming bowl of cioppino.
The Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair from Sept. 15-18 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds will offer food, entertainment and the opportunity to taste wines from some of Lodi’s best producers, including Bokisch Vineyards, Heritage Oak, Barsetti Vineyards, Dancing Coyote Wines, E2 Family Wines, Imagination Wines, Mettler Family Vineyards, Van Ruiten Family Winery, Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery, Stama Winery and Viaggio Estate and Winery. Information: grapefestival.com.
The view from behind Bokisch Vineyards’ tasting room might be the best in the Lodi AVA. Perched atop one in a series of rolling hills in the Clements Hills area, Liz and Markus Bokisch’s new tasting room features gorgeous Spanish varietals made by Elyse Perry with fruit from one of the area’s most respected growers, Markus Bokisch. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy their albarino, verdejo, tempranillo or graciano as you gaze at the vineyards and granite outcroppings. You might even spot some sheep or cattle grazing in the distance. The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: bokischvineyards.com.
For more information on more great spots to visit this month, go to lodiwine.com.