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Lodi Wines

‘Thanksgiving Outside the Box’ a Wines of Lodi themed tasting I was invited to a few weeks ago. Some of Lodi’s top vintners celebrated the season early with some of their favorite Lodi wines, thoughtfully paired with holiday recipes that were created especially for this tasting’s featured wines. Recipes were created by Chef Tony Lawrence from winechefforyou.com and were given to the field tasters to recreate at home and pair with the wines. I was not able to produce those exact recipes the evening of the tasting, but I did, however, make a few recipes of my own that I thought would also pair well.  Success was had and the following wines of Lodi are, in a nutshell, amazing! These wines are something special and go far beyond Thanksgiving, so definitely do not limit yourself to just this one holiday.

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Viognier – paired with Cream of Butternut Squash Soup

The Acquiesce 2014 Viognier is crisp and dry, yet it pairs so beautifully with a creamy soup? Yes. It does. That’s because this wine has a beautiful round, lush fullness on the palate while obtaining a high acidity and crisp lemon and tangerine flavor. The wine has a long finish that anyone will love.  Acquiesce’s 2014 Viognier is a year long wine. Amazing chilled, on the summer patio in July and the star of the show with a warm, fall soup of butternut squash in November. You can’t go wrong.

m2 Wines 2013 Alicante Bouschet – paired with Italian Steak Cassoulet Lodi Wine and Food Pairings

The m2 2013 Alicante Bouschet is a unique and delicious wine. A big red with dark fruit flavors and a smokey finish.  Tannins are like that of a Cabernet, so a fatty red meat was definitely a winner. But unlike a Cabernet, Alicante Bouschet has a higher level of acidity and can bring more to the table in food pairing. That’s why I chose a slow cooked, Italian steak cassoulet. There’s nothing better than a braised piece of meat, vegetables, beans, tomatoes, crusty bread and a big red wine. France has something here, peeps – and so does Lodi!

Mettler Family Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah- paired with Braised Beef Short Ribs on Creamy Polenta

The Mettler Family Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah is a versatile red. Dark and inky in color this wine is full of blackberries and blueberries with notes of cocoa. Good tannic structure and smooth acidity – a food pairing dream with luscious meat and rich sauces. The 2013 is currently sold out at the winery, but the consistency of year to year vintage is safe with m2 Wines. A real winner.

Michael David Winery 2014 Symphony – paired with Peaches & Dumplings

Lodi Wine and Food PairingsMichael David’s 2014 Symphony is a desert lovers dream!  Crisp and sweet this wine has tons of potential. A different type of “sweet wine” – although sweet, it is balanced with bright fruit and acidity which makes it wonderful to sip on or pair with an amazing cheese plate. But when it’s “warm inside” – a nice bowl of peaches & dumplings could not pair any better with this wine. The Symphony has stone fruit flavors that compliment the peaches and the acidity to lighten the sweetness so that these two together become balanced bliss!  An absolute must bottle to serve at the holidays!

When it comes to fall foods, winter comfort and holidays ~ you will win the hearts of all with wonderful, yet simple food pairings and wines of Lodi. Keep your heart warm and your pocket book full.