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Robin Black
 
November 9, 2019 | Robin Black

Meet Deanie Bridewell, Our Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager

Welcome to the first in a series of staff profiles for our team at Acquiesce! We couldn’t do what we do without them, and thought it would be fun for you to get to know them, too.

Deanie Bridewell, right, pours wine for a group of sommeliers we recently hosted.If you’ve been in the Acquiesce tasting room, and especially if you’re one of our wine club members, you’ve most likely met or spoken with our tasting room and wine club manager, Deanie Bridewell. Her gracious and gentle demeanor sets the tone in the tasting room, and she keeps things running smoothly on all fronts.

Deanie previously worked at the City of Lodi’s Hutchins Street Station, where she was the Manager and Event Coordinator.

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What brought you to Acquiesce?

I met Sue (Tipton) while I was the Event Coordinator and Manager of Hutchins Street Square.  My emphasis was supporting the Arts.  We met planning the Artisan Masters, a fundraising collaboration between the Lodi Arts Commission, the Lodi Arts Foundation and local wineries.

What was your background prior to coming to Acquiesce?

I started working for HSS in 2004. During that time, I attended Sacramento State and received a Certificate in Event Planning. Lodi art events provided opportunities for me to meet local wine makers who were always generous in their support and donation of wine when asked to help.  Although I worked with many winemakers, my knowledge of Lodi wines was limited.

How long have you been in the Lodi area, and what do you like about it?

I moved to Lodi from Sonoma County in 2004.  Lodi offers a small town feel while providing great wine tasting, art events and recreational opportunities.

What’s your (current) favorite wine in the Acquiesce lineup?

Right now I’m loving the Grenache Blanc. The Grenache Rosé is always a consistent favorite. Having Belle Blanc back on the menu is a treat, and I’m waiting for a special moment to open my 2014 Roussanne. I can’t wait to try that!

What do you like about working at Acquiesce?

I feel blessed to work with Sue. I respect her philosophy and spirit to produce world class wines. I enjoy the delight customers find in her white wines, especially the staunch red wine only lover, once they take the chance. And I love working with the Acquiesce staff.  They are the best and truly committed to their passion and support of Acquiesce and providing the very best experience for our guests.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When not working, I love traveling—whether it is a trip to the ocean or abroad. This summer I had the opportunity to meet Sue and Rodney in Uzes, France. It turned out that in our small cooking class we were surprised by having two Acquiesce wine club members show up who were also enjoying a holiday. I also am Noni to five wonderful grandchildren who I can never get enough of.

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Deanie provides such a positive guiding presence at Acquiesce. Sue Tipton notes “Deanie is the ultimate customer service professional; nothing makes her happier than greeting our guests or getting to know a new wine club member. She’s interested in pleasing our customers and being a mentor to our tasting room staff.”

Be sure to say “hi!” to Deanie next time you stop by!

Time Posted: Nov 9, 2019 at 3:09 PM
Robin Black
 
November 8, 2019 | Robin Black

We're Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle!

We may be just a stone's throw from the city by the bay, but we (and our wines) are often overlooked by our bigger neighbors to the west. So we were extra-thrilled to find ourselves in a feature in The Press, the Chronicle's wine section. Former Sacramento Bee writer Mike Dunne has compiled an extensive guide to Lodi wine, and it includes a feature on Acquiesce!

In her piece "We've Gotten it All Wrong About Lodi Wine," Chronicle wine writer Esther Mobley notes in her introduction to Dunne's guide:

"Discovering the wines of Lodi has truly been one of the great pleasures of my job over the last few years . . . . As the longtime Sacramento Bee wine writer, Mike knows Lodi like his own backyard, and he does a wonderful job of conveying the region’s rich history. Perhaps more acutely than any other California wine region, Lodi is a place that was shaped by the Gold Rush and Prohibition. It is both the beneficiary of the modern wine boom’s appetite for zesty, higher-alcohol red wines, and the victim of it — as the region now has to show it can do more than jammy and overripe."

Our dry white wines are emblematic of that maverick spirit in Lodi, and we think Dunne captures it perfectly:

"The secret to the popularity of their unusual wines is a house style that stresses clarity, focus and zing. Unfamiliarity with this or that varietal wine hasn’t kept consumers from recognizing and embracing suggestions of apple, lime and revitalizing acidity in her Picpoul Blanc, the juicy complexity of her Grenache Blanc, and the tropical fruitiness, richness and persistence of her Clairette Blanche."

Be sure to check out Dunne's Lodi guide, and use it to plan your next trip to visit us!

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2019 at 8:42 AM
Robin Black
 
November 6, 2019 | Robin Black

More Accolades for our 2018 Acquiesce Wines!

We were delighted to learn this week that two of our Acquiesce wines received medals at this year's American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition.

Founded in 1967, the American wine society is the largest and oldest organization of wine consumers in the country; its Commercial Wine Competiton was first held in 1986 and remains one of the more highly regarded wine competitions in the U.S.

This year, our Clairette Blanche--one of the two new varieties we recently planted on the Acquiesce estate--was awarded a Gold Medal. This is still an exceptionally rare Rhône variety for the U.S., and we think it performs beautifully in our Lodi AVA.

In addition, our perennially popular "lip-stinging" beauty, Picpoul Blanc, was awarded an AWS Double Gold Medal.

We are proud of the premium white wines we produce here at Acquiesce, and thrilled with this recognition from the American Wine Society. We still have both wines available for purchase online (just click on the "Wines" tab above) or in the tasting room.

Time Posted: Nov 6, 2019 at 2:45 PM
Robin Black
 
October 31, 2019 | Robin Black

Our 2018 Belle Blanc has arrived!

Acquiesce’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape-inspired blend, Belle Blanc, is an homage to Sue Tipton’s origin story as a winemaker. She’s almost certainly told the tale too many times to count now, but the wine she tasted that started her on the journey that would become Acquiesce, with all its wines we know and love, was a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend. If you can get her talking about that wine, she still waxes rhapsodic in describing it.2018 Belle Blanc

We can certainly identify-we’re just as likely to wax rhapsodic about the Belle Blanc when you ask about it in the tasting room. It’s a perennial staff favorite (and customer favorite!), and the 2018 vintage is no exception.

All of our grapes are hand-picked and immediately pressed as whole clusters to capture their fresh, flavorful character. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep acidity at its highest, providing the vibrancy in the wine. The juice is then cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to highlight the pure fruit expressions.

Our estate fruit is in the Mokelumne River AVA of the Lodi Appellation, and our grape clones are Tablas Creek cuttings from the famous French Château de Beaucastel Winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Our climate is very similar to that of the Southern Rhône with cool nighttime breezes from the nearby Mokelumne River giving our grapes their ripe, fruity flavors with excellent balance.

This luscious white offers wonderful mouth feel and tropical flavors; the lovely aroma of pear, honeysuckle and gardenia give way to a long, dry finish. Each variety brings something special to the blend: the Grenache Blanc brings aromas of dried apricot, green apple, and stone fruit, the Roussanne provides an almond and floral note, and the Viognier adds a honeyed tangerine finish.

Grenache Blanc ClustersBelle Blanc is an exceptionally versatile blend, pairing well with summertime dishes like citrus salads, ceviche, oysters, crab, but also pairs beautifully with heartier fall and winter dishes such as chicken and pork; try it with a traditional cassoulet or the Pork Chops Gratinées featured in the Recipes section on this website. We call it our Thanksgiving wine because it pairs so beautifully with all the rich dishes on our holiday table, from the turkey on down (and we think it'd go great on your Thanksgiving table, too).

Belle Blanc was just awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition 2019. It’s available for purchase on the website and in our tasting room.  $34/bottle.

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2019 at 3:36 PM
Robin Black
 
October 3, 2019 | Robin Black

2019 Fall Shipment - Meet the Wines!

2018 Ingénue (2 bottles)

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Picpoul Blanc, the Ingénue has a very high-toned, exuberant nose of primarily minerals and fresh fennel, with suggestions of lemon/citrus and spring/floral notes; medium-full body of moderate weight despite meaty, slightly dense, textured qualities, finishing with mineral and citrus notes in the mouth. We enjoy this wine with gruyere grilled cheese, tomato tart, pork belly, goat cheese and so much more.  Best of Class & Double Gold in the 2019 International Women's Wine Competition plus Gold & Best of Class in the 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition.

2018 Bourboulenc (2 bottles)

We are the first winery in the U.S. to release this varietal that has been grown in France for hundreds of years. It’s got a great natural acidity, with citrus flavors of orange and key lime and with a honeyed beeswax finish. We find that it pairs well with fish (a natural with bouillabaisse!) and even shines with spicy foods.  Gold Medal - 2019 International Women's Wine Competition.

2018 Roussanne (1 bottle)

This wine has the most diverse characteristics of all of our varietals. The mouth is juicy yet still restrained, with flavors of apricots and cream. The finish is mineral, with almond, pear, floral and even some honey notes. It stands up to rich shellfish, salmon, spicy foods and garlic stir-fries. A must with foie gras!  Gold Medal - International Women's Wine Competition 2019.

2018 Grenache Rosé (1 bottle)

This Provençal style dedicated rosé has a delicate salmon color with aromas of watermelon, strawberry and lime. Our Grenache grape clones come from both the famous French Château de Beaucastel Winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and from the renowned Alban Grenache clone; the cool nighttime breezes from the Mokelumne River nearby gives the grapes ripe, fruity flavors with excellent balance. This wine pairs well with any food but try it with Mediterranean cuisine or Spanish tapas for a special treat—or just enjoy it outside on a sunny day!  Gold Medal - 2019 Sunset Magazine's International Wine Competition.

Time Posted: Oct 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Robin Black
 
August 23, 2019 | Robin Black

Our Vineyard Tours Are Back Just in Time for Harvest!

Join us for an Educational Harvest Vineyard and Winery Tour highlighting our estate vineyard and winemaking practices following the Lodi Rules Sustainable Farming Program on either Saturday, September 14th or Saturday, September 21st at 9:30 AM.

This is an ideal time of year to visit us for a vineyard tour, since you’ll get to experience the grapes themselves right out in the vineyard.

Participants will walk the vineyard with Rodney Tipton, gaining an understanding of trellising, pruning, tying, maintaining shade canopy and seeing how our irrigation program works, to name a few.

The vineyard tour will be followed by an overview of the winemaking process by winemaker Susan Tipton. Learn how to check grapes for ripeness and follow our grapes from the vineyard to the glass. Taste the grapes directly from the vine, and then try freshly pressed grape juice from the tank! Discover how our wines taste along multiple steps in their journey to the bottle and learn just how they got there.

Next up will be a tasting of our fall lineup of white wines each paired with small bites, and ending with a box lunch from the Lodi Airport Cafe on our patio.

Bring a hat or sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes (that don’t mind getting a little dusty).

Limited to 20 guests.

Cost for tour, tasting, and lunch:

$35 per person - $25 per person for Acquiesce Wine Club Members - SOLD OUT!

RSVP here to be added to the waitlist.

ACQUIESCE WINERY

209-333-6102

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2019 at 2:58 PM
Robin Black
 
August 15, 2019 | Robin Black

Meet our 2018 Roussanne!

Our newest release from the vineyard is our 2018 Roussanne, a true Rhȏne grape that originated in the northern Rhȏne valley in France. This is our eighth vintage of the sometimes-temperamental variety, and we are excited about what we’re tasting so far.  It’s already earned a gold medal at the 2019 International Women’s Wine Competition, and impresses with aromas of tea rose, white flowers and a hint of spice on the nose, and it unfolds on the palate with notes of pear, apricot and a rich mouthfeel. The finish lingers with flavors of almonds and honeycomb. A backbone of minerality and acidity keeps this wine gorgeously balanced and delicious alone or with pairings from seafood to foie gras. As with all our wines, it is produced in 100% stainless tanks and never goes through malolactic fermentation, allowing the pure fruit flavor of our unique Lodi-Mokelumne River AVA terroir to really shine through.

While Roussanne is perhaps the most ageable of Rhȏne white varieties—and is often referred to as the white wine for red wine drinkers thanks to that ageability and all-around richness--it does have a bit of a  reputation.

 “Roussanne is a spindly plant, susceptible to wind, to rot, mildew, and oidium. Uneven ripeness, as well as botrytis, is common, and multiple passes are frequently required for a proper harvest.  In the vineyard it is so fickle, in fact, that a grower at Novovine, a Sonoma nurseryman, gave it the nickname ‘the Princess.’”

-Patrick Comiskey, American Rhȏne

In the next breath, however, those who bemoan Roussanne’s finickiness will become downright poetic in describing the beautiful wines this grape produces. Is the princess worth all the trouble? The answer is YES.

It can certainly be a bit of a problem child in our vineyard, but we also have a slightly more hospitable environment for Roussanne here in Lodi, where we have a longer growing season and no troublesome winds like southern France’s Mistral.

One of the keys to growing Roussanne with best results is to keep yields low (which in turn keeps Roussanne’s acid levels in check), which we do with all our fruit at Acquiesce. At harvest, all the fruit is hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed.

Our 2018 Roussanne has just been released, and you can purchase it from our website or in our tasting room where we’ve just added it to our tasting flight.

307 cases produced, 100% estate grown

$32 Retail

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM
Robin Black
 
August 9, 2019 | Robin Black

Beautiful Bourboulenc

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Bourboulenc!

 

Technical notes:

Harvest date – September 21, 2018 (last varietal harvested)

Brix at Harvest – 23 – Absolutely beautiful fruit!

Date of Bottling - January 18, 2019

Cases Produced – 386 cases

Alcohol – 13.5%

In a year notable for its lack of extremes—no heat spikes, no flooding, and no extended drought conditions—the 2018 vintage was a stellar one for the Lodi region, and it really shows in our second-ever bottling of the rare Rhȏne variety Bourboulenc, grown on our estate in the Mokelumne River AVA.  Acquiesce was the first U.S. winery to release a single-variety Bourboulenc, and we think our sophomore effort is even better. It’s a high-yielding, hardy grape that thrives on heat and sunshine—something we have plenty of in Lodi!

How did we make this vintage? For starters, all our estate fruit is certified under the Lodi Rules for sustainable winemaking. How we grow the grapes for our wine is as important as how we make the wine itself, because without quality fruit you cannot have great wine.

The fruit was hand-picked in early morning and whole cluster-pressed; as with all our wines, the grapes were cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks to allow maximum expression of the fruit flavors and has no residual sugar, which means this wine is crisp and dry. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

While this variety has been prized in Southern Rhône, Provence and Languedoc for centuries for its balanced acidity and citrus flavors, it really shines in our Lodi terroir: aromas of white flowers and spice lead to bright citrus flavors in the glass, with hints of fresh herbs, a supporting minerality, and a lingering honeyed finish. Bourboulenc is a primary component of several blends in southern France (Bandol Blanc, anyone?), and it’s a key variety in our own new Ingénue blend, but it’s a real standout as a varietal bottling.  Rarely, if ever can it be found bottled as a single varietal.  While this wine is delicious all by itself, it’s also a food-friendly wine that pairs well with seafood, pastas and risottos with a cream sauce, and even with spicy food. As we worked on this writeup we decided to pair it with a leek risotto and seared scallops, and it was a winning (and delicious!) combination.

Like all the wines Acquiesce makes, it is exceptionally well-suited in general for the lighter California (and West Coast) cuisine.  Our Bourboulenc recently won a gold medal at the 2019 International Women’s Wine Competition, earning its place alongside all our other gold medal winners.

It’s available to wine club members and in our tasting room beginning August 15, with a $28 retail price. It joins our tasting room lineup on the 15th as well, so stop by and discover this exciting new wine for yourself!

 
Time Posted: Aug 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM