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When are sparkling wine grapes harvested?

In California, sparkling wine grapes are typically harvested in late July to early August (earlier than the majority of harvest seasons that occur in late August through early October). The reason sparkling wine grapes are harvested early at a slightly un-ripe point is to help maintain acidity in the finished wine.

What is Lodi’s most popular wine grape varietal?

Lodi is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the world, producing over 40 percent of California’s premium Zinfandel vines. Many of the region’s most distinctive wines come from the thousands of acres of “old vines” - some dating back to the 1880’s. Growers, vintners, and consumers from around the world are quickly discovering the distinctive character of Lodi Zinfandel.

What was the first AVA to be designated in California?

Napa Valley was the first American Viticultural Area, or AVA, to be designated in California in 1981. Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to the cultivation of a variety of ne wine grapes. Napa Valley accounts for only 4% of California’s wine grape harvest and is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc.

Originally published in our newsletter The Wine Press accompanying each shipment of our Gold Wine Club wines. Questions above are from the Van Ruiten Family Winery edition.