Wine Buzz: Lodi winery signs with big distributor
Look for LangeTwins Family Winery to make a big push from its Lodi home base. The winery recently partnered with Robert Oatley Vineyards USA, a global import company, which will distribute LangeTwins to more than 30 states.
That's to say, LangeTwins is in the midst of expansion mode. Along with its significant bump in distribution, LangeTwins recently launched a new line called Caricature. That starts with a 2010 Caricature Red (14.2 percent alcohol, $16.99) which is a blend of 84 percent cabernet sauvignon and 16 percent zinfandel.
The snazzy label artwork and rich red blend, a popular wine style, is geared toward the coveted "millennial" market. That's the 70 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 34 who've embraced wine at an earlier age compared with other demographics.
The Lange family themselves have farmed grapes around Lodi for five generations. Twin brothers Randy and Brad Lange head the operation and also farm a combined 8,000 acres of grapes around Lodi and Clarksburg.
For more information: www.langetwins.com.
Girard welcomes dads
Father's Day fiesta: Looking to treat good ol' Dad to something besides a new tie on Father's Day? If your pops likes wine, then take him to the Father's Day weekend celebrations at David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road, Placerville.
On June 16 and 17, the winery will serve pizza and salad for $10 along with live music and its usual wine offerings. The celebrations run from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information: (530) 295-1833 or www.davidgirardvineyards.com.
Setting it straight
A glass of "oops": "Wine Buzz" listed the wrong date last week for Barbera Throwdown, a boxing-themed blind tasting at Loomis' 3 Vigne tasting room, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis. The correct date for the event is June 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The event features the three wineries at 3 Vigne tasting room Popie Wines, Ciotti Cellars and Cristaldi Vineyards going head to head with their best barbera, as determined by judges and the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $40 per person or $95 for the tasting and the three competing bottles of wine to take home.
Information: (916) 538-9150 or www.3vigne.com/events.