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September 2013 News

Cedarville Vineyard

In case we haven't met, here's a quick introduction. We are Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks, and we're Cedarville Vineyard & Winery, located at 2,500 feet elevation in Fair Play, in the southern part of the El Dorado AVA. Our vines were planted between 1993 and 1997, and we've been farming Organically since 2010. Over 90 percent of the wine we make is grown here on our estate vineyard. We make our wines in our energy efficient winery building and our cut-and-cover underground caves. Right now, we're gearing up for Crush 2013. Thank goodness the relatively mild summer delayed what would most likely have been a very early start to harvest due to the vines emerging from dormancy on the early side of Spring. As a result, we've had time this summer to bottle the last of our 2011s, remove slow maturing grapes from our vines, rack and blend our 2012s, and visit friends and family without too much time pressure. Over the summer, we were excited to receive very nice reviews for our current releases from Wine Enthusiast magazine, including a picture of a our Zinfandel featured in the September issue. Harvest is always a busy and fun time here, and if you'd like to see what's going on, and taste our wines, we welcome visitors for tasting by appointment. Please give us a call or send us an e-mail if you are interested in visiting.

6320 Marestail Road • Fair Play, CA 95684
(530) 620-9463

Tastings and tours by appointment.


Jodar Vineyards & Winery

What wine shall we have with dinner tonight?" There are a few loose rules of thumb to draw upon, but the truth of the matter is, wine and food are not always ideal bedfellows.

Cantiga Wineworks has made an in-depth study of the characteristics in wine that can make or break its compatibility with food. "Acidity is of paramount importance," says Christine Rorden, co-owner. "A soft wine is much more difficult to pair with meals than a wine with a crisper acidity." Other characteristics that make for a "food friendly" wine include fruit-forwardness, balance, light or no oak treatment, and finish—also a function of acidity.

The goal at Cantiga Wineworks is to recapture the art of making wine that benefits from long periods of cellaring; and to craft a food-friendly style, thus reclaiming wine's rightful place on the dinner table. Cantiga's winemaker, Rich Rorden, feels these two objectives go hand in hand. "What we do here is essentially classical style winemaking, modeled after centuries of European tradition. This practice is rapidly becoming a lost art as winemaking is increasingly driven by economics." Cantiga's current releases are typically at least 5 years old and can age for decades—which is a testament to Rich's passionate commitment to the classical style.

Visit Cantiga's beautiful estate tasting room and experience their extraordinary wines, which are often paired with gourmet food samples—and always accompanied by hospitality!

3405 Carson Court • Camino, CA 95667
(530) 644-3474

Open daily, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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