2017 Wine Country Guide: NorCal

It’s official!! I’ve finally finished my 2017 NorCal Wine Country Guide. Take a look at some of my favorite wineries, restaurants, and things to do in Suisun Valley, Napa, and Sonoma. Cheers wine lovers!

Download the Printable Version Here –> threadsandvino wine country guide 2017

A Taste of Italy from Lanza Musto Vineyards

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{Lanza-Musto Brunello Clone Sangiovese going through veraison}

Can’t make it to Tuscany this year? Don’t worry, you can make some fabulous Sangiovese right here in the US! Lanza-Musto Vineyards has been producing Brunello Clone Sangiovese for the past 4 vintages. One of the big reasons we planted this varietal is because the valley provides hot days and cool nights. The temperature can swing over 50 degrees depending on the time of year. Sangiovese eats this type of weather up! This high producing varietal soaks up the sun and enjoys the break under the cool night air.

When producing Sangiovese wines keep in mind that even though it is a bold tasting wine, it can easily be overtaken by oak infusions. Both the Musto Wine Grape Co. and Winemaker Magazine suggest using small amounts of oak or aging your wine in neutral barrels. The oak flavoring can overpower the wine and you will lose the delicate acidity and  bright cherry notes that Sangiovese is known for. Also, blending in a little LMV Barbera or Merlot can help give it a little extra structure and complexity. 

Since Sangiovese originated in Italy, the wines pair famously with anything tomatobased. We suggest pasta, pizza, or any meat dishes that have a tomato sauce. I personally enjoy our Sangiovese with Pepe’s Pizza from New Haven, CT or a great Chicken Marsala.Sangiovese is one of the hottest up and coming varietals being produced in the United States. Make sure to secure your order of Brunello Clone Sangiovese for Fall 2016. You will not be disappointed!

Cheers and Happy Winemaking!

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{Lanza-Musto Brunello Clone Sangiovese ready to ship to Musto Wine Grape Company}

Verasion in the Vineyard

 

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{pictured above – Lanza-Musto Vineyards Primitivo}

Currently our grapes are going through veraison in California.  Veraison occurs when the berry transitions into the ripening stage. From now forward the berry will increase in sugar concentration until it is harvested at the desired brix level. Grapes for sparkling wine or champagne are harvested around 17 brix and grapes for still wine are harvested around 25 brix. The brix level will determine the alcohol level in the wine. For example, a grape picked around 25 brix should create a alcohol 12.5% by volume wine.

Harvest will be here before we know it! It’s to time start getting organized. Click below for your FREE Printable Checklist to help you get ready for the grapes.

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{pictured above – Lanza-Musto Vineyards Brunello Clone Sangiovese}

Quick Suisun Valley Vineyard Update

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“Bud break in Suisun Valley is on schedule and off to a great start! Early bunch counts also look to be normal.” -Nick Lanza of Lanza Vineyards & Lanza Musto Vineyards

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“let’s find some place beautiful and get lost…”

 santa monica ~ marina del rey ~ venice beach ~ via rodeo

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Shopping in Santa Monica

Where to Shop on 3rd Street in Santa Monica

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There are so many shops here – Forever 21, Gap, JCrew, H&M, Crossroads just to name a few. But make sure to go to Wasteland & Patagonia.

Wasteland: is a second hand store that has fantastic finds. Wasteland had higher end items like Chanel, Theory, MM6, YSL, Balenciaga, and Y3 just to name a few. But, they had less expensive quality brands like Free People and Zara. For every item I picked up the prices were very reasonable. So if you are looking for upscale brands at better prices check out Wasteland. The vibe is cool and the prices are great.

 

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Where to Eat: Blue Plate Taco

Their margaritas are insane! They are so delicious and made with fresh ingredients. Try the Passion Fruit marg on the rocks, you won’t be disappointed. When my sister and I were here we split the guacamole and baja fish tacos. The guac was very fresh and the tacos were the perfect amount of crispy. This restaurant is a great combination of location (you are right across from the beach and can sit outside) delicious food, and tasty drinks.  Blue Plate Taco is a great place to stop.

 

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