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}

Wine Wednesday: Petite Sirah – Petite Verdot Blend

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Wine Wednesday at the office today – tasting a red blend I helped make a few years back. It’s got good fruit and earthy notes, but I think the tannins and acid are still a little strong. Definitely a wine that needs to be decanted. I think I’m going to leave this in the bottle for another year. How are your wines coming along? Any fun and exciting new blends you’re trying?

Cheers! 

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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