It's been nice getting to know the Lodi wine region through some recent online tastings. I admire the fact that they're willing to experiment with different grapes and combinations and are not bound down by any established rules. Through these four white wines I think you'll see some amazing creativity and exploration.
2012 Acquiesce Belle Blanc
60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussane, 10% Viognier
$24, 13.5% abv.
Such an elegant bottle and label combination. Light with honey, citrus, flowers, dry, mild, gentle finish. Excellent summer salad pairing with good mesclun greens and a sherry vinaigrette.
2012 Upstream Chardonnay
$15, 13.6% abv.
Amazing acidity, good minerality, really crisp and bright. Delicious notes of lemongrass and citrus peel. Hard to believe it's Chardonnay. This one is a killer match for Thai or Vietnamese food.
2011 St. Jorge Verdelho Seco
$18, 14.8% abv.
Dusky and rich, honey flavors, long, lingering finish. One that I'd serve with a selection of aged goat cheeses.
2012 Borra Vineyards Intuition Field Blend White
60% Kerner, 20% Riesling, 20% Gewürztraminer
$22, 13.3% abv.
I was really surprised to see a Kerner from California, since it's obscure even in Germany. This specimen is full of spice and dried apricot, really deep and with a note of rich white fruit. Bright acidity, full fruit flavor, yet fairly dry. Serve with your best roast chicken and a platter of red and white table grapes.
Note: These wines were provided as samples.