Old And Sold Antiques Auction & Marketplace
Antiques Digest Browse Auctions Appraisal Home

Old And Sold Antiques Digest Article

Lodi-Sacramento - Notable Wineries By District And Region

[Lodi-Sacramento - Part 1]  [Lodi-Sacramento - Part 2]  [Lodi-Sacramento - Part 3] 
[Back To Regions] 



(Note: Information Originally Published In 1955 - Presented For Historical Perspective!)

NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

Acampo Winery and Distilleries, Acampo

The winery is named after the town of that name, just north of Lodi. The owner, general manager, and wine maker is Dino Barengo, a graduate of the University of Nevada at Reno. He has been active in the wine industry for many years and worked among others for that colorful and legendary personality, Lee Jones, formerly head of the Shewan-Jones Company, which he founded after Prohibition, and who maintains his residence not far from Lodi.

Dino Barengo has been associated with the Acampo Winery since the early forties, when it was a stock corporation of which Cesare Mondavi, who later took over the Charles Krug Winery, was president. In 1943 the Acampo Winery was acquired by the Gibson Wine Company, now of Elk Grove, and Dino Barengo managed it for that concern. Barengo then leased the winery and finally purchased it in 1946, when he became the sole proprietor.

Both table and dessert wines of sound standard quality are produced, with Barengo and Barengo Reserve the featured brands with Royal Stag for northern Nevada, where Dino Barengo has retained many connections.

The most popular of the Barengo dessert wines are the Port (mostly from the Zinfandel grape), Sherry (from Palomino and Mission), Muscatel (from the Muscat of Alexandria), and Tokay (mainly from the Flame Tokay).

East-Side Winery, Lodi

The well-known East-Side Winery, one of the largest in the district, is a farmers' co-operative, founded in 1933- Its name was adopted because that section of the Lodi area where the winery is located, directly east of the city, is known as an area of particularly rich soil yielding high-quality grapes.

The co-operative is formed by some hundred winegrowing stockholders, to whom all returns revert after costs and taxes have been paid. E. J. Mettler is the president, Ed Preszler the vice-president, and K. T. Anderson the general manager. The wine maker is Herman Ehlers, R. Gianelli is the chemist, and W. Ehlers the bottling superintendent.

Both table and aperitif and dessert wines are produced, which rate among the finest of the inland valley wines.

The featured brand is Royal Host for quality wines, with Gold Bell the secondary label for those of competitive grade.

The Royal Host wines include the following:

Aperitif and Dessert wines: Pale Dry Sherry (featured), Sherry, and Cream Sherry; Port (another featured wine, of the Ruby type) and Tawny Port; Flame Tokay (produced roo per cent from the Flame Tokay grape) ; Marsala (medium sweet, with a high percentage of Palomino with the addition of Angelica) ; Muscatel, White Port, and Angelica; Dry and Sweet Vermouth;

Table wines: WHITE Rhine Wine (a house specialty of exceptional quality), Dry Sauterne, and Haut Sauterne; RED: Burgundy, Zinfandel, and Claret;

Light Sweet wines: Light Sweet Red and White.

A red table wine of the mellow Italian "vino rosso" type is marketed under the Buon Vino label, while another specialty is the socalled "Palomino Beige," an aperitif wine of the sherry order, very dry, made exclusively from the Palomino grape and containing 18 per cent alcohol by volume.,/P>

Under the Gold Bell brand a full line of sound standard-quality wines is marketed as follows:

Aperitif and Dessert wines: Pale Dry Sherry and Sherry, Port, Muscatel, Tokay, White Port, and Angelica;

Table wines: Burgundy, Zinfandel and Claret; Dry Sauterne, Haut Sauterne, and Rhine Wine.

Wine Growers Guild, Lodi

The Wine Growers Guild, one of the largest producers of the California wine industry, was incorporated as such in 1943, Succeeding California Wine Sales. The Guild is actually a federation of separate co-operative wineries, composed in turn of numerous individual growers. The crushing is done by the member wineries, who crush the grapes belonging to their members and produce the wines. The Guild is for central bottling and merchandising only, returning to the member wineries the gross proceeds of the sales, less all costs of blending, bottling, freight, advertising and sales and administrative expenses. The member wineries return to the growers the gross return from the sales of the wines, which is the figure returned to them by the Guild less actual production costs and including the administration of the producing plant. Both the Wine Growers Guild and all of the Guild producing units are strictly nonprofit co-operatives.

The following are the member wineries of the Guild: Cucamonga Pioneer Vineyard Association at Cucamonga (also known as Cucamonga Cellars of Wine Growers Guild), Lockeford Winery at Lockeford near Lodi, Del Rio Winery, Inc., at Woodbridge near Lodi (also known as Woodbridge Cellars of Wine Growers Guild), Bear Creek Vineyard Association at Lodi (also known as Lodi Cellars of Wine Growers Guild), Mendocino Grape Growers, Inc., of Ukiah, Mendocino County.,/P.

The location of the member wineries in the prime grape-growing areas enables the Guild to produce and market Zinfandels, Burgundies, and Clarets from the Cucamonga district, red table wines from Mendocino County in the Northern Coastal Region (such as used in their Vino da Tavola), and Palomino Sherry, Pale Dry Sherry, Port, White Port, and Zinfandel from San Joaquin County in the inland valley region.

L. K. Marshall, one of the great men of the California wine industry, with a knowledge and charm which only equal the respect in which he is held by one and all, is the president of the Wine Growers Guild. He is at the same time the general manager of Bear Creek Vineyard Association of Lodi, a well-known enterprise in its own right, founded in 1934, and a Guild member. Lawrence Quaccia is the Guild's wine maker.

One of L. K. Marshall's hobbies is the growing and developing of special varietals, and many an experimental wine has been made under his direct supervision. The purpose is to test out favorable varieties for which there seems to be a need under local climatic and soil conditions. Most the varieties are available to anyone interested in growing them. Varieties grown successfully by Marshall include the Tinta Madeira, a wonderful grape for the production of fine port wine, and Ruby Cabernet, which may have a great future before it in the claret field. The most intensive search at the present time is for a suitable variety to replace the Zinfandel, which in some localities is so subject to diseases that it is fast dying out.

A committee of outside experts yearly classifies and grades each cuvee or batch of Guild wine produced.

The top-quality brand is Ceremony, which is reserved for the older and vintage wines. These include:

Aperitif and Dessert wines: Palomino Pale Dry Sherry and Palomino Cream Sherry (excellent sherries both, produced from the grape of that name and aged in oak puncheons, available also in decanters), Tawny Port (from the Grenache and other grapes, also available in decanters), Golden Muscat;

Table wines: Burgundy and Sauterne;

Sparkling wines (bulk process) : Champagne and Sparkling Burgundy. The brand for the sound standard-quality wines is Guild and these include the following:

Aperitif and Dessert wines: Pale Dry Sherry, Sherry, and Cream Sherry; Port, Tawny Port, and Ruby Port; Muscatel, Tokay, White Port, and Angelica; Dry and Sweet Vermouth;

Light Sweet wines: Lite Sweet Red, White, Amber, and Muscat;

Table wines: RED: Vino da Tavola, Burgundy, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Claret; WHITE: Sauterne and Rhine; ROSE: Vin Rose.

The Guild has been especially successful in the promotion of its "Vino da Tavola" (or table wine), often called "Tavola" for short. It is a wine of the Italian "vino rosso" type and, in the words of L. K. Marshall: "not as light as a Rose, not as heavy as a Burgundy, not as tart as a Claret and possessing a `souprron' of sweetness:' It is deservedly an extremely popular wine, one of the very finest of its kind, and is available in all sizes, from gallon containers to splits.