I have made a small handful of visits to Acquiesce Winery in Lodi, CA, and I hope to return again soon as they never disappoint. Sue Tipton is both proprietor and winemaker at Acquiesce, which gives her street cred in my book, as I love to support my fellow women in the wine business, especially on the winemaking side! Acquiesce is unique because they only produce whites and rosés…and remember, we are in LODI, which is Old Vine Zinfandel country. No red wines to be found here, which is a gutsy move in this Zinfandel-soaked Lodi area.
From their website: Acquiesce has become our mantra — to submit to nature, to yield to the vineyard, to acquiesce to the grapes so they present their own true character. Attention to detail reigns here with sustainable vines that are lightly watered, grapes that are handpicked and then whole cluster pressed to create wines that are both classic and traditional.
There is a $10 tasting fee, which is waived with any wine purchase. Bottles of wine range from $25-$55 for their sparkling Grenache Blanc. The fun part about a tasting at Acquiesce is that they pair a small bite with each wine taste. My favorite was the goat cheese with thyme and Meyer lemon paired with the Grenache Blanc. Delicious! They sell-out of their wines every year and at that point their tasting room shuts down until the following season! Be sure to check their website or call before going.
The tasting room is comfortable and homey and feels like you’re in a farmhouse in Tuscany or the south of France. They do not accept pets or groups of over 6 people. Outside food and beverage is not allowed. This is a more tranquil, laid back tasting room where you can enjoy the wines and relax a bit.
Acquiesce is focused on Rhone varietals. When I was last there we tasted: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Rosé, Picpoul, Rousanne, and Belle Blanc (which is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, and Viognier). They also have a Clairette that I did not get to try.
Fun fact, Acquiesce Winery is a member of LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing, which is California’s original sustainable viticulture program. LODI RULES is considered a benchmark program that will (hopefully) be transferable to other winegrowing regions.
Their wine club is super simple. You get 6 bottles of wine in both the Spring and Fall, a 20% discount on all other wines, invitations to parties and pickup events, and complimentary tastings when visiting.
If you find yourself in Lodi and are either burned out from the big Zins OR not much of a red wine drinker, I highly recommend a visit to Acquiesce. Or perhaps it’s a hot summer day and you want to drink a flight of Summer Sippers…..Acquiesce is the perfect choice!