One rainy evening in Portland, Oregon, my husband and I were sitting on our patio with a glass of wine in hand, listening to the K. D. Lang song “Acquiesce.” He turned to me and said one day we’re going to have a property and we’ll call it “The Acquiesce.”
I replied, “Really? And what will this property be like?”
He said, “I really don’t know but it will be beautiful with gorgeous views, lots of land, and a peaceful, serene feeling.”
At that time, I really needed to hear this prophecy. Raised in Chicago, we were relocated by a corporate career to Michigan, Sweden, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas, all within a 15-year time frame. The thought of a permanent, tranquil property was music to my ears. So when we were fortunate enough to put down roots just outside of Lodi in Acampo, Calif. we called the 18-acre property, ranch house, 100-year old barn and zinfandel grapes, “Acquiesce.”
to surrender, to become quiet
During the next nine years we proceeded to make wine from our zinfandel grapes, special lots from Napa and from other Lodi vineyards. In 2008 I began working with renowned winemaking consultant Heather Pyle Lucas who had years of experience with Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. Her self-effacing style, great teaching skills and dry sense of humor in the vineyard and the cellar helped to bring me up to speed, hone my winemaking skills and fall in love with this endeavor.
Then the stars aligned for Acquiesce! While shopping for a nice white wine, I happened upon a beautiful white Chateauneuf-du-Pape, brought it home and found it the most delicious white wine I had ever tried. After hurrying back to buy a case I found out I was holding the last bottle of this wine in all of California. I began to research how to craft this fantastic wine. Eventually I managed to source cuttings originating from the famous Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France for my first Grenache Blanc plantings. I was thrilled by the results! The combination of our sandy loam soil and these special cuttings produce wines that speak to me … it was like discovering the secret recipe.
This first success led us to plant more of these delicious white Rhone varietals and Acquiesce has become the mantra of our small white wine winery: we seek to submit ourselves to nature, to yield to the vineyard, to acquiesce to the grapes. It is in this way we believe we can produce wines of the best quality. We offer only premium white wines and roses which are crisp, light and brilliant. Our vines are lightly watered and the grapes are handpicked and then whole cluster pressed. The wines are left unoaked. We do this according to our view it is important for you to be able to taste the quality of the fruit.
Our tasting room opened January 2012 in our century old barn and it’s been a marvelous journey! It’s a delight when our guests in the tasting room love the wines just as much as we do. Our 2011 food-friendly vintage totals only 300 cases and includes our award-winning Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Belle Blanc (white blend) and Grenache Rose.
— Susan Tipton, owner/winemaker, 22353 N. Tretheway Road, Acampo, Calif., 209-333-6012, whitewinewinery.com