LODI,Ca--Jeff Farthing is a unique among winemakers, and the wines he produces as Winemaker and Production Manager of Michael David Winery of Lodi, California, reflect his 'full on' personality. Already known for his Seven Deadly Zins signature Zinfandel wine ($13) and the powerhouse Inkblot red blend, so named because its color resembles that of squid ink in the glass, he's managed to come up with a summer white blend that is long and taste, yet is facile enough to be the perfect summer wine.
Incognito White Blend ($18) is a virtual alphabet soup of white grapes, both internationally grown and indigenous to the Lodi region and the winery itself, yet a focused tasting of the wine proves that every grape varietal and percentage used was very carefully mapped out, almost like an architect plotting the design features of a multi-use structure. With its blend of Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Semillion and the winery's proprietary Symphony grape, the wine comes in at a whopping 13.5 per cent alcohol content, yet the extra kick of alcohol serves to give the wine a balanced acidity that makes it the perfect accompaniment to sushi or a shrimp, crab or lobster salad. The fruit is a heady combination of star fruit, tangerines, a hint of candied apricot and a passing aroma of chamomile and orange blossoms. This is the 'go-to' wine for summer and sure to intrigue your guests. Its 'Incognito' because this is a robust, wild bronco cleverly disguised as a gentle filly.
Photos: 1. Incognito White Blend-$18 2. Winemaker Jeff Farthing-Michael David Winery 3. American Styled Sushi, called Crudo