When Susan Tipton founded Acquiesce Winery, she was on a mission unique to Lodi AVA and in fact, most vinicultural areas. Acampo, where the winery is located, is just north of Lodi in Central California. She sought out to offer only “white Rhone wines”!! She was chastised and admonished why she should not focus on “solely white wines”. Yet based on her passion and life experiences in France, she proceeded without wavering. She sourced and planted the best vines from the Chateau de Beaucastel of Chateauneuf du Pape on her quest. Today she has and continues making artisan and award winning boutique wines. Her awards are too numerous to list, but include International Women’s Wine Competition Gold Medal, California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition Double Gold, SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal and many, many more.
Her wines include Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Ingénue, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Belle Blanc (blend). She currently produces around 3,000 cases. Three of my favorite wines Susan produces are Picpoul Blanc, Ingénue and Roussanne.
Her 2018 Roussanne on the eye is a light golden straw and medium viscosity. On the eye and palate, it possessed an elegant finesse with floral aromatics, hints of pear, apricots and with a rich and silky smooth mouthful texture almost creamy. The finish had a soft nutty texture of almond and a hint of honey with a distinct minerality. with a medium long finish. Roussanne brings more acidity, elegance and floral aromatic complexities to the wine. Perfect for fish and shell fish.
The Food Pairing
Acquiesce Roussanne was paired with fresh scallops seared in a butter/olive oil with a pinch of garlic salt. Accompanied by long grain and brown rice and a fresh artichoke. Another wonderfully matched dinner pairing.