2021 Acquiesce Winery Picpoul Blanc, Mahi-mahi and a Birthday Party!

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The Winery

A lot has been written on Acquiesce Winery & Susan Tipton who turned the landscape of Lodi’s red wine region on its head with lesser known “white wines only”!  For further background information see a previous published story at:


Susan was also named Best Woman Winemaker for 2022 at the International Women’s Wine Competition.

The Wine

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Tonight’s wine is one which has made my yearly Best Wines Tasted for years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 for previous vintages. However, this was the 2021 Acquiesce Picpoul Blanc, which up until now I had not tasted with food.  As usual this was a beautiful white wine, produced by winemaker/owner Susan Tipton. Visually this varietal is faint in color and almost translucent with a pale yellow hue. Picpoul means to “sting the lips” yet this wine was much more embracing and had a disguised light sweetness on the finish. The finish produced a full mouthful of wonderment. This wine was made to pair with oysters in Europe.

On the nose pineapple was the predominate scent coupled with minerality. Lemon and a silky mouth filling sensation on the palate. This wine looks like a “light weight wine” but packs a delicate punch of enjoyment.  For my taste, it is an excellent wine and it received a score of 98 points and has won the following awards:

*Double Gold – 98 pts – 2022 International Women’s Wine Competition

*Gold – 96 Pts – 2022 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

*Gold – 90 pts – Orange County Wine Competition

All those awards for this distinctive and coveted wine which sells for $30/bottle and is a real bargain!  Again, Susan can count on this wine to be in the Best Wines Tasted for 2022!

The Food and Wine Pairing

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Paired last Friday at our Wine & Dine Group held at Verona18 at Copper Valley Clubhouse. Ordered a special for the evening, grilled Mahi-mahi topped with a pineapple chutney. Served with leek risotto and vegetable medley. The fish was prepared spot on and the wine paired excellent with the pineapple chutney. We also had two winemakers join us Rhonda Wood and Larry Dino with their spouses.

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

It was a special night as it was also Peter Singh’s birthday! Picture above is Peter with his wife Ansuiya who brought homemade cream puffs drizzled with chocolate for dessert. With nineteen in attendance and every couple bringing a bottle or more, it was an enjoyable night with wines from Livermore Valley, Paso Robles, Calaveras County, Lodi, Spain, Napa Valley and San Benito County!

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)








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