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Tasting Ironstone Vineyards

IMG_4153.640x480Made from a grape created at U.C. Davis in 1948, this wine is worth looking for

by Andrew Chalk

It may be the largest California grape grower you have never heard of but John Kautz Farms has 6,500 acres of wine grapes in California, making them the sixth largest wine grape grower in the state. In terms of acreage, they are just behind household names like Gallo Vineyards and just ahead of Beringer and Sutter Home.

They sell most of the grapes, grown in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi appellations, to other winemakers but, increasingly in recent years, they have made their own wine under their Ironstone label.    Continue reading

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