To say that wine is something that Markus Bokisch knows well would be an understatement. Born in Germany and raised in California, he spent his summers in Spain with his mother’s family, where wine is the preferred drink at mealtimes. When he and his wife Liz moved to Spain, it only immersed them further into Spanish wine culture, sparking a dream that they brought back with them to California.
“Fast forward to 2019 and we are producing approximately 5,000 cases of wine, farming 2,700 acres of wine grapes, and our tasting room is attracting over 8,000 visitors per year,” says Liz. “It’s really been an amazing journey and a dream come true!”
Chances are that if you’re already a fan of Bokisch’s wines, you’ve fallen in love with their Albariños – they make three – and with their Tempranillo. Liz herself admits that Albariño is her go-to wine, and suggests pairing it with mussels, oysters, and sushi. Markus however, favors the Graciano, which Liz says is a natural with grilled lamb, seared duck, or ribeye.
“I think both of these wines exemplify the diverse appeal of Spanish wines,” she says. “The Albariño is highly aromatic, bright and fruity, with a crisp finish. The Graciano is a complex combination of luscious forest fruit with balanced soft tannins. I consider these as ‘foodie’ wines which don’t overpower but rather enhance the flavors.”
This spring, keep an eye out for the release of Bokisch’s 2018 vintage of white wines, and for the return of Rosado, their rosé. “We are also excited to release our new Garnacha Blanca,” reveals Elyse Perry, a winemaker at Bokisch. “Last year’s vintage took a gold medal at the International Grenache Competition, which was held in the Terra Alta region of Spain.” Bokisch Vineyards was the first American winery to enter in 2017, and they plan to enter their 2018 vintage into this year’s competition. And be on the lookout for even more exciting things to come! “New events, tastings, tours of our vineyards as well as Spain, and even some new Spanish varieties are on the horizon,” shares Kristine DeBock, Wine Club and Events Manager.
Peruse their website to find the wine that most calls to you, or better yet, stop by. Rich DeCola, Tasting Room Manager sums up a visit to Bokisch perfectly: “Come for the wine and stay for our cheese pairings accompanied by the stunning views of our rolling hills of vineyards.”
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18921 Atkins Rd., Lodi