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Welcome to the St.Amant blog and news page. Here you will find the latest news, event activites, and other useful information to better enjoy St.Amant wines.

Stuart Spencer
 
June 26, 2017 | Stuart Spencer

Another Award Winning Year for St. Amant!

American Fine Wine Invitational

  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Double Gold
  • 2015 Barbera—Gold
  • 2015 Barbera Rosé—Gold
  • 2014 Bootleg Port—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel—Silver

OC Fair Wine Competition

  • 2015 Barbera—Gold
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Gold
  • 2015 Syrah—Gold
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Gold
  • 2015 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Silver
  • 2015 Touriga—Silver
  • 2016 Verdelho—Silver
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Bronze

LA International Wine Competition

  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Gold, Best of Class
  • 2016 Verdelho—Gold
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Gold
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Gold
  • 2015 Touriga—Gold
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver
  • 2015 Llloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Silver
  • 2015 Syrah—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel—Silver

SF Chronicle Wine Competition

  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Double Gold, Best of Class
  • 2015 Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel—Gold
  • 2014 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Silver
  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Silver
  • 2014 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver

CA State Fair Wine Competition

  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel—Gold
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver, Best of Class of Region
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Touriga—Silver
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Silver
  • 2015 Syrah—Silver
  • 2015 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2016 Verdelho—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Bronze
  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Bronze
Stuart Spencer
 
July 18, 2016 | Stuart Spencer

2016 Wine Awards

St.Amant 2016 Awards

California State Fair

2014 Tempranillo: Double Gold Medal, Best of Show Red

2014 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Silver Medal

2014 Souzão: Silver Medal

2014 Syrah: Silver Medal

2014 Touriga: Silver Medal

2015 Verdelho: Silver Medal

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

 

Orange County Fair

2015 Verdelho: Four Star Gold Medal

2014 Souzão: Gold Medal

2014 Touriga: Gold Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Gold Medal

2014 Barbera: Silver Medal

2014 Syrah: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Bronze Medal

 

LA International Wine Competition

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Gold Medal

2014 Souzão: Gold Medal

2014 Syrah: Gold Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Tempranillo: Silver Medal

2014 Touriga: Silver Medal

2015 Verdelho: Silver Medal

2014 Barbera: Bronze Medal

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2014 Barbera: Gold Medal

2013 Tempranillo: Gold Medal

2013 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Verdelho: Silver Medal

Lot #8 Tawny Port: Silver Medal

2013 Bootleg Port: Bronze Medal

Time Posted: Jul 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
February 5, 2015 | Stuart Spencer

St.Amant Scores at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

St.Amant won a trio of Gold Medals at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition held in early January. Below are the award winning wines.

2013 Verdelho - Gold Medal
2013 Barbera - Gold Medal
2012 Tempranillo - Gold Medal
2012 Vintage Port - Silver Medal
2012 Bootleg Port - Silver Medal
2013 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinandel

St.Amant has also been blessed with some good recent press.

Cliff Brown's Wine Picks recently reviewed our 2012 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel and recognized it as his "Wine of the Week" giving it a score of 91 points. Cliff's Review -
"The wine is a ruby to garnet color.  The enticing nose has brambly berries, warm baking spices, dusty minerals, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, dried flowers and a touch of subtle earthiness.  This has a fairly full body with soft to moderate tannins and good acidity.  The spicy, brambly berries coat the palate on the front end with dusty minerals, black pepper and dark chocolate coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a nice floral note and subtle earthiness joining the berries and spice.  This is a very easy wine to enjoy now and over the next couple of years.  (91 pts)"

Alder Yarrow writing for Jancis Robinson's website recently wrote a very complimentary article on our Lodi Native Zinfandel project that we are involved in. He called the Lodi Native project, "One of the most exciting things to happen to California wine in years."

He also reviewed our 2012 Marian's Vineyard Lodi Native Zinfandel
"Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of candied cherries, candied plum, and cola. In the mouth, cherry cola, candied plum, and wonderfully juicy strawberry flavours have a faint and charming sweetness to them, while suede-like tannins add grip to the palate. Quite juicy thanks to excellent acidity. Delicious. 17.5"

Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points - 2012 Marian's Vineyard's Lodi Native Old Vine Zinfandel
Not a fruit bomb, it’s suave and complex. Aged in neutral oak, this limited-production wine shows baking spices in aroma, a smooth, lush texture and good concentration. Plum and blackberry flavors are layered, sophisticated and linger on the finish. It’s full-bodied, but has enough tannin and acidity to balance out the richness."

Time Posted: Feb 5, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
November 12, 2014 | Stuart Spencer

2014 Marian's Vineyard Harvest & Crush

Thanks goes out to Randy Caparoso, Lodi Winegrape Commission blogger for putting together the two video pieces about on our 2014 Marian's Vineyard Harvest & Crush.

Time Posted: Nov 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
June 27, 2014 | Stuart Spencer

The Bootleg Society - The Story behind the Poster

One sure way to guarantee something gets done is to make it illegal.  Such was the case during Prohibition, that ill-conceived period in our country’s history, where our government outlawed the commercial production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages.  As is often the case, the unintended consequences led to widespread flaunting of the law as bootlegging, rum running, and speakeasies flourished.  Alcohol poured in from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  Lodi even went through a period of vineyard expansion as hundreds of rail cars left for east coast markets loaded with crates of grapes packed with instructions on “how not to make wine.”

Speakeasies replaced saloons, and provided well-to-do Americans with clandestine drinking establishments.  These bars were hidden from public site, often behind secret doors and passages, and many required patrons to utter passwords to gain entrance.

Our longtime customers are all probably well aware of our beginnings in the wine business as my father bootlegged our 1981 Vintage Port out of a less-than-reputable winery that refused to pay us for our grapes.  That began our adventure in the wine business, but the similarities to Prohibition run far deeper than our bootlegging past.

For many years, my father operated what could best be described as a modern day Speakeasy. There were no signs directing patrons to our entrance, guests often circled the building looking for the front door, and if they happened to make it that far, they were often greeted with a brusk, “Did you call for an appointment?”  That phrase was more than just a question – it was a test, and if you passed, you gained admittance to the St.Amant Speakeasy. You were told the call sign - that if the blue pickup was parked out front, St.Amant was open.

Clearly my father never attended the Disney school of customer service, but it worked for him, and many customers came to love his direct style.  But at the end of the day, he always let the wines speak for themselves, and more often than not, they spoke well.

The Bootleg Society Poster

So when we decided to create our wine club, it seemed fitting to name it the Bootleg Society, a name that reflected not only our beginnings in the business, but the spirit of the brand and our against-the-grain approach to wine. We also wanted to create a piece of art that helped identify and give our club its own personality. I turned to my good friend and artist Vince McIndoe.  I had come to know Vince through Zinfest – I had worked with him to create the iconic posters that helped define and promote Lodi’s premier wine event. We had become good friends and I knew he could create the perfect poster for our wine club.

The poster has been a hit! We even created a new wine, our Speakeasy Red that features the poster art on the label.  It’s been a very fun project and we look forward to creating more prohibition themed events, wines and experiences for our loyal club members.

We hope you enjoy!

Stuart Spencer

Time Posted: Jun 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM