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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
 
February 4, 2020 | Stuart Spencer

Mohr-Fry Ranch - 2020 Medal Winers

One of the lessons I learned from working with my dad is to do business with people you like. To work with those that are easy to work with and make you better at what you do. This may sound simple, but in reality, you end up having to deal with a lot of people, and some of them can be a real pain-in-the-ass. Both customers and vendors. The key is the relationship, and that is never more apparent than in our 24 years of doing business with Jerry & Bruce Fry. 

When we moved our winery to Lodi in 1996, our own vineyard was dying of phyloxera, and we had no grapes to make wine. My father worked out a deal with the Lodi Winegrape Commission – if a grower brought us 2 tons of grapes, we would make the wine, and give them 25 cases, and keep the balance for ourselves. At this point in time, there were only a handful of Lodi wineries, and very few “Lodi” labeled wines in the market. The vast majority of Lodi grapes were being blended away in big tanks at large wineries, and growers really had no sense how the wine from their vineyards tasted.

Jerry Fry showed up with 7 tons of beautiful Old Vine Zinfandel grapes. My father didn’t know what to do. We didn’t have the money to pay for the grapes, and we had no idea how the wine would turn out. Jerry told him not to worry about it, that we would work it out later. We ended up bottling 450 cases of that first vintage. It won a bunch of awards, sold out quickly, and has since grown to be our most popular wine.

The above story epitomizes our relationship with Mohr-Fry Ranch. To this day, we don’t have a contract, but a relationship sealed with a handshake, and glass of Zinfandel. It’s this type of partnership that helps us succeed, propels Lodi to new heights, and makes business fun. That commitment to quality shown through especially well this year, with a number of big awards for our Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah, Old Vine Zinfandel and Alicante Bouschet!

 

2018 Mohr-Fry Ranch Alicante Bouschet

Best of Class, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

 

2017 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah

Double Gold, Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
Gold, Los Angeles International Wine Competition
93 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition

 

2018 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel

Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2020 at 12:52 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
January 21, 2020 | Stuart Spencer

2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results

Another stong showing from St. Amant wines at the 20th annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and in particular those from the highly-regarded Mohr-Fry Ranches.  The 2020 awards are highlighted by the 2018 Alicante Bouschet, a relative newcomer to the St. Amant tasting lineup, winning Best of Class in only its second vintage with the winery.  A tasting room mainstay, the 2018 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zinfandel captured a Gold medal.  The up-and-coming 2017 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah rounded out the awards with a Gold medal as well, continuing its hot streak in competitions.

Check out this snippet from Mike Dunne's tasting notes on all Best of Class winners:

St. Amant Winery 2018 Lodi Mohr-Fry Ranch Alicante Bouschet: By the richness of its dark fruit, astonishing complexity, well-integrated oak and rejuvenating acidity the St. Amant elevates the historic workhorse Alicante Bouschet to a new level of respect, even nobility. -Mike Dunne

You can find the rest of Mike's notes here.

 

Complete List of Awards

2018 Mohr-Fry Ranch Alicante Bouschet 

2018 Barbera

2017 Bootleg Port

2017 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah

2018 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel

2017 Trousseau

2017 Speakeasy Red Blend

Lot #12 Tawny Port


 

Time Posted: Jan 21, 2020 at 8:53 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
January 9, 2020 | Stuart Spencer

Tasting Room Remodel!

With the new year comes big changes!  We recently started a remodel of our tasting room in order to offer a better, more inclusive tasting experience to our customers.  For those who have not yet seen the progress that has been made, check out some of the shots we have taken throughout the project.

Before:


Initial Demo:


Ceiling Comes Out:


New Wall Goes In:


Temporary Tasting Bar During Construction:


Fresh coat of paint, waiting on lighting:


Stay tuned for more updates!

Time Posted: Jan 9, 2020 at 9:33 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
June 13, 2018 | Stuart Spencer

2018 Wine Competition Results

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BEST OF SHOW-RED, BEST OF REGION-RED, BEST OF CLASS OF APPELLATION DOUBLE GOLD - 99 Pts, 2016 Touriga, Amador
DOUBLE GOLD - 99 Points, 2015 Bootleg Port, Amador
BEST OF CLASS OF APPELLATION, SILVER MEDAL - 93 Points, 2016 Barbera, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 91 Points, 2016 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel, Lodi 
SILVER MEDAL - 91 Points, 2016 Petite Sirah, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 91 Points, 2016 Lloyd Martel Cabernet, Lodi
BEST OF CLASS OF APPELLATION, SILVER MEDAL - 88 Points, 2017 Verdelho, Amador
SILVER MEDAL - 88 Points, 2016 Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 88 Points, 2016 Speakeasy Red, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 88 Points, 2016 Souzao, Amador


BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Barbera, Tools of the Trade, Lodi 2016
BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Souzao, Amador County 2016
BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Touriga, The Old Soldier, Amador County 2016
BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Syrah, The Curmudgeon, Amador County 2016
BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 93 Points Port, Bootleg Port, Amador County 2015
SILVER MEDAL Verdelho, Miss Independent, Amador County 2017
SILVER MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Lloyd Martel Vineyard, Lodi 2016
SILVER MEDAL Zinfandel, Mohr-Fry Ranch,Old Vine, Lodi 2016
SILVER MEDAL Tempranillo, The Road Less Traveled, Amador County 2016
SILVER MEDAL Petite Sirah, Mohr-Fry Ranch, Lodi 2016
SILVER MEDAL Zinfandel, Marian's Vineyard, Old Vine, Lodi 2016


GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Vintage Port, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - Lot #10 Tawny Port, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Bootleg Port, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2015 Barbera, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Souzao, Amador


DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points 2016 Souzão, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points 2016 Tempranillo, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points 2016 Bootleg Port, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points 2017 Verdelho, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points 2016 Lloyd Martel Cabernet, Lodi
GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points 2016 Barbera, Lodi
GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points 2016 Touriga, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points 2016 Mohr-Fry Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Speakeasy Red, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2017Barbera Rosé, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - Lot #10 Tawny Port, Amador
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Petite Sirah, Lodi


 

BEST OF CLASS, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Bootleg Port, Amador
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - Lot #10 Tawny Port, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Syrah, Amador
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Barbera, Lodi
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2015 Speakeasy Red, Lodi
SILVER MEDAL - 2015 Vintage Port, Amador

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2018 at 12:44 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
November 7, 2017 | Stuart Spencer

2017 Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

December 2nd & 3rd

Please join us for our Holiday Open House, December 2-3, 2017 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We will feature several new wines and have some delicious foods to complement the wines including the infamous Lockeford sausages and my sister's decadent Bootleg Brownies. We've also made it an annual tradition to open a few bottles of aged Vintage Ports. These wines, some dating back to the mid 1980's, are a real treat and absolutely delicious.

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
October 9, 2017 | Stuart Spencer

National Zinfandel Day Celebration, November 17th - November 19th!

Join us for our first annual celebration of National Zinfandel Day, November 17th - 19th!

Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), has declared November 18th as National Zinfandel Day, both to celebrate the many styles of Zinfandel produced across America, and to raise awareness of Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards. Zinfandel continues to play an essential role in our winery, and we are excited to announce our first annual celebration of National Zinfandel Day! 

Zinfandel remains once of the most important heritage varieties in American wine history. We are blessed to have access to two of these amazing vineyards. Both the the Mohr-Fry Ranch Home Vineyard (76 years old) and Marian's Vineyard (116 years old) are farmed by the Mohr-Fry family, with an intense dedication to quality, and preservation of these heritage vineyards. 

Unfortunately many heritage vineyards are destroyed each year. In the face of increasing threats to these ancient vineyards we are working to raise awareness of the few remaining old vineyards, and help preserve our rich heritage. Read here about the looming destruction of these ancient vineyards. 

We will feature a vertical tasting of both our Mohr-Fry Zinfandel, and our famous Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel. Join us to taste these wonderful wines, and learn how you can help preserve Lodi's Old Vine Zinfandel.

Time Posted: Oct 9, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
October 9, 2017 | Stuart Spencer

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo, November 10th - November 12th!

Join us, along with thirteen Lodi wineries to celebrate International Tempranillo Day, November 10th through November 12th, and explore the many interesting styles of Tempranillo.

Come to St. Amant and taste our award winning Tempranillo! Our 2015 Tempranillo features the same delicious fruit, French oak, and rich texture that earned our 2014 vintage the award for "Best Red Wine" at the California State Fair. We will also feature a barrel tasting of our 2016 Tempranillo, and a few of our favorite past vintages including a 2007 Tempranillo!

Visit any one of the participating wineries below to collect a complimentary guidebook and begin your exploration of the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo. You will recieve a raffle entry for every winery you visit, and the raffle winner will recieve a case of Lodi Tempranillo, including many reserve and limited release wines.

List of Participating Wineries

Plan your tour here, with our handy Google Map!

  • Bokisch Vineyards 
  • D’Art Wines
  • Dancing Coyote Wines
  • Durst Winery
  • Estate Crush Winery
  • Fields Family Wines
  • Heritage Oak Winery
  • m2 Wines
  • McCay Cellars
  • McConnell Estate Winery
  • Riaza Wines
  • St. Amant Winery
  • Toasted Toad Cellars
Time Posted: Oct 9, 2017 at 12:22 PM
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
Time Posted: Jun 26, 2017 at 9:52 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
October 28, 2016 | Stuart Spencer

2016 Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

December 3-4, 2016

Please join us for our Holiday Open House, December 3-4, 2016 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We will be featuring several new wines and have some delicious foods to complement the wines including the infamous Lockeford sausages and my sister's decadent Bootleg Brownies. We've also made it an annual tradition to open a few bottles of aged Vintage Ports. These wines, some dating back to the mid 1980's, are a real treat and absolutely delicious.

Time Posted: Oct 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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