Bottoms Up

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The butterscotch grape

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, November 9th, 2006 at 10:29 am in Uncategorized.

So I talked to Don Litchfield, the winemaker at Olde Lockeford Winery, about the mysterious butterscotch grape. He doesn’t know the name, but he’s got a cool story about it. He knows an 80-year-old, fifth-generation grower who found this particular vine growing along a river and up an oak tree in Lockeford. He tasted one of the white grapes and it was pure butterscotch. So he grafted it onto Reisling and sold it to Don. Don aged the wine in toasty American oak barrels and added a yeast that enhances that butterscotchy flavor. Hence, Wild CA Butterscotch Wine. It’s only $12, off-dry and light-bodied. I highly recommend it. Call them at 209-727-9770. Meanwhile, I’ve got a phone call in to retired geneticist Carole Meredith about the grape.

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  • Michael J. Mello

    Dear Ms. Yadegaran,

    I’m wondering if you can help me find more of the Olde Lockeford Winery Butterscotch Wine. I bought several bottles of the wine back in 2006 or 2007 and was wondering if it’s still available anywhere. It was a wonderful, not-too-sweet dessert wine, especially good along with a butterscotch-flavored dessert!

    Thank you very much.
    Michael J. Mello

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Unfortunately, if you’re unable to locate some then so am I – it’s a great wine so I hope you enjoyed the bottles you had!