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.