Forget “Dances with Wolves” and “Dancing with the Stars,” wine lovers will be more impressed by a small winery I’ve recently discovered named Dancing Coyote.
Here are three reasons why:
- It is a real family winery focusing on great value, not on getting big scores for over-ripe, over-worked, and over-priced wines.
- This winery is exploring non-mainstream wines such as Albarino, Gruner Veltliner, Verdelho, and one I bet nobody has ever heard of, Loureiro, It also makes a fabulous Tempranillo and Rose of Pinot Noir.
- And the quality is high with all wines showcasing the variety in a balanced, polished style. Even the Petite Sirah shows great restraint.
Dancing Coyote makes my new go-to summer white, the Albarino, from vineyards in the Delta region and its winery is based in Lodi.
Yes, you heard right. Lodi, best known for full-throttle old vine Zins and massive Cabs and Petite Sirahs.
Albarino, the pride of Spain that does not get nearly as much attention in California as it deserves. Does anyone else make a Gruner Veltliner, the main white of Austria?
Dancing Coyote, the winery that dares to be different, is actually located in Acampo with its tasting room in nearby Lodi. It produces most of its wines from the McCormack family farmed vineyards In the Clarksburg-Delta wine region.
It also reaches out to locate Tempranillo grapes from Lodi. And the Dancing Coyote Tempranillo will have you dancing in the streets it is so right on the mark for varietal character. With no sign of oak barrels or oak chips to blur its focus.
The winery facility is known as McCormack Williamson Cellars and they do have a wine club for online sales.
And, did I mention the family produces wines in cans?
As for prices, all of these wines retail for less than $15. I’ve found the whites for as low as $7.99. But I refuse to identify that source because the summer has several more weeks to go.
But here’s the good news for those with no plans to visit Lodi soon: the winery has a wine club: www.dancingcoyotewines.com
I suggest the 4-bottle sample package for $45 for starters.
The back label explains the dancing coyote name.
Also, the wines are available at the independent online site:
www.cawineclub.com So you can include a bottle or two in your cart if you shop there.