So, what do these wineries all have in common? Value. Even if the name isn't terribly familiar to you yet, it's one to be on the lookout for.
In this series we'll cover some interesting facts about the region and take a closer look at a handful of wines which absolutely merit your attention.
Our first wine is an unusual one. For starters, it's a variety you probably haven't had before...
(Full disclosure: Unless otherwise noted, all wines reviewed in this series were received as press samples)
2011 Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi $14
Vermentino is a virtually unknown variety here in the US, but anyone who has enjoyed a good Vermentino from Sardinia or the Italian mainland knows enough to appreciate it. In its best incarnations its layered complexities can be moving, though it is more commonly an unsophisticated and cloying wine. Uvaggio's version is the first I've seen of this grape grown in the US - and what a debut. Crisp, fresh, and well balanced, there's something for everyone in this extremely well-rounded, elegant white. But it goes beyond crowd pleasing to demonstrate a truth and seriousness of quality that commands attention - and respect. What an unbelievable value.