Twisted Roots Celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2018


 
Art and Culture Tasting Room Renovation Completed, Expanded Hours, Music Series Announced and More! Salinas, CA, May 22, 2018 - The Schmiedt family vineyard, was first planted with wine grapes in the rich soil of Lodi in 1918. But it took the family 87 years to decide to use those grapes to make their own wines in addition to selling the grapes to winemakers around the state. That was 2005, when Twisted Roots Vineyards was born and Ross Schmiedt produced a Petite Sirah because of an overabundance of the grape. In 2009, production was expanded to include other varietals on the estate, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel.

The winemaking operation was moved from an old farmhouse to their partners at Estate Crush in Lodi, a dedicated custom crush facility for premium wine production that continues to produce Twisted Roots wines from grapes grown at the Schmiedt Vineyards. In 2010, Josh Ruiz partnered with Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt to create Twisted Roots Wine LLC. Schmiedt passed away in March of 2014 and his place in the partnership was filled by his wife Susan Schmiedt. Twisted Roots raised a few eyebrows when it opened a tasting room in Carmel Valley in 2013. “At first, some of the other winemakers were leery about having a Lodi winery here,” Ruiz told Carmel magazine,“ but they’ve accepted us.” New Ownership In January of 2016, Ruiz and his wife Julie, who is Schmiedt's niece and Hodge's daughter, bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Ruizes brought on board a few college friends to help expand the business. “My wife Julie and I bought the family business in January and in June we brought in three of our college friends, who live in different locations in the state, to help us grow the business,” said Ruiz. “I knew that with a full-time job in the Salinas Valley Produce business, I needed help. These are all trusted friends, who have become like family, and it's all about growing the business. I can't do it myself.” Ruiz, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with both a bachelor's and master's degree in Agribusiness, asked his college friends Andy Gulley of Fresno, Matt Brem of Salinas and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles (and Andy and Matt's wives, both named Laura), to join Twisted Roots. Ruiz said the three new partners' skill sets would be invaluable in reaching the company's goals. Gulley is an agricultural pest control advisor, Brem owns Produce West, a Salinas produce brokerage, and Amarante is an agricultural lender. Also joining Twisted Roots as a partner is Matt and Whitney Pridey, who are currently managing Twisted Roots' wine club, events, and general business development. Whitney is also the sister of new partner Matt Brem. Grapes Planted in 1918 According to Ruiz, the founders of the vineyards, planted grapes on their new property in 1918 because their neighbors were growing grapes. The original Schmiedt vineyard was planted to over 100 acres in what is known as the Dairy Vineyard, and later expanded to include the CLR Vineyards, named after the three sons, Carl, Leland and Ross, of Gust and Dorothy Schmiedt (The original visionaries). The eventual name was conceived by Ross, who came across a tangle of old rootstock and mused, “Twisted Roots would make a good name for the vineyards and winery,” and it stuck. The appellation in a general sense is Lodi, but the specific appellation is the “Mokelumne River”, which Ruiz believes makes the grapes and wines produced completely different from the rest of the Lodi AVA’s.

The corner stone of the Mokelumne River AVA is the river itself, which help to keep the Schmiedt vineyard temps just a bit cooler, in the hot Lodi summer days. Ruiz said 2017 has been the winery's biggest year yet, producing 1,000 cases of four varietals, including its signature “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel, created from vines planted in 1918. The other three varietals are the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Petite Sirah and the 2015 Chardonnay. He said Twisted Roots is looking at a “steady growth” of 10 to 20 percent per year, with the new partners on board to reach those goals. “It's still a family operation with roots in Lodi,” says Ruiz. “They really are my family, that's why they're partnering with me. We're bringing it all into the Twisted Roots family.” Tasting Room Renovation: “When developing the design concept for Twisted Roots, it was important for us to deliver a comfortable space where guests feel at home to not just taste wine, but to grab a glass of wine, or two, and relax for a while. Craft Design-Build partnered with several local artisans to deliver custom solutions using elements that represent our unique Central Coast Vibe (Santa Cruz redwood, leather, seagrass, stone, hot rolled steel and glass). “Our goal was to design a space that was visually appealing, but not overwhelming. The monochromatic colors and textures offer subtle interest without taking away from your wine-tasting experience. “A highlight of the space is the 1918 room, honoring Twisted Roots 100-year-old vines. As you slide open the custom steel barn door, you will enter a space with two sophisticated chandeliers hovering above a rustic 10-foot long farmhouse table . This space was created to host many different types of events from intimate tastings, to dinner parties, to viewing sporting events. “It was a true honor to work with the Twisted Roots team to make their dream a reality.” — Jon and Meryl DeYoung Rasmussen, Craft Design-Build Inc. Craft Design-Build is a full-service design/build firm specializing in both commercial and residential construction throughout Monterey County. High Resolution Photos Available For Download To view the gallery click on this link, http://www.richardgreenphotography.com/Chatterbox-Public-Relations/Twisted-Roots-Interior-Shots-4-8-18/, enter password, chatter, lowercase. 100th Anniversary Celebration In 2018, Twisted Roots plans to celebrate 100 years since the vines were planted in Lodi. The festivities will include special events, wine deals, and wine club giveaways, culminating in a glitzy, black-tie, 1920s-style Hollywood party at their tasting room in Carmel Valley, which use to be the Lyons Head Art Gallery, next to Café Rustica. Save the Date for: Twisted Roots Announces Its Summer Concert Series at its newly renovated Tasting Room from June – August 2018! June-Concert -June 10, 4-6PM -No food, Guests can bring snacks -$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS -Music: Wild Turkeys (https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Turkeys-166319330279/) July-Concert -July 8, 4-6 -No food, Guests can bring snacks -$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS -Music- Rise Up (http://riseupreggae.com) August-Concert -August 12, 4-6PM -No food, Guests can bring snacks -$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS Taylor Rae (http://www.taylorraemusic.com)- Twisted Roots will be the wine partner for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Local’s Wine Night Out at the Hofsas House September 21st. Celebrate National Pumpkin Day on the Twisted Roots Patio. Paint a pumpkin, sip Twisted Roots Wine and support Animal Friends Rescue Project October 24th. Don’t miss out on Twisted Roots Special 100-year Anniversary Winemakers Dinner exclusively at the Whaling Station Restaurant in Monterey November 8th. Twisted Roots will at the Hofsas House Hotel Annual Gingerbread House Fundraiser supporting the Carmel Library Foundation December 8th. Build a house for a cause while sipping bubbles from Twisted Roots. Contact: Marci Bracco Cain Chatterbox PR Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 747-7455 http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com

The Secret of a Healthy Heart


 
Health,Fitness,Food & Beverages From the time when the fruits of fermentation were discovered, wine has been a welcome guest. Not only at dinner tables, but also at weddings, religious rituals and even in doctors' offices. Not so long ago, however, scientists began to investigate the actual health benefits of drinking wine. And the findings they've uncorked are enough to make any wine lover raise his glass and say “Salut!” When sipped in moderation, particularly red wine, can help lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries and heart disease. Also, studies discovered that it can kill the bacteria that cause food poisoning and travelers' diarrhea. Obviously, experts don't recommend that people start guzzling wine rather than sipping it or that people who don't drink should suddenly start. Rather, what the evidence suggest is that moderate drinking can be a helpful addition to a healthy diet. For many years, scientists were amazed that their French allies indulged themselves in cigarettes, buttery croissants, and fatty pates – and were still 2 1/2 times less likely to develop heart disease than their supposedly healthier American counterparts. Researchers are still investigating the so called French paradox, but it appears likely that the French have healthier hearts, at least partly because of their preference for red wine. These wines are rich in compounds that help lower cholesterol and prevent harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from sticking to the lining of artery walls – the process that leads to heart disease.

Red wines also help blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. Heart Protection Red wine keeps your pump primed in complex ways. There are several chemical compounds at work, and some of them have more than one benefit. As a start, the alcohol in red wine may be beneficial. People who drink small amounts of alcohol seems to have increased protection from heart disease, studies proves. According to research, the reason is that ethanol, or alcohol, in spirited drinks raises levels of good cholesterol , heart-protecting high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Beer and other alcoholic drinks have some benefits, but wine is the only one with health-promoting polyphenols. The reason for its superior protection is that wine contains powerful flavonoids, like quercetin. Along with other potentially protective compounds, like resveratrol, , it helps prevent the body's dangerous LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. This, in turn, makes bad LDL cholesterol less likely to stick to artery walls. Laboratory studies have shown that resveratrol slows down aging in mice, protect against weight gain, and boost endurance by improving the functioning of mitochondria – which are tiny power plants inside every cell of your body. “Flavonoids in red wine are more powerful than vitamin E, which everyone knows is an important antioxidant,” says John D Folts, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the coronary thrombosis Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. Keeping LDL cholesterol under control is a good start against heat disease, besides helping to prevent platelets in blood from sticking together. A study led by professor Folts and his colleagues found that when reed wine was given to laboratory animals, it eliminated potentially dangerous clots, which can cause heart attacks and stroke. “Red wine performs double duty, giving you two important benefits at the same time,” says Dr. Folts. It's in the color When we talk about the healing power of wine for a healthy heart, we are referring to red wine. A laboratory study at the University of California, Davis, revealed that red wines could prevent from 46% to 100% of LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, while white wines were less protective.

In addition, laboratory studies found that white wine miss the blood clot-blocking ability. The reason why red wine is so much superior to white has to do with wine making. When vintners make wine, they throw everything in the vat - not just grapes but also the skins, seeds and stems.They're all mashed up to create a chunky mixture called must, and this contains the healthy flavonoids. "The longer the must ferments in the alcohol, the more of these compounds release into the wine, according to Dr Folts. With white wine, the must is taken out early so that the wine never darkens. With red wine, the must is kept in a long time, and the wine picks up a lot of flovonoids." UC Davis researchers have found that some red wines are also rich in saponins, which lower heart disease risk by binding to cholesterol and preventing their absorption. Saponins may also cool body wide inflammation, which could also lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Red wines contain 3 to 10 times more saponins than whites. The ricchest source is red Zinfandel, followed by Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Savignon. The two white varieties,Savignon Blanc and Shardonnay contains less. The saponin may come from the waxy grape skins and seems to dissolve into the wine during fermentation. Wines with the highest alcohol content also has the most saponin. Wine may also maintain a healthy weight. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic followed drinking behavior and weight in 8,200 men ad women. They found that those who enjoyed one or two alcoholic beverages a day were 54% less likely to be obese than non drinkers. Non drinkers and ex drinkers had twice as much change of becoming obese. People who have a glass of wine or beer every day usually have it with there evening meal, and it could be that a drink replaces a later, high-calory evening snack. However, four or more glasses per day doesn't make you super slim but gives you 50% more change of becoming obese. Wine protect against infection Scientists from Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu tested red wine, white wine and bismouth found that they subsalicylate against some of the meanest intestinal germs, including shigella, salmonella and Escherichia coli, and that both red and white wines were more effective than drugs for wiping out harmful bacteria. Headaches For some people with a tendensy toward migraine headaches, even a small glass of wine can cause a lot of headache. Red wine contains substances called amines, which cause blood vessels in the brain to constrict and then expand. For sensitive people this can result in eye-popping headaches. Although white wine contains fewer headache producing amines than the red varieties,it doesn't contain as many healing compounds.either. So if headaches are a problem for you,you may want to ask your doctor if a nonalcoholic wine will allow you to enjoy the great tastes without the pain. Know your limit The most important tip for getting the maximum health benefits from your wine cellar is knowing when to put your glass down. The daily limit is one 5-ounce glass a day for women and two 5-ounce glasses for men. Experts agree, however, that if you are tempted to overindulging, or if you have a personal or family history of alcoholism, you're better off skipping a alcohol entirely. Go for the Gusto When you are scanning the shelves for the wine with the highest levels of heart-healthy compounds, go for the full-bodied, robust varieties. There is a close relationship between the level of tannin, the substance that makes wine dry, and the level of healing compounds in red wines. Three of the most heart-healthy wines are Cabernet Savignon, Petite Sirah,and Merlot.

Help! I Don’t Understand Wines But I Want To!

Wine is an alcoholic beverage that is popular all over the world. Because it is made from fermented grapes, there are literally all kinds of combinations of wine you can enjoy. If you love all the different types of wine, read the below article for some tips on maximizing your enjoyment of it.

The best way to enjoy wine is responsibly. Know your limits and ensure that you don't overdo it, especially when with guests. While some wine with lunch or dinner is always in good taste, becoming sloppy afterwards due to drunkenness is not. Enjoyed in moderation, wine will be your friend for life.

When looking for a great bottle of wine, do not instantly go for the most expensive wines in the store. While the cost of a bottle is one indicator of the flavor and quality, there are also many others. Take the time to try a few inexpensive brands, and they just might surprise you!

A nice Pinot Noir is a wonderful wine to use when having a dinner party. This wine pairs very easily with a variety of foods and side dishes, and it is not too bold or sweet. This is also a type of wine that many people are familiar with, meaning your guests are more likely to enjoy it.

Expensive wines should not be your exclusive choice. If you are really looking to find new wines that meet your tastes you should experiment with wines from all price points and ratings. Sticking with expensive wines is a waste of money and could prevent you from finding the perfect wine for you.

As was already stated in the introduction, wine is an extremely popular alcoholic beverage. Millions of people enjoy this beverage every single day. If you need to unwind from your hectic day, enjoy a glass of wine. Utilize the tips provided in the above article in order to make the most out of this glass.

Beginners Guide To Selecting A Great Wine

Most people think that you have to be very sophisticated and worldly in order to truly enjoy wines. While that may be somewhat true in a few cases, people of all backgrounds can enjoy wine as long as they have the right direction. Keep reading for great tips for beginning wine connoisseurs.

Make a habit of trying new wines as often as you can. You will have the best chances of finding a wine that suits your tastes if you take the time to experiment with them. Everyone has different tastes, so just because a wine is said to be excellent does not mean that you will enjoy it, so get out there and try them.

Avoid buying trendy wines. You may hear a lot of buzz about a new wine; however, this does not make it right for you. Just because a celebrity is seen drinking a wine, this does not make it noteworthy. The real truth is in researching the wine itself and knowing if it suits your palate.

If you are having oysters or seafood, stick to white wine. White wine is lighter and has a higher acidity level, so it is best to have this when you are eating lighter foods. Seafood is a perfect combination with white wine, and will help to maximize the sensation that you get.

Find someone else who enjoys wine. It could be an employee at a store you go to often or an online blogger or critic whose opinion you respect. This individual can help you figure out what to try next, particularly if you are stuck in the rut of simply drinking the same thing over and over again.

With the tips above, you can be a wine expert in no time. While you may not be the most skilled wine drinker out there, you will be able to join the pros in wine conversations. Drinking wine is not just a pastime, it is something that should be taken seriously.

The Best Way To Choose A Wine

A lot of people drink wine, but don't know a lot about wine. Don't let that be you. With just a little information, you can be a true wine connoisseur. The following tips are here for that purpose, and can help you know a bit more about the drink you enjoy.

Keep in mind that the color of the wine is not always the same as color of the grapes that are used to make it. The color results from the process of wine making and it is the skin of the grape used in the process that gives an individual wine its final color.

Purchase your inexpensive wines from a warmer climate. While there is no one rule for buying wines, in general, those from warmer climates have the most flavor and appeal. Consider France, California and regions in Australia when making your selection. This is a great way to make a quick choice in the grocery store and come home with a bottle that your guests are likely to enjoy.

Not every white wine must be chilled before serving. They are not the same and have different serving requirements. White wine is good while cold, while other wines maximize their taste when warm.

It will be a lot easier to talk about wine with other connoisseurs if you master their vocabulary. There are specific words used to describe flavors and colors. You also need to familiarize yourself with different regions and wineries. Have an expert explain these terms to you and present you with a selection of wines to illustrate different examples.

No one can be a conoisseur overnight, but now that you have these tips you are that much closer to being a wine pro. Just use the tips in your everyday life to help you think of wine in a new way. You will be sure to be rewarded; enjoy!

Making The Most Out Of Your Wine Purchase

The love of wine is universal, enjoyed in homes and restaurants across the globe. Wine has been enjoyed for thousands of years. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before having your next drink. The following piece will provide you with advice to enhance your wine experience.

Keep in mind that an expensive wine is not necessarily good. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to wine and you should not force yourself to drink expensive wines to appear sophisticated. There are plenty of delicious wines you can find at an affordable price. Try different varieties until you find something you really enjoy instead of judging wines in function of their prices.

Store your wine in the right way if you wish to preserve its flavor. Extreme temperatures can ruin the flavor of just about any wine. Try to keep wine at around 50 degrees as a rule of thumb. You may use a cool basement or a wine refrigerator.

A great tip if you're interested in buying wine is not to get too carried away with buying a lot of wine that you currently like. Tastes change all the time, and you might regret packing your wine cellar with a bunch of wine that you happen to like right now.

Don't be scared of labels containing sulfite warnings. All wine contains sulfite. However, American wines put warnings on their labels. Although some people are allergic to sulfites, if you have had wine with no reaction before, you are not one of those unlucky souls.

Wine is something that is universal, as a lot of people have passion for it. Perhaps you are among this number. First, you should educate yourself on all that wine has to offer. This article gave you that information, and now you're ready to use it.

Where Did You Get Your Wine? How To Find A Good Wine Selection

Wine is an amazing beverage that people around the world enjoy. Be it Italy with their fabulous vintages or France with their fruity blends, few countries don't enjoy wine from time to time. Want to know more about enjoying wine? Read below to learn as much as you can quickly.

Your gut will tell you which wine to buy. For instance, should you have a friend who swears by a particular wine, you may not enjoy that type of wine. Don't head out to buy it based only on their suggestion. The only result is you spending money on something that you already knew you would probably not enjoy.

All wines do not taste good while at the same temperature. White wines are better when they are cold, while red wines should be a little below room temperature. Drinking them at the wrong temperature can change the way they are supposed to take, which may change your overall opinion.

Keep a wine journal. Write down the names of wines that you taste and what you think of them. Over time, this will develop into a great resource for you. It is also nice to look back and see where you came from and what direction you are headed in when it comes to your wine preferences.

If you tend to get headaches right after drinking wine, you should try a different kind of wine. For instance, some people only get headaches from red wines. If the headaches persist, you should go to your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to keep drinking wine.

This quick education in wine should have enlightened you greatly. Only experts have provided their input in this article, so you can trust what you've read here. Take this new-found knowledge and turn it into confidence as you trek out to buy a bottle for yourself, a friend or another event.

Go Grape: Wine Tips For Better Drinking Experiences

Drinking wine is something people enjoy doing for many different reasons and occasions. But, to truly get the most out of wine, you need to do your research. In the following piece, you will be given advice to help ensure you know everything about wine, thus, improving your experience with it.

Make sure that you drink at least one glass of wine a day with one of the meals that you have. Wine is great in helping with your heart, especially red wine. Do not drink too much though, as excess wine can cause you to feel groggy and can hurt your health.

If you are new to wine tasting, you should know that true connoisseurs actually spit the wine after tasting it. Spitting the wine is the best way to avoid overpowering your taste buds so you can keep tasting other wines. Take a small sip of wine, wait a few seconds to feel all its different flavors and spit it.

Buy only one bottle of each wine. If you find that you like a particular wine a great deal it can be very tempting to want to buy a lot of it at once to save money, but this is often a bad idea. Instead, buy only one to ensure that you do not fill your cellar with one type.

Leftover wine should not be saved for any more than four days. When wine comes in contact with oxygen, it starts to break down. This greatly effects the taste and balance. It is best to use any wine you have leftover for cooking instead of drinking it as it is.

As the beginning of this piece discussed, people like to drink wine for a number of reasons. To really enjoy wine though, you need to be sure you have conducted research about it. If you use the advice this piece discussed, the next glass of wine you drink will be the best you have ever had.

How To Find A Great Wine At A Great Price

It is hard to overstate the delight offered by just the perfect bottle of wine. Understanding the subject thoroughly is perhaps the best way to optimize your wine drinking experience and help your friends and family do the same. Continue reading below to get some terrific information on wine that is sure to improve your level of enjoyment.

Do not buy large quantities of a wine you like. Your preferences will change quickly as you discover new wines and you might regret spending your money on a wine you will eventually come to consider as average. Purchase small quantities and keep trying new wines to expand your horizons.

If you drink wine for its health benefits you should stick with red wines. Red wines are full of antioxidants and are believed to promote optimal heart health when you drink it in moderation, ideally one glass a day. Other wines may have the same benefit in varying degrees, but red wine is definitely the best choice.

Take a blind taste test of a few wines. Judge them on flavor, scent and boldness. Ignore the most sought after qualities like price or the winery's region. Tasting blindly is a great way to get your honest opinion on the wine itself, without getting tricked by the hype that sometimes goes into certain varieties.

If you are new to the world of wine, consider attending a wine festival. Festivals are a wonderful way to meet other people with an interest in wines and try several varieties without breaking the bank. You can also get some great ideas about pairing wines with foods. The fun and festive atmosphere also provides for a great date night out.

Nothing really compares to the experience of drinking just the right bottle of wine to complement a meal or just as a stand-alone beverage. Having some in-dept knowledge of wine really is critical to enhanced enjoyment of wine on a regular basis. With any luck, you have found the article above very useful indeed.

Wine Tips To Make Better Wine Decisions

When it comes to choosing wine for yourself or for loved ones, it can be a but difficult, especially if you don't know much about wine to begin with. Luckily, the following article will serve as a great guideline about selecting the right wine. Read on and learn everything you need to about choosing the perfect bottle of wine.

A lot of wines have foreign names. It is best to familiarize yourself with the pronunciation of these names before you talk with experts about your wine tasting experiences. A wine expert will quickly label you as a novice if you are not familiar with the correct pronunciation of certain names.

Windex is excellent for removing wine stains. Believe it or not, Windex can eliminate wine stains faster and better than merely soap and water. Be certain to use the trick immediately, because a delay will reduce its effectiveness.

When buying wine as a gift, consider pairing it with food of some sort. A nice basket containing some chocolate and wine or fine cheese and wine makes a wonderful gift. It gives the recipient some meal ideas, and can provide for a wonderful atmosphere at a festive event.

You can easily make a mulled wine with only a few ingredients. You will need a bottle of red wine such as Merlot, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon, a peeled and sliced orange, a quality brandy, honey or sugar and a few spices including whole cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Combine your ingredients into a slow cooker. Then, heat for 30 minutes and enjoy!

As was mentioned in the beginning of this article, selecting a nice bottle of wine can be daunting if you are new to the wold of wine. Make sure to implement the information you've just read before your next trip to the grocery store so that you make the best decision possible. And always remember to drink responsibly!