We were really fortunate to have very good friends visit us for a few days. While they were here, we visited many wineries of interest. We enjoyed dinner at home and shared a Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio with my chicken and potatoes. It was a very good match.
Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio
Clay Station Winery, the producer of the Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio, is part of the Delicato Family Wines (DFW). The Indelicato family has been producing wine from the Clay Station Vineyard since the 1990’s. The vineyard was once the Borden Ranch noted for breeding thoroughbred horses and Hereford cattle. The name Clay Station comes from a historic stagecoach stop located on the ranch that was used during California’s Gold Rush era.
Gasparé Indelicato, who emigrated from Italy to California in the early 1900’s, founded Delciato Family Wines. Growing grapes had been a part of his family’s history for many generations. In 1924, Gasparé planted his first grapes in Manteca, California mainly to sell to other vineyards and individual wine producers.
From the very beginning, with skill and much hard work he produced such great quality grapes that he had more orders than he could fill. In 1935, following the prohibition, and the resulting difficult times, Gasparé made the decision to turn a portion of his grapes into his own wine. It was a very humble beginning.
When they first started, Gasparé and his family took turns hand pressing a portion of their grapes to produce their first vintage. This humble beginning ultimately resulted in establishing a reputation as one of the leading winemakers in America.
The family is devoted to their winemaking heritage. Their strong, sustainable farming practices and stewardship of the land has helped to create natural habitats that had not existed before. The long list of wildlife that can be found in these created habitats ranging from wild boar and deer to a variety of birds and fish. With this and the legacy of quality, the Indelicato family winemaking practices continue today as the current generation leads the way to bigger and better things.
The Delicato Family Winery currently has or are partners with, over 14 different labels. Their holdings are some of the most diverse and desired vineyards in California. The DFW vineyards range from San Bernabe Vineyard in the Monterey wine region to Clay Station located in Lodi.
This is what the winemaker has to say about their Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio:
“Boldly expressed floral aromas of gardenia and jasmine balanced with fresh aromas of crushed ginger and lemon-lime. The palate exhibits tart, bright flavors of ripe nectarine, orange and tangerine with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing, zesty and crisp on the finish and pairs perfectly with salads, freshly prepared seafood, and light pasta dishes.”
You can find Clay Station Winery wines on their website, wine.com, Sprouts Market, CostPlus World Market and occasionally at bevmo.com and many more wine outlets. The good news is you can call the winery, and they will help you locate where to purchase it or they will ship a selection to you. The price is good enough to buy a case.
This Clay Station Winery Pinot Grigio was very refreshing and very much enhanced our meal. Our guests liked it so much they wanted to know where they could find it. As luck would have it, they would be passing the winery on their way home. How lucky was that?
Time for a glass…