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During our Snooth trip to Lodi, a major theme stressed was the large diversity of grape varieties grown in the AVA. Over 100 in fact. But this number results primarily from the unique endeavor of one family, the Koths and Mokelumne Glen Vineyard. This vineyard is located on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA right alongside the river and is planted with more than 50 German and Austrian grapes. It’s hard to imagine that there are even that many such grape varieties, but the Koths found them. Their entire portfolio is listed below but we will be focusing on a few grapes: Kerner, Bacchus, Dornfelder, Blaufränkisch, and Zweigelt.
It all started in the early 1990s when Bob Koth and his wife Mary Lou started traveling to Germany to visit their daughter Ann-Marie, who was studying abroad on a Fulbright scholarship. After becoming acquainted with German …