There aren’t many wineries in California that focus on Spanish varietals. For Louisa Lindquist California’s Mediterranean climate and the distinct grapes of Spain seemed like a perfect match. Her longtime love of Albariño and Tempranillo and the perfect setting of California’s Central Valley has produced Verdad, the winery she runs with her husband, Bob Lindquist (who we profiled earlier this week). Louisa's wines express the true flavors of these old world varietals and the unique California terroir in which they're grown. We asked her what type of music she’d pair with her wines and what she'd eat for her last meal on earth.
James Beard Foundation: What music pairs best with your wines?
Louisa Lindquist: Jazzy, bluesy vocals with Rosé. Albariño lends itself to classical violins and piano. Tempranillo is all about Rock and Roll.
JBF: What is the perfect pairing for a foggy day in golden gate park?
LL: A warm sweater and a lush red wine.
JBF: What would you eat (and drink) for your last meal?
LL: Dungeness crab and avocado; fresh pasta with corn and chanterelles; fine triple crème cheese; and a chocolate soufflé all paired with copious amounts of Taitinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé, Dominique Lafon Meursault, Roda Rioja, Mauro Selectione Especial, Chave Hermitage, and vintage Madiera.
JBF: What should Outside Landers expect from your wines?
LL: Pure flavors and great balance.
Keep reading to learn how Louisa brought Spain to California.