Wine lovers swished down free samples from an award winning grower Friday after crowding into a 109 wine shop.
Randall Lange, an owner of Langetwins Winery and Vineyards from Lodi, California, showed up with family members at Put a Cork in it, 2972 Park Hill Drive, to talk about and drink his wine.
“I’m a farmer. I don’t claim to be a winemaker or anything like that,” he said. “I have a brother. We’re identical twins. We’ve been together all our lives.”
Lange talked about how he and his twin raised their children together and partnered in the wine making business in 2006. Lange also talked about their involvement in the sustainable movement, which they see as a way to preserve the winery and their family’s way of life for generations.
“I really call it looking back to the future, looking at the way my grandfather farmed and ways of doing it naturally,” he said. “We’re a farm family based in Lodi since 1870.”
The brothers see winemaking as a way they can add value to the family, Lange said.
“So that my children and their children could still have the ability to farm,” he said. “That’s what this is going to do for us.”
Chris Chilton, spokesperson for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas located near the 109 on University Drive, wrote in an email that Langetwins won BRIT’s 2014 sustainable winegrowing competition. The wine tasting event, he wrote, was helping celebrate the occasion.
Put a Cork in it owner Chris Keel said the shop, which opened in 2006, has stocked Langetwins wine for several years. Its Facebook page announced that the store would feature the label’s Sangiovese Rose, Reserve Chard, Midnight Reserve, Reserve Cab, Reserve Merlot and Centennial Zinfandel at the winetasting event.
“One of our nice things we have is free wine tasting every Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Keel said.
Lange said it’s difficult for him to pick a single favorite wine.
”I choose my wines after I choose what I’m going to eat,” he said, "and that becomes my favorite wine for the night.”
As for Keel, he said he tries about 5,000 wines per year, but that number may climb to 6,000 this year.