The Cal Fresco story is one of those that we love to hear. It's about the Ehlers Family's trials and tribulations they endured but never succumbed to. It began in 1921 When Herman Ehlers was working at a Lodi winery as a teenager doing the lowest job on the pole, moving barrels from one part of the winery to another as space was needed.
Herman wasn't destined to be a barrel mover. His curiosity and learning ability enabled him to realize his destiny and become the winemaker a few years later. Unfortunately, it was during Prohibition, so Herman learned the art of making "sacramental" wine. A stunning amount of sacramental wine was made during this time.
Herman's offspring would go on to carry in their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfather's footsteps in creating wine and brandy for Korbel, Paul Masson, and The Guild, three of the most prominent wineries of the time.
In 1980 Walter and his son, Steven, secured and planted 80 acres of grapes to the Tokay, a popular sweet jug wine variety. But, Fetzer came along and told them that if they converted those grapes to Merlot, they would get triple the price. That's all it took.
Today, the Ehlers Family is still celebrating its history by making exceptional wine like our selection. Our Pinot Noir has received numerous accolades for its superb cherry and vanilla components along with spice and mint to tackle anything from grilled salmon with fennel to a black truffle rigatoni.