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USB Port-style wine is made near Lodi

Lodi winery in Martha Stewart Living magazine

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 12:14 pm

The folks at Peltier Station winery in Acampo, a stone’s throw from Lodi, are joyful over a gift-suggestion item in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. The text reads, “This accessible port-style dessert wine (USB, $25) comes from a third-generation family vineyard in central California, Peltier Station.”

“This is a huge opportunity for our winery,” said sales representative Tina Rogers. “It’s always exciting when a Lodi winery gets recognized, and we hope it brings recognition to the Lodi region.”

The tasty USB is a blend of zinfandel, teroldego and barbera grapes, and is a big seller among those in the tech industry. Why? Well, since the term “port” cannot appear on a wine unless it’s from Portugal (though some wineries were grandfatherd in when the ruling was made), the clever marketers at Peltier substituted the notion of a USB port cable connection for port wine. USB port, port wine — get it?

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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