Three decades of wine……a few stories to tell
ABOUt the wines
In January 2014, I began focusing on small lot winemaking from selected vineyards in the Mokelumne River, Clements Hills, Sonoma & Napa Valley Regions. 2018 marks my first vintage working with small Pinot Noir vineyard in the Sonoma Russian River but my home is in the Clements Hill sub-appellation of Lodi.
"Zapfino, Zinfandel" - Specifically meant to have fun with the tag line "It's Zinfandel Time" as the driving mantra. Focused on Old Vine Zinfandel from Mokelumne River AVA vineyards I've been producing Zin from for over 15 years.
"Mark Nicholas" - Small production regional focus with Meritage & Chardonnay from Napa Valley and Clements Hills SyrahRosé. The intent is very 'regional' regarding intensities originating from "place".
"Ancient Craft" Old Vine Zinfandel - The name suggests 'maturity, refinement and finesse' which is the ideology behind the wines. Multiple vineyard sources from growers I've been working with for many vintages of which the vineyards are mature and specifically targeted for qualities in my blends. Mokelumne River and Clements Hill AVA's make up for 90% of the sourcing for these wines.
"GK" - Generosity - Nicholas Karavidas - The brand that brings Nicholas back to his roots of producing several 'Alt' varietals such as Mourvedre, Grenache, Sangiovese and Chenin Blanc. It is about producing wines of generous characters and concentration without being overly alcohol or tannic.
"Distinction" - Distinction is a brand I created to highlight the unique qualities of the Mokelumne River AVA of Lodi. The Zinfandel is round, plush, plummy and fruit-forward with a focus of American barrel aging for 14 months highlighting an intense sweet vanilla aromatic while the Cabernet exhibits classic anise spice, ripe Santa Rosa plum fruit and lingering juicy finish.
PNKE - Rosé with an attitude! Blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of Gewurztraminer lifting the perfumed aromatics and enhancing the textural feel of the red grapes and acidic structure of the Sauvignon Blanc. This is a multi-AVA blend from Santa Barbara, Napa Valley & Lodi.
Nick's 'adrenaline junkie' HISTORY
At the age of 18, Nicholas began his wine career in Southern California where his passions of surfing, alpine ski racing and motorcycle racing occupied the majority of his daily schedule. "At the time, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I had a swing shift where I could surf or ski or ride in the morning and get to my union cellar worker job by mid-afternoon."
Soon, Nick's passions began to evolve leading him down a road of what has turning into a 3+ decade career with its origins in the old Cucamonga Valley (known for the famous Carol Shelton 'Monga Zin').
Nick's winemaking now spans from Clements Hills and Mokelumne River to Napa & Sonoma Valley including the Russian River.
Fine art vineyard landscapes
In his youth, Nicholas was raised among the Hollywood sets of Gunsmoke, Gilligan's Island, Bewitched and many others. The influence of seeing how filmmakers 'framed' a scene influenced Nicholas in how he viewed the world around him. Eventually, he discovered photography and the rest is history. You can view 'Mark Nicholas' Photography on the following sites.
Instagram - @romancing_the_vine, Fine Art America, Etsy and Behance