On the corner of Lockeford and Sacramento streets, right where the railroad tracks curve around, there stands an unassuming building that once housed a car dealership. There’s still a car repair facility that takes up part of the space, but behind the old brick walls now stands Estate Crush, a winemaking facility with a twist. And in the very near future, Estate Crush will open a brand new tasting room right on that corner.
Estate Crush is the result of a partnership between Nick and Sandy Sikeotis and Bob and Ali Colarossi, who each bring extensive knowledge of the wine business and business in general together to create a new version of custom crush. In the spring of 2009 the business was launched, and as soon as August eighteenth of that same year, they had their first crush! Also bringing a global knowledge of wine and winemaking to the team is Matt Ridge, who is no stranger to California winemaking.
The client list for Estate Crush includes some familiar names, such as Fields Family Wines in Lodi and Sorelle Winery in Stockton, as well as a number of as-of-yet unknown winemakers who are out of the area, or soon to be launching their own labels. A number of boutique wineries employ their facility to crush their grapes and make their wine, being as hands on as possible, but with the guidance and equipment of the Estate Crush team. Most of the barrels used are owned by each individual winery, and kept in a temperature controlled room directly adjacent to the facility.
While many custom crush facilities are able to offer similar services as Estate Crush, there are two very important distinctions setting this operation apart. First, Estate Crush offers clients the ability to make wine in batches as small as one ton, which is indeed a small lot wine. Most other places are not willing to work with quantities that small. The other, is their association with ETS Laboratories in Saint Helena. ETS Labs is the one of the most sought-after wine analysis labs in the world, reknowned for their commitement to quality and service. In the not-too-distant future, ETS Labs will have a facility right on the Estate Crush property, making it only their third California location. This is truly exciting news for Lodi’s wine industry!
Soon the unassuming building on the corner of Lockeford and Sacramento Streets will house a brand new wine analysis laboratory AND a brand new wine tasting room, educating wine makers and wine drinkers, on different ends of the process. Check back as these developments occur, and follow the journey from vineyard to barrel to bottle to glass with me and Estate Crush.