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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:45 pm By Moorea Warren/Special to the News-Sentinel Vendor Profile Upstream Wines 
spreads message of preservation
Watts Winery owners Craig and Sheri Watts added the Upstream label to their family winery early this year. Each wine is named after a river, and the label has quickly become recognized. Thanks to a recent law allowing wineries to offer tastings at farmers markets, shoppers can discover Upstream Wines from Watts Winery. Owners Craig and Sheri Watts added the Upstream label to their family winery early this year. Each wine is named after a river, and the label has quickly become recognized for its outstanding Chardonnay, Malbec, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. “Upstream Wines were started to give awareness to our natural waterways. They are some of the last natural habitats still present, even in the most developed areas,” Craig Watts said. Watts, who graduated from Lodi High, earned a degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After college, he worked as a biologist on the Mokelumne River tracking salmon and at the Poke River preserving fish for bald eagles. “Much of the wildlife — birds, reptiles, fish, mammalians — would not be in existence if these waterways did not exist in their natural state. We want to bring awareness and respect for preservation of our waterways through our wines,” he said. The winery is a family affair that began four generations ago. Continuing the tradition, now the couple’s sons Joshua, 18, and Kyle, 17, and their daughter Kelsey, 14, all lend a helping hand, along with winemaker Fermin Ramirez, Ivan Barbosa, Manuel Nava, Valentine Flores, and consulting winemakers William Ghiglieri and Franck Lambert. “As we continue to grow, we intend to retain that small, warm, mom-and-pop attitude,” Sheri Watts said. Upstream’s wines are all about the outdoors, according to Sheri Watts. Think wild rivers, alpine heights, salmon falls and red cliffs, she said. “We love being able to connect with the community at the farmers market, share our wines and let them know that our winery is close by,” she said. Most popular at the Downtown Lodi Farmers Market tastings has been their Rosato Frizzante. “This wine is bright, refreshing, sweet strawberries with a bubbly finish. Perfect to serve ice cold on a hot summer day,” Craig Watts said. Besides the farmers market, where their booth is located next to the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery and near the CDJR Beer Garden, Upstream Wines can be found at Watts Winery, 17036 N. Locust Tree Road, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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