The Lotus blossom has been celebrated in many cultures and is an integral part of Buddhist thought. The symbolic Lotus blossom also serves as the focal point for Californias Lotus Winery, established by Brent Shortridge and Philip Zorn in 2001. The two set out to create a wine brand that would offer true varietal character and complexity at everyday, real world prices. With its deep, sandy clay loam soils the Lodi appellation was chosen as the grape source for Lotus wines. The Lotus winemaking style emphasizes balance and ripe fruit flavors that will complement a wide variety of foods.