Archive for August, 2010

Alebrijes’ Chef Ruben Larrazolo

August 31st, 2010
Alebrijes’ Chef Ruben Larrazolo

A Force Is with us in Lodi… When talking about Ruben Larrazolo, his favorite chef to work with, Spanish grape specialist/winemaker Markus Bokisch tells us, “the thing about Ruben is that he doesn’t run a Mexican restaurant, he runs a Mexican bistro — where anything is possible when it comes to food and dishes.”  It’s safe to say, many of Lodi’s winemakers feel the same about chef Larrazolo, who lets his imagination run rampant when it comes to cooking — especially when matching food with wine. Increasingly so, his menu at Alebrijes Bistro is reflecting the same.  “Number one,” Ruben.. VIEW MORE »

The world according to the Bokischs

August 28th, 2010
The world according to the Bokischs

Markus and Liz Bokisch, who own Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, have recently been turning the wine world on its head. You’ve probably heard, for instance, winemakers sanctimoniously talk about how they pick grapes “by flavor, not numbers.”  How they all wait for “physiological ripeness” before harvesting.  As if, of course, they would be waiting for “physiological unripeness” before sending out their harried crews.  Well, Markus has been following along with that for most of the past eight, nine years, while still making the best damned white wines from the native Spanish Albariño grape in California (of course, there’s only three,.. VIEW MORE »

Taste Lodi: the Bokisch way

August 28th, 2010
Taste Lodi: the Bokisch way

BOKISCH FAMILY SANGRIA I’m not going to lie to you, you can use any kind of red wine to make good sangria.  But if you use the Bokisch Graciano — laden with ginger and black pepper spices, dense yet supple, sinewy in the mouth — it’s simply that much more exotically spiced, and that much more sensuous.  Trust us — we’ve lived to tell the tale.  Here is Liz Bokisch’s “secret” recipe, which serves 4 to 6: 1 bottle Bokisch Graciano 2 oz. Presidente Brandy 1.5 oz. Cointreau 2/3 cup orange juice 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/3 cup.. VIEW MORE »

“Reggae & Rhone” rocks the delta

August 24th, 2010
“Reggae & Rhone” rocks the delta

In case you were there (or worse, if you missed it):  once again the folks at Michael-David Winery showed the world that Lodi knows how to party (our kind of party!).  Last Saturday night was their Reggae & Rhone concert, ostensibly thrown to celebrate the latest incarnation of their Incognito white and red blends (dynamite wines!). If the ferocious melodies and rock steadying beat of The Itals (an authentic, Grammy Award nominated reggae band) didn’t get the crowd (about 680 strong) wound up, the incredible spread (conch and shrimp appetizers followed by barbecue, jambalaya, the works…) to go with wines.. VIEW MORE »

Remember 10/10/10!

August 20th, 2010
Remember 10/10/10!

History buffs remember dates with repeating numbers the way wine connoisseurs remember the best wines:  like 01/10/49 (B.C., that is, when Caesar crossed the Rhine)… 7/2/1776 (Washington crossed the Delaware)… 3/6/1836 (fall of the Alamo)… 11/11/1918 (Armistice Day)… For Bay Area wine buffs, that memorable date might very well become 10/10/2010… when over forty of Lodi’s finest wine producers will cross the Bay Bridge to lay claim to Treasure Island and put on the 2nd annual Treasure Island WineFest – Lodi on the Water.  We can’t promise legions of grunting, bulging biceped Romans, but we can promise front row views.. VIEW MORE »