Archive for September, 2010

Enthusiasm rules Lodi’s 2010 harvest

September 29th, 2010
Enthusiasm rules Lodi’s 2010 harvest

Enthusiasm prevails thus far during Lodi’s 2010 harvest… September 29, 2010 – As temperatures soared into the nineties this past weekend, fruit from many of Lodi’s more venerated vineyards were harvested.  For Layne Montgomery of m2 Wines, that meant Zinfandel from the 94 year old Soucie Vineyard (also the traditional source of Michael-David’s Lust bottlings) located at the western edge of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA along Turner Road. Montgomery was especially enthused by a super-concentrated, brambly, “wildly varietal” lot of Zinfandel from 8 rows thinned by Kevin Soucie to about 2 tons per acre (normal yields in Soucie are around.. VIEW MORE »

Will 2010 be Lodi’s best vintage ever?

September 23rd, 2010
Will 2010 be Lodi’s best vintage ever?

September 23, 2010 Lodi Harvest Report Over the past two weeks the night harvesters in Lodi have been busy while you’ve lain in bed dreaming.  White wine grapes have pretty much come off the vine; and at this date, red wine grapes from the warmer sites (generally on Lodi’s eastern side) have started to trickle in, although most of the latter will probably be picked between now and the first week of October. You may have heard of the challenging conditions on California’s North Coast; sluggishly ripening grapes beset by cold weather, followed by alarming late August temperature spikes of.. VIEW MORE »

Jim Moore walks the Lodi walk

September 20th, 2010
Jim Moore walks the Lodi walk

One of Lodi’s singularly most original, and quite possibly most significant (if you dream in Italian) white wines today may be the one made from the Vermentino grape by Jim Moore, owner/winemaker of Italian inspired wines under the Uvaggio label. “Vermentino,” says Moore, “is the thinking man’s Pinot Grigio.”  Like Pinot Grigio, it tends to be light, dry and breezy; lemony tart without being puckery.  Where Vermentino veers off – as in the 2009 Uvaggio Lodi Vermentino ($13-$14 retail) – is in its multifaceted nose:  lavender, thyme and lime blossom fragrances, with undertones of cantaloupe and nuances of wild honey.. VIEW MORE »

Terroir unleashed at Lodi Art Auction

September 17th, 2010
Terroir unleashed at Lodi Art Auction

LODI TERROIR — A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME… Attention shoppers, wine geeks, or anyone who just wants to know more about what the heck they like in a wine (why should geeks have all fun?):  at the upcoming Lodi Wine & Art Auction eighteen wineries will present, for your sensory and intellectual pleasure, over twenty barrels of 2008 or 2009 Zinfandels representing single vineyards, as well as the influences of growing conditions associated with the seven official sub-appellations (i.e. AVAs) of Lodi. You, too, can experience the sense of terroir that growers in this historic region – many of.. VIEW MORE »

American pie: the Lodi Grape Festival

September 17th, 2010
American pie: the Lodi Grape Festival

Celebrate the 2010 harvest with us at the Lodi Grape Festival… September 16-19 – When was the last time you’ve savored true Americana?  The annual four-day Lodi Grape Festival has been serving up sky-high slices of it, with sides of Tokay and glasses of teeth staining Zinfandel, continuously since 1934.  The first grapefest was a celebration of the previous year’s repeal of Prohibition and (since unions were not in fashion then) the quelling of a labor strike during the harvest of ’33. Long gone are the mustachioed honorary peace officers, the beauty queen pageantry and grand parades; but still going.. VIEW MORE »