Archive for October, 2010

Your game plan for Lodi’s “First Sip”

October 30th, 2010
Your game plan for Lodi’s “First Sip”

Block out November 13 & 14 on your calendars for Lodi’s annual THE FIRST SIP! The one wine region that holds an all-weekend party allowing visitors to preview wines from the spanking new vintage (this year:  2010s!) just days after coming off the vine? What is:  Lodi, of course!  Comparing visiting Lodi with most other wine regions is like kissing a boy or girl:  you can either catch pneumonia or fall in love.  In most places, when you walk into a tasting room, you get the putyourmoneydownautomatonattitude from the usual hourly employee.  In Lodi, you’re almost always warmly greeted by.. VIEW MORE »

Zintastic Lodi Wine & Art Auction

October 27th, 2010
Zintastic Lodi Wine & Art Auction

“Gala” doesn’t quite describe Artisan Masters’ Lodi Wine & Art Auction that took place in Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square this past Saturday (10/23).  How about, say, an extra-sensory, fantastical, phantasmagoric vinous adventure?  The eye opening spices and vividly flavorful barrels of ’09 and 2010 Zinfandels presented by twenty of Lodi’s top wineries certainly made many of our tongues skip such a light fandango.  Or, culinary tours de force?  “Culinary,” of course, in respect to wines, great food and people coming together to celebrate how far along Lodi wine has come:  to a point where we can pinpoint individual sub-regions and.. VIEW MORE »

Tokay & Zinfandel’s affair to remember

October 24th, 2010
Tokay & Zinfandel’s affair to remember

One of our most illuminating conversations during the 2010 harvest – pretty much wrapped up, here in Lodi, by almost everyone just before the rain this past weekend (10/23-24) – was with Jonathan Wetmore.  Mr. Wetmore owns the boutique sized Grands Amis Winery; and his vineyard management company, called Round Valley Ranches, has been farming grapes for other wineries (currently, over 2,000 acres for folks like Jesse’s Grove, Bogle, Delicato, E&J Gallo, Geyser Peak, and many more) since 1976. “There’s been a lot changes since I first started” he told us.  “In the seventies, harvest never started until after Labor.. VIEW MORE »

Why Lodi Zinfandel rocks

October 19th, 2010
Why Lodi Zinfandel rocks

Zinfandel is Lodi’s pièce de resistance at the Lodi Wine & Art Auction… In our first seminar at Lodi’s memorable Treasure Island WineFest this past 10/10/10, we addressed the amazingly innovative, alternative style wines coming out of Lodi today.  Wines like the… lithe and lively, silken textured 2008 Uvaggio Vermentino Chrismas pudding-plump, zesty 2007 Ripken Primitivo remarkably supple, profusive, yet acidity charged 2008 Grands Amis Barbera dark, exotic, hugely recherché 2008 St. Jorge Alicante Bouschet monumentally full, chiseled yet opulently fruited 2006 Jesse’s Grove Ancient Vine Carignane … the last red wine, coming from ridiculously old and productive 121 year.. VIEW MORE »

2010 Lodi harvest: rhapsody in red

October 14th, 2010
2010 Lodi harvest: rhapsody in red

Rock ‘n rollin’ with Round Valley Ranches, Jesse’s Grove and Borra Vineyards While taking a taco truck break with his pickers last week (first week of October) at Egger Vineyard, a stand of 20 year old head trained Zinfandel vines on the north side of Peltier Rd., Jonathan Wetmore ventured an opinion:  “All the wineries have been happy so far with the quality of the 2010 harvest.”  This, you must know, is somewhat of an understatement, considering the joyous whooping and hollering we’ve actually been hearing among those in Lodi’s oenological profession. Then again, Wetmore is first and foremost a.. VIEW MORE »