Archive for November, 2010

In Lodi autumn is poetry

November 26th, 2010
In Lodi autumn is poetry

Mornings are dipping into nose nipping sub-30 degree temps.  Leaves are doing their yearly dance of death, and grape vines are preparing their wintry beds on frost gilded coverlets of greens skirted with crinkley leaves hued in fiery reds, oranges and yellows. It’s autumn in Lodi.  Or as Robert Frost put it, Nature’s first green is gold… her hardest hue to hold… A pictorial accounting of that poetic transition in 2010:

Lodi knows alternative Thanksgivings

November 23rd, 2010
Lodi knows alternative Thanksgivings

“Happy families,” wrote Tolstoy, “are all alike, and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  Or are they?  As it’s also often said, we don’t get to choose our families, but to a large extent, we can certainly control the circumstances under which we see them.  Especially for Thanksgiving, which is all about everyone returning to the nest. One thing we also know about families:  not all of them have the same taste.  Not everyone, for instance, digs turkey.  In a prior blogpost, A Lodi wine country Thanksgiving, we furnished a treatise on the ideal wines for many.. VIEW MORE »

A Lodi wine country Thanksgiving

November 10th, 2010
A Lodi wine country Thanksgiving

Let your turkey guide your wine choices, and one Lodi family’s Thanksgiving menu and secret family recipe for potato rolls… The turkey is one of our greatest comfort foods.  When we were kids we simply traced our fingers to draw them.  It has also remained as all-American a culinary delicacy as any:  as ubiquitous as it may seem to us, it’s never caught on in other countries, even in Europe (because they used to confuse native Americans with Indians from India, the French still call it coq d’Inde, the “cock of India” – how twisted is that?). Take that back: .. VIEW MORE »

Thanksgiving sweets everybody loves

November 9th, 2010
Thanksgiving sweets everybody loves

Who doesn’t love a great sweet wine?  Your Aunt Gladys and Uncle Boyd, your brother the wine geek, your sister the foodie, mom who loves everything and dad who always proclaims “I know what I like” but still can never remember what he had last week:  they all love the wines winemakers probably work the hardest on which, incidentally, always taste great with dessert. Gotta love it! Here are some of Lodi’s finest sweet, dessert style wines, along with some suggested holiday desserts.  Enjoy! 2007 The Lucas Winery, Late Harvest Lodi Zinfandel ($65/375 ml.) Suggested dessert:  triple-layer chocolate pumpkin pie.. VIEW MORE »

Fields Family post-holiday throw-down

November 9th, 2010
Fields Family post-holiday throw-down

Russ and Melinda Fields (and their three kids) and their partner/winemakers at Lodi’s Fields Family Wines, Ryan and Jalynn Sherman (with their two kids), celebrate Thanksgiving in the usual tradition.  But the during the weekend after, according to Ryan, the families and their friends get together to commence their “post-holiday throw-down.” The Fields and Sherman families share a passion for cooking, which goes hand in hand with the passion for grapegrowing and winemaking they have shared since their first meeting of like minds in 2004. According to Ryan, “Russ has an extremely extensive garden with too many things to even.. VIEW MORE »