Archive for December, 2010

Gotta luv Lodi Petite Sirah!

December 31st, 2010
Gotta luv Lodi Petite Sirah!

For dyed-in-the-wool red wine lovers, Petite Sirah is the Sara Lee of grapes – who doesn’t love it? It makes big, yet round and comfortable red wines – think Gerard or Charlize throwing kisses from a down topped Tempu-Pedic mattress – satisfying the nose and touching every part of the mouth with its purple stained, pungent flavors that are ripe yet sturdy, more often than not suggesting baked blueberry pies with black pepper and brown stick spices. Ask almost any winery that produces one, and by no means will they tell you that Petite Sirah de beeg seller like Merlot,.. VIEW MORE »

Tasting royal-tee at Jessie’s Grove

December 29th, 2010
Tasting royal-tee at Jessie’s Grove

When you stroll through the Royal Tee Vineyard belonging to Lodi’s Jessie’s Grove Winery, you literally brush up against history.  This 5 acre vineyard was originally planted by Joseph Spenker in 1889; so long ago, even American history buffs have trouble recalling who was president then (it was Benjamin Harrison). Today, these majestic vines – twisting, whirling arms rising from tree-like trunks, like graceful, oversized bonsai – produce red wines that are emblematic of the recent growth of Lodi as a region known for ultra-premium wine growing: namely, Jesse’s Grove’s Ancient Vine Carignane and Royal Tee Zinfandel. We can talk.. VIEW MORE »

McCay’s Truluck ways with Lodi zin

December 24th, 2010
McCay’s Truluck ways with Lodi zin

We read the news today, oh boy:  the 2007 McCay Cellars Jupiter Lodi Zinfandel ($24) was named among the TOP 100 Wines of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle. The significance?  There are, after all, thousands upon thousands of wonderful wines produced around the world each year that don’t make prestigious top 100 lists.  More importantly, this is one of the first times a Lodi wine was conscientiously picked to be among an elite.  Sure, in recent years Lodi grown wines – especially our heritage Zinfandels – have stockpiled awards like golds, platinums, double-golds, double-platinums and occasional Best of Shows,.. VIEW MORE »

Zin, Langes, gumbo & Elvis sightings

December 22nd, 2010
Zin, Langes, gumbo & Elvis sightings

A slice of Lodi’s Zinfandel past… Elvis was always a dutiful child, and here everybody was thinking he’s wild… – Jesse Winchester (Just Like New) Before joining the LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards team in 2005, David Akiyoshi was a second generation winemaker in charge of production at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.  It’s the 25 years spent in the previous capacity that has given Akiyoshi as broad a perspective on Lodi winegrowing as anyone in the business. Save, perhaps, that of the Langes themselves; who, like a number of other families in Lodi, have sustained a powerful presence in the Delta.. VIEW MORE »

The zin lovers’ last minute gift list

December 14th, 2010
The zin lovers’ last minute gift list

One more weekend to shop, but this is no time to panic… What do you give a Zinfandel lover who has everything, has been there and done that?  It is possible to find something he (or she) would shout hallelujah! about in the early hours of Christmas morn; and that something would be something rare, highly individualistic (in terms of pure winemaking aesthetics), and yes, a bit of an expenditure (operative term:  “bit,” since even rare, higher priced Lodi wines are still such damned good values). The following four gift ideas can be found at their respective wineries (visit their.. VIEW MORE »