Archive for June, 2011

Gotta revolution at Sorelle Winery

June 30th, 2011
Gotta revolution at Sorelle Winery

Sorelle Winery prepares to release its first reserve bottlings This past May Sorelle Winery bottled its first three reserve 2009s – a Primitivo, Sangiovese and Barbera – given nine months more aging in American oak (new and neutral) than Sorelle’s current releases, the 2009 Soriso Lodi Primitivo ($22), 2009 Troppo Bella Lodi Sangiovese ($23), and 2009 Belleza Fra Lodi Barbera ($25). Our initial assessments of the reserves (scheduled for release in August):  bellisima!  Without going into detail (please see our tasting notes at the end of this post), let’s just say that the 2009 Reserve Primitivo is rounder, fleshier, and.. VIEW MORE »

Fusion Fridays & Heritage Oak zins

June 27th, 2011
Fusion Fridays & Heritage Oak zins

BORRA’s Fusion Fridays culinary concert series Kindly recall what a long, cold, wet winter (what happened to spring?) we’ve just had here in the Delta:  all the more reason to indulge in the long, warm, lustrous rays of summer’s sunsets… while you can! On the first Friday of Lodi’s fair weather months, Borra Vineyards celebrates its Fusion Fridays with live music and complimentary appetizers highlighting the Borra family’s favorite local restaurants. This Friday, July 1, at 5-7:30 PM, Frankie B Smooth Jazz (with guests, John and Jessica Ochoa) will take the stage under Borra’s towering willows, and Stockton’s Yasoo Yani.. VIEW MORE »

Update on 2011 Lodi wine crop

June 23rd, 2011
Update on 2011 Lodi wine crop

The real scoop, straight from the source… First things first:  never believe everything you read, especially if you’re like most people when it comes to news reports – you only read the headlines and scan for the sensational words. California grape growers suffer a sobering spring, was the title of the Associated Press release printed in newspapers across the country earlier in the month (June 10), with doomsday phraseology pouring down like hard rain:  “killer snow… hard freeze… dry-season downpours… sleepless nights… late precipitation… mildew…” and an accompanying photo taken of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles on June 6,.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wine country summer concerts

June 20th, 2011
Lodi wine country summer concerts

So mark your calendars, Lodi wine lovers, for the following upcoming can’t-miss events coming up through July (please note: in every venue, outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed, and you are invited to purchase wines by the bottle or glass at each winery): Fri. June 24 – Big Booty Bob at Lodi Cellar Door – Lodi’s most exquisite, and powerful, wines — those of Michael~David, Van Ruiten, Jessie’s Grove, and (the latest addition) Bokisch Vineyards — are always being poured at this elegantly furnished Downtown Lodi wine bar on historic School St., and as longtime San Joaquin County music and.. VIEW MORE »

Last of the great unknowns

June 18th, 2011
Last of the great unknowns

Little known Portuguese grapes that blow your mind… You can always tell the best winemakers:  they are always the most curious, or just plain restless.  It was his search for red wine alternatives to the big Zinfandels for which he had become known, eight years ago, that led Jeff Runquist — the winemaker/proprietor of Jeff Runquist Wines, based in Amador County — to Ron Silva, Lodi’s Portuguese grape king, and grower/proprietor of Silvaspoons Vineyards and Alta Mesa Wines. At first Runquist worked with Silvaspoons Vineyards Grenache, but soon after Silva convinced Runquist to also try his Lodi grown Touriga Nacional: .. VIEW MORE »