Archive for July, 2011

Odisea’s delicious roots in Lodi

July 28th, 2011
Odisea’s delicious roots in Lodi

A case for a natural approach to Lodi winemaking… Odisea Wine Company was one producer that really stood out at the TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers & Amigos Society) Grand Tasting at San Francisco’s Fort Mason this past June (for an accounting from the Lodi perspective, see this report in Culinary Wine & Food Adventures). There was something about the Odisea wines – an immediacy, and almost unabashed nakedness – that distinguished it among other Spanish grape specialists in the room that day.  There are now, for instance, a growing number of fine, zesty California whites made from the Albariño grape,.. VIEW MORE »

Wine 101: color & taste sensations

July 26th, 2011
Wine 101: color & taste sensations

How wines get their color The pigmentation of wines comes from the skins of grapes they’re made from.  White wines are usually produced from light, green skinned grapes, and red wines from dark, black skinned grapes.  The actual juice of most varieties of vinifera is colorless.  Therefore, it is entirely possible to make a pink or even pale white colored wine from a black skinned grape simply by separating the skins from the juice immediately after picking, prior to fermentation. The finest, clear colored sparkling wines, for example, come from Champagne in France, most of which is made from the.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s best whites & summer pasta

July 21st, 2011
Lodi’s best whites & summer pasta

Lodi’s award winners at the 2011 California State Fair Three outstanding Lodi wines will be singled out in an awards ceremony at the California State Fair’s Taste & Celebrate the Best event, this coming July 29, 2011 at the California State Fair in Sacramento.  The honors and recipients: Best of Lodi White: 2010 Abundance, Lodi Bountiful Blanc (Gold Medal) Best of Lodi Red: 2009 Macchia, Serious Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel (Double Gold Medal) Best Viognier: 2010 Loredona, Lodi Viognier (Gold Medal) The awards ceremony takes place at 3-5:30 PM on Golden 1 Stage, and the public will have the opportunity.. VIEW MORE »

Knowing, enjoying wine 101

July 19th, 2011
Knowing, enjoying wine 101

De plan, de plan… Over the next few weeks we plan to devote one blogpost per week covering some basic aspects of wine, from how vineyards effect quality and style to, simply, how to taste wine and enhance its enjoyment.  Yes, we’re talking “basics,” but we promise:  we’re not going to dumb it down for you.  We figure that if you’re reading this, you’re probably a curious wine lover, and you want something of substance along with some A, B, Cs.  Why not?  To begin with… What makes wine wine? If left to its own devices, any batch of grapes.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi shines at Zin Rib-O-Rama

July 16th, 2011
Lodi shines at Zin Rib-O-Rama

Spelling out what makes Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel special… Last weekend on July 9, Lodi was the American Viticultural Area featured by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) at its first ever annual Rib-O-Rama, taking place at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, along the foggy banks of the San Francisco Bay.  Rock Wall is a fairly new Zinfandel specialist, owned and operated by Kent Rosenblum (perhaps best known, and revered, as the founder of Rosenblum Cellars, which he sold in 2008) and his daughter Shauna Rosenblum (Rock Wall’s winemaker). Along with Rock Wall, there was a handful of other.. VIEW MORE »