Archive for August, 2011

What a difference a grape makes

August 31st, 2011
What a difference a grape makes

The grape makes the wine, no matter where it’s grown… As discussed earlier in our Wine 101 installments, the grape variety (or varieties, if the wine is a blend of several grapes) is the single most significant factor differentiating the taste of wines.  Producers in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and South America make it easy for us to understand because wines from those countries are usually sold by the brand name (i.e. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, or LangeTwins Winery) followed by the name of the grape (Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc.).  New World wines such as these are often.. VIEW MORE »

Tempranillo Day & Vin d’Elegance

August 26th, 2011
Tempranillo Day & Vin d’Elegance

August 31:  Lodi celebrates International Tempranillo Day Seven Lodi based members of TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers & Amigos Society) are teaming up with four of Downtown Lodi’s finest restaurants to put on an exciting progressive dinner celebrating the first ever International Tempranillo Day on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 (5:15 PM):  7 fantastic Tempranillos matched with 7 platos pequeños (small plates).  The stellar Lodi wineries showing off their Tempranillos will include Alta Mesa, Bokisch, Harney Lane, Jeremy, Riaza, Ripken and St. Amant. Have you ever tasted good Tempranillo?  If so, you experienced a soulful, sumptuous, mouth-filling red wine, as soft and.. VIEW MORE »

Wine-food matching made easy

August 23rd, 2011
Wine-food matching made easy

A commonsense approach to wine and food matching We’ve mentioned some commonsense wine and food matches; like the fact that zesty, dry white wines like Sauvignon Blanc are as natural with white fish as a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Or the fact that it makes sense to serve a full bodied, full tannin red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon with full, fatty red meats such as beef and lamb.  It doesn’t take a Master Sommelier to understand these things.  If you know that ketchup tastes good on a hamburger, and that hot fudge tastes great over vanilla ice cream, then you.. VIEW MORE »

Kidder Family rising star wines

August 19th, 2011
Kidder Family rising star wines

Remember the name Kidder Family Winery, because this is one of Lodi‘s rising star producers. It’s not a simple matter of newness; nor even sheer talent, which winemaker/proprietor Aaron Kidder has aplenty.  If anything, it’s a matter of Mr. Kidder having a strong sense of emerging contemporary tastes — particularly in respect to wines that impress you by their balance rather than hammering intensity, clarity of fruit rather than oakiness, and crisp edged, food-friendly textures — and the good sense and cojones to focus precisely on that.  If you’re a bit tired of clunky, super-sized wines seemingly made more to.. VIEW MORE »

Right glasses & temperatures matter

August 16th, 2011
Right glasses & temperatures matter

Wine glasses make a difference Aside from choosing what wine to drink, there is probably no choice as key to your enjoyment of wine as your selection of wine glass. Everyone knows that wine glasses properly come with a stem, are crystal clear for visual pleasure, and are curved inward to allow the nose to better enjoy the aromas collecting just below the rim.  But size and shape also matter.  Generally speaking, white wines taste best in 12 to 14 oz. glasses in the graceful shape of a tulip.  But for red wines, you can use the same 12 oz… VIEW MORE »