Archive for September, 2011

Mokelumne Glen’s beautiful obsessions

September 29th, 2011
Mokelumne Glen’s beautiful obsessions

The Lodi AVA is not a cold climate winegrowing region.  It enjoys a Mediterranean climate, strongly influenced by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley River Delta, where average temperatures are roughly akin to the center of Napa Valley, and much of Sonoma  County and Paso Robles. Yet as strange as it may seem, the country’s most extensive commercial planting of grapes commonly associated with Germany – the coldest winegrowing region in the world – is found right here in Lodi:  at Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, planted by Bob Koth off Cherry Rd., on the eastern side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.  Koth has.. VIEW MORE »

27 reasons to be at Treasure Island fest

September 27th, 2011
27 reasons to be at Treasure Island fest

Lodi Wine Country returns to San Francisco Bay this coming Saturday, October 8, 2011 (1 to 5 PM) at the Treasure Island WineFest, where over 45 of Lodi’s finest producers will be pouring over 200 Lodi AVA grown wines.   Advanced purchase tickets are now on sale at tiwinefest.com for $55 (tickets at the door are $65, and just $25 for designated drivers). Here’s your chance to experience the best of Lodi in the spectacular setting of Treasure Island off the picturesque Bay Bridge — one great reason for you need to be there… and here are 27 more: An Abundance.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s ingenioso Vermentino & Moscato

September 22nd, 2011
Lodi’s ingenioso Vermentino & Moscato

There has always been something of a Don Quixote in Jim Moore, winemaker/proprietor of Uvaggio, the winery formerly known by its full name, L’Uvaggio di Giacomo (“Jim’s grapes”).  How else can you explain his impassioned, solitary crusade to turn the country on to Vermentino, an obscure (at least in the U.S.) grape grown in Northern Italy, the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, and France’s Provence (where the grape is known as Rolle)? In Jim Moore’s world, every self-respecting American white wine lover should be drinking Vermentino, which he calls the “thinking man’s Pinot Grigio.”  Ironically, in Moore’s previous life –.. VIEW MORE »

Vicarmont keeps the Merlot faith

September 20th, 2011
Vicarmont keeps the Merlot faith

Still plenty of respect for Merlot among Lodi winegrowers… Bart:  If fairytales have taught us anything, first wives are the best and second wives are terrible. Homer:  Just the opposite of real life… – The Simpsons How soon we forget the finest things.  Not too long ago, Merlot was the go-to wine for the majority of America’s red wine drinkers – what Chardonnay was to Bridget Jones, white Russians to the Big Lebowski.  Then this varietal suffered the indignity of being disparaged in the movie Sideways (2004); and soon after, became decidedly unhip.  Yet good grapes are good grapes, and.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s 2011 zin roars in

September 16th, 2011
Lodi’s 2011 zin roars in

Up until last week, Tim Holdener (winemaker/proprietor of Macchia Wines) tells us, there were some fears that “yields might be down as much as 50%.”  But now that he has gotten in his fastest ripening vineyards this past week – including the dry farmed Leland Noma’s and “Oblivious” next door, yielding as little as half-a-ton per acre, as well as Dave Devine’s drip-irrigated vineyard in the Clements Hills AVA – Holdener has adjusted his expectation to “about 20% less.” Adds Holdener, “we expected a less than average year,  when we saw all the shot berries that resulted from the spring.. VIEW MORE »