Archive for October, 2011

Flash of new insights into Lodi wine

October 27th, 2011
Flash of new insights into Lodi wine

How Barry Genkow and Flash Détente’s new technology helps us an understand an old concept One of Lodi’s finest wines is m2 Wines’ Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel; which, vintage after vintage, is distinguished by an almost European quality that can only be described as earthy, loamy, and often mushroomy.  M2 winemaker/proprietor Layne Montgomery often likens this wine’s distinctive complexity to the smell of “onions cooked in a beef stew.” Because you cannot find this particular quality in Zinfandels grown in other parts of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA – demarcated by the flat, deep, rich sandy loam soils planted by the original.. VIEW MORE »

Test your Lodi wine grape knowledge!

October 24th, 2011
Test your Lodi wine grape knowledge!

So you think you know your wine grapes?  Perhaps you do, and perhaps not as much as you think.  Whatever the case, here’s a fun exercise:  see if you can identify the following six Lodi grown grapes captured below in recent photos, accompanied by detailed descriptions of each grape’s history and provenance, past and present.  We’re not telling you the names of these grapes until the very end of this post, which gives you the chance to test your knowledge of both the wines of Lodi and of wine grapes in general.  Warning:  this won’t be easy (meaning:  if you.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi launches LoCA campaign

October 19th, 2011
Lodi launches LoCA campaign

Lodi, CA (October 19, 2011) – If you see the word LoCA in an advertisement or billboard over the next few months, don’t worry — Lodi’s growers and wineries have not gone crazy.  They’re simply telling the world how thrilled they are about the wines they produce, and how much they love sharing a taste of their life in Lodi — such an ideal place for grapes and people. LoCA is code for Lodi, California, and the growers and wineries in the Lodi American Viticultural Area want consumers to know exactly where that passion comes from:  a tradition of farming.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi harvest in October 2011

October 17th, 2011
Lodi harvest in October 2011

We often forget that wine is basically an agricultural product, which is why any winegrower will tell you:  Mother Nature always has the last word.  Even so, sometimes it has nothing to do with weather… Last week, as he was out in the fields analyzing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes being grown for the Mettler Family label, Adam Mettler noticed a few rows with grape bunches completely stripped of berries.  “We are constantly battling Mother Nature in some blocks,” says Mettler, “but in this case, the culprit wasn’t rain or temperature… these rows were eaten by turkeys!” Otherwise, the story of the.. VIEW MORE »

Harmony’s Pipe Dreams zin rolls in

October 14th, 2011
Harmony’s Pipe Dreams zin rolls in

When you take a tub of grapes and ferment it with the yeast that has grown naturally on their own skins, you are incorporating the vineyard’s indigenous microbiology.  If those grapes happen to be Zinfandel grown in Lodi, the resulting red wine will not necessarily compare to other wines made from Lodi grown Zinfandel – you may like others better.  Yet it is more likely to taste like the best possible wine made from that vineyard because you’ve allowed the grapes’ own yeast to play a part in the wine’s fermentation, and ultimately its flavor. The family at Lodi’s Harmony.. VIEW MORE »