Archive for November, 2011

Test your Lodi white wine grape knowledge (part 1)

November 29th, 2011
Test your Lodi white wine grape knowledge (part 1)

So you think you know your white wine grapes?  Perhaps you do, and perhaps not nearly as much as you think. Whatever the case, here’s a fun exercise:  see if you can identify the following six white wine 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. Hints:  Most of these grapes are.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s November autumn splendor

November 24th, 2011
Lodi’s November autumn splendor

November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear , wrote Sir Walter Scott. Wherefore we cannot let the season pass without at least one photographic ode to the colors exploding in our vineyards as we speak.  The phenomenon, as you know, occurs when temperatures dip and leaves are divested of chlorophyll, the pigment that photosynthesizes solar energy during warmer months. As the greenery of chlorophyll recedes from the cellular walls, the brilliant golds and oranges of carotenoids take over.  Reds and purples, however, come from another group of pigments in leaf cells called anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins are.. VIEW MORE »

Memories of The First Sip 2011

November 21st, 2011
Memories of The First Sip 2011

Another First Sip in Lodi has come and gone!  There were some memorable moments, during this annual harvest celebration this past November 12-13, when wine lovers can go around visiting over 40 of Lodi’s finest vignerons and taste unbottled samples of their latest vintages — including just picked 2011s. Born and raised here in the Delta, Dee Yates of Dee Yates Photography has always had a keen eye and natural feel for Lodi’s wine country.  Below is a photographic accounting by Ms. Yates, mixed in with shots taken by lodiwine.com (Yates’ artistic expessions identified by her signature).  Good times at….. VIEW MORE »

A Lodi family Thanksgiving (part 2)

November 17th, 2011
A Lodi family Thanksgiving (part 2)

A winemaker’s stuffing, cranberries with bacon or cooked in rosé, and Thanksgiving chicken dinner-winner for two! How will Lodi’s winegrowing families be celebrating Thanksgiving this year?  Thoughts and recipes making up part 2 of what they have shared with us… Rick Taylor – winemaker/partner, Riaza Wines: My wife Erin’s parents have a cabin up past Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County.  Every year, the four of us head up the hill for the long Thanksgiving weekend.  After clearing the snow from the driveway and getting a fire going in the fireplace, we settle in for a much deserved, post-grape.. VIEW MORE »

A Lodi family Thanksgiving (part 1)

November 14th, 2011
A Lodi family Thanksgiving (part 1)

Wine country stuffing, 2 ways to do cranberries & it’s off to the races… If anything, the Lodi American Viticultural Area is all about families.  With ties to the land and ties among themselves, a significant proportion of Lodi families can trace their arrival to this agricultural community as far back as the 1800s. How do Lodi’s winegrowers and culinary personalities celebrate Thanksgiving?  We asked six of them to share their expectations for the 2011 holiday, plus their most cherished recipes.  Here is what three of them shared with us (the other three will talk about their Lodi 2011 Thanksgiving.. VIEW MORE »