Archive for December, 2011

Lodi’s best days ahead (thanks to Mark Chandler!)

December 29th, 2011
Lodi’s best days ahead (thanks to Mark Chandler!)

On January 1, 2012 the Lodi Winegrape Commission – representing over 750 Lodi region growers plus over 80 wineries – will embark on a new era with the departure of Mark Chandler, the organization’s first and only Executive Director since its establishment 20 years ago.  Mr. Chandler, who has privately been telling friends simply that “it was time,” has composed a farewell in his succinct yet sincere fashion (a long admired signature!) for our readers on lodiwine.com: To all my friends and friends of Lodi wine:  what a wondrous change we see when we look at Lodi today compared to.. VIEW MORE »

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 2)

December 27th, 2011
A year in Lodi 2011 (part 2)

In August of each year in the wine country, grapes are past véraison — when sugar rises and acidity decreases in the grapes, which turn from a hard green to shades of purple, red, black, blue or gold — and are beginning their race towards their peaks of flavor. As in many other parts of the world, the challenge for growers in Lodi is to achieve full fledged ripeness notwithstanding nature’s usual autumnal slings and arrows:  rain, rot, cold, heat, dessication, and on and on.  Vintage 2011 in Lodi was as problematic as most, but overall quality, in terms of.. VIEW MORE »

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 1)

December 23rd, 2011
A year in Lodi 2011 (part 1)

Looking back on another fruitful year in the Delta Looking back at our favorite photos of the past year also gives us a good sense of how vintage 2011 developed, and more to look forward to in the years to come when we finally uncork and taste the year in our mouths.  Some of our favorite scenes from the past year: DECEMBER 2010 JANUARY 2011 FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY Our next blogpost: August t0 December 2011 in Lodi

What Lodi’s winemakers are enjoying this Christmas

December 20th, 2011
What Lodi’s winemakers are enjoying this Christmas

What will Lodi’s winemakers be enjoying over the upcoming Christmas holidays?  We asked a few of Lodi’s finest this question, and discovered a couple of things:  how much of a mutual admiration society they have going on (they love drinking their colleagues’ wines), and how much they great European or classic American wines.  What they say: Ryan Leeman, Van Ruiten Family Winery: Mea (Mrs. Leeman) and I always enjoy classic California wines, like the bottle of 2004 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon we enjoyed just the other night alongside the new 2010 Van Ruiten Family.. VIEW MORE »

Dream case for the Lodi wine lover who has everything

December 13th, 2011
Dream case for the Lodi wine lover who has everything

Why begrudge your fellow man by stalking off or clicking off the television every time one of those Lexus Christmas commercials comes on?  We can be happy for other people’s success (yeah, right), but when it comes to wine, this question never really goes away:  why do people spend too much on bottles of wine? We’re talking about big-name, big-shot wines that cost over $100, $200, or even $500 a bottle.  They’re not like a Lexus, which at least gives you a nifty package of engineering.  Fine wine is more like aesthetic arts or crafts:  the qualities appreciated are sensory,.. VIEW MORE »