Archive for January, 2012

Livin’ LoCA at ZAP

January 30th, 2012
Livin’ LoCA at ZAP

The yearly Grand Tasting put on by the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (i.e. ZAP) in San Francisco turned 21 this past Saturday, January 28:  that is to say, after over two decades, it’s matured into one of the grandest, most bodacious yet, if you can believe it, most civilized wine events in the country. A new venue at The Concourse certainly helped.  Close to 8,000 true-blue and purple teethed zin lovers strolled through the length of this south-of-Market building’s 125,000 square feet of spectacularly skylighted heights, rich wood and exposed brick walls (this 8th & Brannan exhibition center was carved.. VIEW MORE »

Mom always loved Sorelle’s Primitivo best

January 26th, 2012
Mom always loved Sorelle’s Primitivo best

Another one of the Lodi American Viticultural Area’s gold medal winners at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was the 2009 Sorelle, Manna Ranch Reserve Lodi Primitivo ($27):  a round, fleshy, velvety, medium bodied red, inundated with vibrant, smoke tinged raspberry and black cherry aromas, unimpeded by moderate, pliant tannin. Perhaps even better yet?  The more modestly priced, but even finer and friendlier 2010 Sorelle Sorriso Lodi Primitivo ($22):  like any good Zinfandel – which it is, and isn’t – redolent of raspberry and black cherry qualities in the nose, tinged with wispy tobacco, with compellingly soft yet.. VIEW MORE »

Michael~David’s Cabernet Sauvignon leads the way to Rapture

January 23rd, 2012
Michael~David’s Cabernet Sauvignon leads the way to Rapture

It seems like just yesterday that Michael~David Winery was one of those little Lodi wineries that could.  We still have lots of those kinds of producers, but the company driven by brothers Michael (CEO/owner) and David (President/owner) Phillips now do things on the scale of hundreds of thousands of cases – still peanuts compared to Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi (over 8 million cases), but dwarfing the 2,000 to 10,000 yearly cases by Lodi’s m2, Macchia, McCay, The Lucas, Bokisch and Harney Lane. The positives have been resounding:  Michael-David has been doing for the Lodi wine industry what wineries like Robert.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is the perfect tie that binds…

January 19th, 2012
Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is the perfect tie that binds…

Friends, lovers, wine countrymen, lend us your ears, noses and tasting palates: Lodi’s 15th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend is upon us; taking place February 11-12, 2012 (11 AM-4 PM), when over 45 of our wineries roll out the Valentine’s-red carpets to their doors to show off their richest, juiciest wines with decadent chocolates and other treats, lots of live music, direct-from-barrel tastings, art exhibits, professional photo portraits, and more… It is literally a party scene nearly everywhere you go in Lodi for these two days.  Each ticket gets you the royal treatment, plus a commemorative wine glass and a.. VIEW MORE »

Borra Vineyards takes a bow for their stunning Fusion Reds

January 17th, 2012
Borra Vineyards takes a bow for their stunning Fusion Reds

Borra Vineyards grower/proprietor Steve Borra has always cut quite a figure in Lodi’s winegrowing circles, with his signature cowboy hat and crusty handlebar mustache – he even walks into a room with a rider’s bowed gait. Then again, these days Mr. Borra has a lot to take a bow for; especially since last week’s very public announcement that the 2008 Borra Fusion Red ($19) has been named among the twelve Wall Street Journal Wine Awards Annual Dozen – and we ain’t talkin’ Dirty Dozen… To qualify for this distinction, wineries across the U.S. are asked to submit a sample for.. VIEW MORE »