Archive for February, 2012

Premier grower Leland Noma says “it’s a great time to be a farmer in Lodi”

February 28th, 2012
Premier grower Leland Noma says “it’s a great time to be a farmer in Lodi”

Leland Noma, says Tim Holdener, winemaker/proprietor of Macchia Wines, “is one of Lodi’s premier growers… always agreeable, and a really good partner.”  Holdener adds that Noma also grows “some of the highest priced grapes in Lodi,” but he’s not complaining.  Especially when you consider the consistently award winning acclaim Noma’s grapes have won for Macchia:  particularly for Holdener’s Outrageous Zinfandel – sourced from a shining relic of a 100+ year old vineyard farmed by Noma along Victor Road, just east of the town of Lodi – as well as for a Barbera supplied from a 42 year old vineyard kept.. VIEW MORE »

The story continues: Lodi’s magical Bechthold Vineyard

February 22nd, 2012
The story continues:  Lodi’s magical Bechthold Vineyard

Part 2 – Why Lodi’s Bechthold Cinsault may be the “future” of wine The well known phenomenon of “old vines” is, first of all, the fact that they tend to produce more intense wines because older vines naturally set lower crops.  Bechthold Vineyard, planted in 1886, is as old as it gets for Lodi – an American Viticultural Area replete with vines planted prior to 1960 (although the label designation “old vines” is unregulated, for our purposes what we call old vines would be vineyards with vines planted over 50 years ago — but there is more, much more, to.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s oldest existing vines: the magical Bechthold Vineyard

February 20th, 2012
Lodi’s oldest existing vines:  the magical Bechthold Vineyard

Part 1 – The rediscovery of a diamond in the Delta mists Tegan Passalacqua, the vineyard manager of the esteemed Turley Wine Cellars, calls it “one of the last of the great dry farmed vineyards in Lodi.”  Jillian Phoenix, the former winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard and current winemaker/co-owner of Phoenix Ranch in Napa Valley, calls it “a magical vineyard” planted to Cinsault grapes that are “by far the most interesting I have ever worked with in California.” Bonny Doon’s famed owner, Randall Grahm, calls the vineyard “the future of California wine… if people can ever become civilized.” We’re talking.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s memorable 2012 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

February 13th, 2012
Lodi’s memorable 2012 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Nearly 5,000 lovers of love, life, chocolate and all the variations of lush, juicy Lodi wine cannot be wrong about Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend this past weekend, February 11-12, 2012. Just four of the many vinous and chocolate infused highlights that were enjoyed: 2009 Bokisch Lodi Tempranillo ($21) with churros and chocolate a la taza (“by the cup”) – A smack of new leather, a squeeze of fresh bing cherry, and a brush of silk on the cheek — what else for a wine that tastes like this with churros dipped in black chocolate? 2007 Van Ruiten Family Lodi.. VIEW MORE »

Oak Ridge is all about Lodi heart (and spice!)

February 8th, 2012
Oak Ridge is all about Lodi heart (and spice!)

If we told you that there is a successful 300,000 case Lodi winery owned by some of this American Viticultural Area’s oldest families, producing wines that are flying off store shelves across the U.S. as well as in European countries like Sweden, then you might say, “yep, Michael-David sure has grown.” But we’re not talking about the winery owned by Michael and David Phillips:  we’re talking about Oak Ridge Winery (a.k.a. ORW), which has quietly, almost stealthily, grown its brands – imaginatively bottled under fun, catchy labels like OZV, Moss Roxx, 3 Girls, and INTO ZIN – practically right from.. VIEW MORE »