Archive for April, 2012

Celebrate Lodi spring with 2011s & 50 salads at Wine & Roses

April 26th, 2012
Celebrate Lodi spring with 2011s & 50 salads at Wine & Roses

This Sunday, April 29, 2012, Wine & Roses – Lodi’s premier hotel, restaurant and spa destination – will host its first annual Spring of The Vine.  Or as Wine & Roses’ French born Chef Didier Gerbi puts it, Le Printemps des Vins. “This is a day about discovery as you taste wines and share passion and surprise with the winemakers themselves,” Didier explains.  Over two dozen of Lodi’s finest winemakers will be on hand in the hotel’s lush gardens to pour tastes of their most recent vintage:  2011 white wines and rosés, fresh and iced cold off their respective bottling lines… VIEW MORE »

Exotic wines, lush Delta & words from the Grape Goddess at 2012 ZinFest

April 24th, 2012
Exotic wines, lush Delta & words from the Grape Goddess at 2012 ZinFest

Why have more and more wine lovers been flocking to Lodi’s ZinFest Wine Festival, a yearly celebration taking place this year on Saturday, May 19, 2012 (12-5 PM)?  More than 6,000 attended last year’s festival, yet amazingly… It is never so much of a “crowd” than a gathering of people of like mind and palates, thanks to the ZinFest setting in Lodi Lake Park:  strolls over lush green grass crowned by giant cypress trees, with swans and ducks floating along the reedy Mokelumne River to one side and the postcard-pretty Lodi Lake to the other, the gentle Delta breezes soothing mind, body and soul. You.. VIEW MORE »

How Lodi caused Odisea’s “Temporary Insanity”

April 20th, 2012
How Lodi caused Odisea’s “Temporary Insanity”

I fought against the bottle But I had to do it drunk… – Leonard Cohen (That Don’t Make It Junk) The 2009 Odisea California Temporary Insanity ($30) is a perfect example of how some of California’s most original, and quixotic, wine producers get hooked on Lodi; and why winemakers consider this American Viticultural Area increasingly where it’s at when it comes to winegrowing derring-do. First, provenance:  the ’09 Temporary Insanity consisting of 84% Tempranillo from Gregg Lewis’ rolling hillside vineyard in the Clements Hills AVA (locals can see fantasy style murals of the vineyard in Lewis’ Dancing Fox Winery & Bakery.. VIEW MORE »

LangeTwins’ SLEWS project: waking up to smell the mugwort

April 17th, 2012
LangeTwins’ SLEWS project:  waking up to smell the mugwort

LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards has been among the Lodi AVA’s leaders in Lodi Rules certified sustainable winegrowing.  During the past eight years they  have also devoted some 10 acres north of their winery on E. Jahant Rd., plus another 10 acres on their Sandpoint property along the Mokelumne River, to habitat restoration projects in association with SLEWS – Center for Land-Based Learning‘s Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program –which engages local high school students in the winery’s conservation efforts. SLEWS also exposes the students to natural resources professionals furnished by the National Audubon Society who act as guides and.. VIEW MORE »

Fields Family’s latest midnight smokin’ wines

April 12th, 2012
Fields Family’s latest midnight smokin’ wines

But to live outside the law, you must be honest… – Bob Dylan (Absolutely Sweet Marie) Lodi’s Fields Family Wines has released what might be considered the region’s first Super Tuscan style wine:  the 2010 Fields Family Lodi Il Ladro ($25). Why il ladro – Italian for “the thief”?  The story goes back some six, seven years ago, when co-proprietor/winemaker Russ Fields was just getting into winemaking as an avid amateur.  As part of his self-training, Fields used to “liberate” tiny bits of fruit that had gone unpicked (hence, tragically wasted) in neighboring vineyards in somewhat surreptitious fashion.  There have been.. VIEW MORE »