Archive for July, 2012

Finicky Graciano grape achieves mini-cult status in Lodi’s Clements Hills

July 30th, 2012
Finicky Graciano grape achieves mini-cult status in Lodi’s Clements Hills

It was during one of their first trips to Spain when Rick and Erin Taylor first tasted a wine made from the Graciano grape, right from a barrel in a little bodega (winery).  “We were blown away,” says Mr. Taylor.  “It was unlike anything else we’d ever tasted.” Later, when the Taylors discovered that Markus and Liz Bokisch were growing Graciano here in Lodi, where the Taylors were also living, “we knew we had to make that wine.” Hence, the birth of the Taylors’ Riaza Wines, one of Lodi’s newest wineries (est. 2011), and the upcoming release of the 2010.. VIEW MORE »

Michael David easy-skankin’ at their annual REGGAE & RHONE concert

July 25th, 2012
Michael David easy-skankin’ at their annual REGGAE & RHONE concert

Oh lord, stuck in Lodi has never been so irie, mon… Michael David Winery continues with their 10th annual REGGAE & RHONE concert (Saturday, August 18, 6 PM), which will include an unbelievable Rhone style wine tasting under the winery’s gigantic weeping willow tree, a full-on Caribbean style barbecue dinner (by Stockton’s Breadfruit Tree), and the authentically Jamaican, so-jah-say, dem-belly-full, lively-up-yourself (and don’t say no!) sounds of Mystic Bowie and his band. Make no mistake:  this will be the Delta’s skankingest event of the year! So while we’re talking about it, let’s go over the line-up of outstanding, multi-award winning Michael.. VIEW MORE »

Summer concerts to remember in Lodi Wine Country

July 23rd, 2012
Summer concerts to remember in Lodi Wine Country

Summer is here and the time is right for dancing… in the vineyards. Temperatures may be on the rise, but think about how dull life was five, six months ago, when skies were gray and the chill was numbing – not exactly conducive to kicking off of shoes, showing some skin, and letting pillowy piles of green grass massage your feet.  All the more reason to enjoy the sounds, rays and wines of summer featured at the following special events put on by Lodi wineries. Please note:  in all of the following venues outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed, and.. VIEW MORE »

Pasos Tannat can crank up summer grills

July 19th, 2012
Pasos Tannat can crank up summer grills

Tannat is not a wine grape to be trifled with.  Its black-purplish color can be intimidating, and its thick, tannin laden texture a mountainous affair.  If none of that bothers you in a red wine, then you can, to paraphrase Jimi Hendrix, chop it down with the edge of your hand.  Maybe pick up all the pieces and make an island, like a kid playing with food on the plate. At least that’s what Antonio Pasos seems like:  a winemaker shaping iconoclastic wines seemingly out of mounds of sand.  Mr. Pasos works out of his Pasos Vineyards winery in Vino.. VIEW MORE »

ZAP’s upcoming Grille O’Rama speaks to Zinfandel’s barbecued soul

July 17th, 2012
ZAP’s upcoming Grille O’Rama speaks to Zinfandel’s barbecued soul

ZAP – the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers organization that has done more to popularize the joys of California Zinfandel than anything in the world, apart from the wines themselves – knows where its bread is buttered. Zinfandel has become an everyday go-to beverage around the world (they’re even rocking with it in places as far-off as Shanghai and Stockholm, Berlin and Bombay…) not just because the grape produces a truly fine and delicious red wine, but also because at its very essence is the bare naked fact:  Zinfandel makes an incredible barbecue wine. We love barbecue, the Swedes and Chinese.. VIEW MORE »