Archive for August, 2012

Allowing heritage vines to speak their piece in !ZaZin & REDS

August 30th, 2012
Allowing heritage vines to speak their piece in !ZaZin & REDS

Patrick Campbell – who lives in Santa Rosa, CA, and is the owner/vineyard manager of Tierra Divina Vineyards – sources grapes from his two favorite places in the world:  the Mendoza region in Argentina, and the Lodi American Viticultural Area of California. As such, Campbell is a busy man, since the grape harvest in Mendoza takes place mostly in March-April of each year; and in Lodi, September-October.  As we speak, Campbell is working his craft in Argentina.  Two weeks ago (early August), Campbell was in Lodi, doing what he does a half-dozen times during each growing season — walking up.. VIEW MORE »

Hunters Oak’s red wines carving out their own niche

August 28th, 2012
Hunters Oak’s red wines carving out their own niche

The cool thing about Estate Crush, located in Downtown Lodi, is that a number of small lot growers’ wines are produced (as well as sold) there.  Third generation Lodi farmer Ross Schmiedt has his Twisted Roots wines made at Estate Crush; so does Bob Lauchland, who has been having fun with his whimsical Crazy Legs and Jubilee labels. One of Estate Crush’s first clients, when it started up in 2009, was Derek and Claudia Halecky, who have been bottling a few hundred cases a year under their Hunters Oak label – named after a giant oak tree (at least 300.. VIEW MORE »

Road Trip! (passport to celebrating California Wine Month in Lodi)

August 23rd, 2012
Road Trip! (passport to celebrating California Wine Month in Lodi)

Most of the cats that you meet on the streets speak of true love, Most of the time they’re sittin’ and cryin’ at home…  Truckin’, like the do-dah man… – Grateful Dead Jenny Heitman, our marketing maven at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, goes all farklemt when she talks about what the Lodi growers and wineries have cooked up as part of Discover California’s official California Wine Month this coming September 1 through October 6, 2012:  a LoCA Road Trip calendar chock-full of fun exciting, illuminating stuff, complete with a LoCA Road Trip Passport that will get you into everything either for.. VIEW MORE »

Michael David does the reggay and Rhone…

August 20th, 2012
Michael David does the reggay and Rhone…

There’s a word we used to use in Jamaica called ‘streggae’.  If a gal is walking and the guys look at her and say “Man, she’s streggae” it means she don’t dress well, she look raggedy.  The girls would say that about the men too.  This one morning me and my two friends were playing and I said,”’okay man, let’s do the reggay.”  It was just something that came out of my mouth.  So we just start singing “Do the reggay, do the reggay” and created a beat.  – Toots Hibbert (Toots & the Maytals) Is there any music that.. VIEW MORE »

Photographic report on start of Lodi’s 2012 harvest

August 16th, 2012
Photographic report on start of Lodi’s 2012 harvest

This past Tuesday, August 14, we spent a day checking out the progress of Lodi‘s 2012 crop; which, in fact, was already underway — at least in the Vista Luna Vineyard in Lodi’s Jahant AVA, where we found Markus and Liz Bokisch hand picking Verdelho for their Bokisch Vineyards brand, a select group of their small batch artisanal winemaker/clients (Odisea, Forlorn Hope, Kongsgaard, and The Scholium Project), as well as machine picking Verdelho for one of their bigger clients (Constellation Brands). According to Mr. Bokisch, the past week’s most recent heat wave (just topping 100° F.) shot up the sugar readings of.. VIEW MORE »