Archive for September, 2012

Lodi’s 2012 harvest thus far: ideal pace & patience

September 28th, 2012
Lodi’s 2012 harvest thus far:  ideal pace & patience

Although the Lodi vintners began picking white wine grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho in August, and Zinfandel as early as the first week of September, so far the 2012 harvest has been a little more mañana and a little less of the usual frenzied poco loco.  There was a slight spike in activity in Lodi vineyards and wineries this past week (September 23-28), but so far vintage 2012 in Lodi Wine Country has been a surprisingly calm, methodical affair. But like all vintages, there have been anomalies.  Perhaps most unusual, much of the American Viticultural Area’s Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.. VIEW MORE »

This October 6: LoCA Uncorked (Lodi winefest) roars in with Blue Angels o’er Treasure Island

September 24th, 2012
This October 6:  LoCA Uncorked (Lodi winefest) roars in with Blue Angels o’er Treasure Island

There once was an artist formerly known as Prince who is now known as… Prince. Well, there once was a yearly event in October known as the Treasure Island WineFest that is now known as LoCA Uncorked – The Best of Lodi California Wines… and why not?  Like a Prince by any other name, these annual affairs are one and the same and not 2b 4gotten:  taking place on beautiful Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and featuring the wines of California’s Lodi AVA – a Delta climate wine region growing in international prestige seemingly by the.. VIEW MORE »

Mystery wine for the ages: the 2010 Borra Heritage red

September 18th, 2012
Mystery wine for the ages:  the 2010 Borra Heritage red

Part of being a winemaker in Lodi, evidently, is being a prognosticator; albeit, no spooky powers necessary – just good sense. During the first week of October 2010, on the day that Steve Borra, and his Borra Vineyards field manager Manuel Maldonado picked the grapes going into their yearly “field blend,” Borra winemaker Markus Niggli took one look at the fruit coming in – plump and bursting with vivid, zesty flavors – and pronounced the quality “fantastic,” and confidently predicted, “2010 will be a great vintage” (re our original October 14, 2010 blogpost, Rhapsody in red). And now, drum roll.. VIEW MORE »

Interview with George Mettler: the patriarch of Harney Lane

September 13th, 2012
Interview with George Mettler:  the patriarch of Harney Lane

The latest wine by Harney Lane Winery – a red wine bottled as the Harney Lane Lodi Patriarch’s Promise ($40) – is as special as any that this acclaimed winery has ever made:  thick and chewy with dense, yet perfectly smooth, flavors of dried trail-mix berries, spiced with cinnamon, cracked pepper and, strangely enough, aromatic suggestions of fennel root and loamy earth, veering towards a mushroomy broth; at the same time, brightly fruited and full bodied, without tasting weighty or ponderous. Patriarch’s Promise is also three other things:  1) a non-vintaged blend of some of the winery’s best red wines,.. VIEW MORE »

Early days of harvest in Lodi

September 10th, 2012
Early days of harvest in Lodi

Of yearly harvests, Carl Sandburg once waxed poetic: Under the summer roses When the flagrant crimson Lurks in the dusk Of the wild red leaves, Love, with little hands, Comes and touches you With a thousand memories, And asks you Beautiful, unanswerable questions. … and some of our own memories of the first few weeks of Lodi’s 2012 harvest: