Archive for October, 2012

Tom Hoffman goes against the grain at Heritage Oak

October 30th, 2012
Tom Hoffman goes against the grain at Heritage Oak

Like his wines, Heritage Oak Winery’s Tom Hoffman has never been one for hyperbole or false deprecation:  he just says it like it is; and if it makes sense, that’s the way he does it. One thing you can always depend upon when enjoying a Lodi grown Heritage Oak wine:  it will taste pretty much like the grapes it is made from, along with the vintage conditions shaping its sensations. Of the 2012 harvest so far, Mr. Hoffman tells us that this has been an “abundant” year – “I’m going to end up with more wine than I have barrels.. VIEW MORE »

At Peirano, the power of believing – and the famous Red Shorts

October 25th, 2012
At Peirano, the power of believing – and the famous Red Shorts

As of Thursday, October 25, 2012, there are still grapes to be picked in Lodi, despite the dark weather and downpour at the start of the past week. Meanwhile, the memo came in Monday (October 22) from Peirano Estate Vineyards, a property originally planted by an Italian immigrant named Giacomo Peirano in the 1890s:  Lance Randolph – Giacomo’s descendent, and current Peirano winemaker/owner – has taken off his red shorts!  Wrote Mr. Randolph: We finished harvest on Saturday.  I put my jeans on yesterday (we got the cover crop planted before the rain).  I did notice they are a bit.. VIEW MORE »

Silvaspoons Souzão picked for the prestigious R label

October 23rd, 2012
Silvaspoons Souzão picked for the prestigious R label

“It will be a European style vintage for the Souzão this year,” says Ron Silva.  While picking his Souzão grapes in his Silvaspoons Vineyards in Lodi’s Alta Mesa AVA last week Thursday (October 18), Mr. Silva elaborated on one of the peculiarities of the 2012 vintage: “The sugar readings of the Souzão are in the 21.5°, 22° range (in terms of Brix), whereas in past years it’s been a couple of degrees higher.”  Plucking a grape from a Souzão cluster, Silva points out, “you can see how the skin is already slipping off.”  Popping the grape into his mouth and.. VIEW MORE »

Viñedos Aurora’s 2010 reds are ripped & rich as a box of chocolates

October 18th, 2012
Viñedos Aurora’s 2010 reds are ripped & rich as a box of chocolates

Last week Thursday (October 11) Viñedos Aurora – on the western edge of Lodi’s Clements Hills AVA, near the little town of Lockeford – began their 2012 harvest, starting with their Petite Sirah, followed (two days later) by their estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The quality of the Petite Sirah grapes, according to Viñedos Aurora winemaker Gerardo Espinosa, looks “a little more intense than previous years,” due primarily to a more dedicated regime of deficit irrigation.  This has resulted in a 2012 harvest of smaller clusters and berries – higher skin-go-juice ratios, which tend to increase flavors while favoring a better.. VIEW MORE »

Phillips Farms finishing up on “phenomenal” 2012 harvest

October 16th, 2012
Phillips Farms finishing up on “phenomenal” 2012 harvest

If you’ve seen Kevin Phillips – Michael David Winery’s VP of Operations, and sixth generation Lodi farmer – walking around lately, you probably noticed a big smile on his face.  Like he’s just inhaled one of Phillips Farms’ surrealistic-pillowy grape pies, or taken in a fresh load of aromatic compost (hey, so Lodi farmers have slightly different predilections). But what’s actually gotten Mr. Phillips turned on is Lodi’s 2012 wine grape harvest, which he’s calling “phenomenal.”  Mind you, farmers are by nature glass-half-empty types – dealing with the harsh realities regularly dished out by Mother Nature comes with the territory.. VIEW MORE »