Archive for November, 2012

The many faces of Lodi in 2012 (part 2)

November 30th, 2012
The many faces of Lodi in 2012 (part 2)

There is strength and perseverance in Lodi faces — borne out of long hours under the sun, or when pinched by wintry chill — as well as wisdom and the signs of sheer joy that that are part and parcel of the Delta‘s main industry:  wine grapes. In 2012 the Lodi American Viticultural Area took another giant leap in the world of fine wine, topped off by a harvest that may have been the region’s best ever:  grapes ripening under perfect, trouble-free conditions, and in sufficient enough quantities to allow prolonged, steady maturation (during years when  yields are cut short.. VIEW MORE »

East side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

November 27th, 2012
East side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

Part 2 of our autumn paen to Zinfandel: In 1991, some 700 of Lodi’s grape growers came together to form the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (since shortened to Lodi Winegrape Commission).  At that point in time, according to the Commission’s former executive director, Mark Chandler, “the trade and consumers viewed Lodi as a jug wine region, despite the fact that even then we were the largest producer of premium quality wine grapes in the state, which we still are.” Today wine bottles bearing the Lodi appellation are seen on retail shelves and fine dining restaurant wine lists across the nation, and.. VIEW MORE »

The many faces of Lodi in 2012 (part 1)

November 25th, 2012
The many faces of Lodi in 2012 (part 1)

As we approach the end of another auspicious year in Lodi‘s wine country, it is as good a time as any to revisit the first half of 2012 with some of our favorite images of the people who are making this American Viticultural Area what it is:  one of the most exciting (no longer just one of the most prolific) winegrowing regions in the world. Part 1 of our Many faces of Lodi:

Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

November 20th, 2012
Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

This is the first of three consecutive parts of an autumn paen to Zinfandel.   That is, Lodi‘s special Zinfandels… Not too long ago, when people said “Zinfandel,” they usually meant something pink and sweet.  But those days are gone; and aside from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, virtually no winery in Lodi makes a (now) old fashioned, fruity White Zinfandel.  Zinfandel is back to being a red wine, period. The styles of Zinfandel, however, have undergone a few transitions since the White Zinfandel craze.  Before Zinfandel became pink, varietal bottlings of red Zinfandel tended to be fairly light, soft in tannin, and.. VIEW MORE »

The Phillips family’s turkey day run & killer chestnut stuffing

November 15th, 2012
The Phillips family’s turkey day run & killer chestnut stuffing

“We are not very exciting when it comes to Thanksgiving,” says David Phillips, co-owner and president of Lodi’s Michael David Winery. Instead, what Mr. Phillips does – together with his wife Corene, and two sons Connor and Joseph – is wake up early every Thanksgiving morning, and hit the pavement in the Run and Walk Against Hunger in Downtown Stockton, benefitting the Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank.  Par for the course for a family who also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and competing in triathlons together. Then after this year’s Thanksgiving run, they will go home and prepare a $700 turkey… VIEW MORE »