Archive for December, 2012

Markus Bokisch looks back at 2012

December 27th, 2012
Markus Bokisch looks back at 2012

Here at the end of 2012, it makes sense to catch up with Markus Bokisch, whose Bokisch Ranches have become one of the most important vineyard management companies in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (a.k.a. AVA). Bokisch Ranches is not the largest grower in Lodi – that would be companies like LangeTwins Family, John Kautz Farms, Vino Farms, the Dosio family’s Pacific Agri Lands, and a few others – but they are significant because of their upward growth despite increasing economic barriers (2,200 bearing acres of wine grapes, with another 900 acres in development), and because they sell to such.. VIEW MORE »

Wine tasting is mind tasting

December 20th, 2012
Wine tasting is mind tasting

When you taste wine or food, are you tasting with your nose and mouth, or your mind? Consider this:  in India, Hindu customers once marched against a dozen locations of McDonald’s; where, because of dietary restrictions, McDonald’s sells no beef product (only vegetable and lamb burgers).  What raised their ire?  They had heard about a lawsuit in the U.S. brought by a group of vegetarians against McDonald’s for flavoring their fries with a “natural flavor” derived from beef extract, which they the Hindus were also unknowingly consuming (see New York Times Archives on McDonald’s eventual settlement). What is interesting about this.. VIEW MORE »

The perfect holiday refresher: Sorelle Vin Brulé

December 18th, 2012
The perfect holiday refresher:  Sorelle Vin Brulé

In recent weeks, lucky visitors to Sorelle Winery have been treated to a special drink:  a classic mulled (or “spiced”) wine that Mike Scott and his family – owners and growers of this outstanding Lodi AVA winery, specializing in Italian varietals – have been calling Sorelle Vin Brulé. If we were the type to dish out numerical ratings, we’d give Sorelle’s Vin Brulé 100 points, based upon pure deliciousness and holiday spirit.   Our notes on the Vin Brulé:  dark raspberry color; warm and fuzzy temperature; pungent with comfy, wintry spices of cinnamon and clove, laced with snappy, pomegranate-like, citrus peel sensations; the.. VIEW MORE »

An ultimate Christmas gift: Lodi’s 12 most interesting wines of 2012

December 11th, 2012
An ultimate Christmas gift:  Lodi’s 12 most interesting wines of 2012

For Christmas, what do you give a Lodi wine lover who’s tried everything?  A full case (12 bottles) of Lodi’s 12 finest wines, of course. Herein lies the dilemma:  the Lodi wine industry has recently reached the point where it is simply an impossibility to pick Lodi’s “12 finest wines.”  There’s just too darned many of them! If anything, nowadays it’s more a matter of style and taste, when it comes to choosing the best.  For instance, take our recent blogpost on Lodi winemakers analyze 12 of their top Zinfandels, which makes this point:  the reality is that there are.. VIEW MORE »

Does price (and letting wines “breathe”) matter?

December 7th, 2012
Does price (and letting wines “breathe”) matter?

Does price affect the “quality” of wine?  Yes, indeed it do. At least according to results of a study that was released back in 2008, conducted by Antonio Rangel, Associate Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology (as reported by the Stanford Business Web site).  In this study, Rangel asked volunteers to blind-taste 5 different bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, and then rate their preferences. Rangel ran this taste test 15 times with 15 different groups, and the wines were always presented in random order. The only information given to the volunteer tasters was price tags.  However, two of.. VIEW MORE »