Archive for January, 2013

Acclaimed Mikami Zinfandel is culmination of 100 years of undaunted Lodi farming

January 31st, 2013
Acclaimed Mikami Zinfandel is culmination of 100 years of undaunted Lodi farming

One of the finest Zinfandels made in California today is one that even the most devoted Zinfandel lovers never heard of:  made by Mikami Vineyards, sourced from a 15-acre vineyard owned by Jason Mikami, located on the west side of Lodi’s historic Mokelumne River AVA. Mr. Mikami grew up on the family farm in the seventies and eighties, but branched out on his own as an adult – establishing a successful career in the tech industry (particularly in Interactive television and cloud computing).  He now lives in the Bay Area, but maintains the same Sargent Rd. vineyard property originally purchased by his parents, Jim.. VIEW MORE »

8 romantic things to do in Lodi, and February hotel specials

January 28th, 2013
8 romantic things to do in Lodi, and February hotel specials

Being in Lodi Wine Country  is always romantic enough.  The folks at Lodi’s luxurious, four-star Wine & Roses Hotel would tell you that – if you happen to walk in with someone you’re just dating, there’s a high percentage chance that you’ll walk out engaged or significantly more committed.  In Lodi, love is in the air, or is it the water or wine? If you’re ready for that – why not?  What the world needs now, after all, is more love, not oceans, mountains or moonbeams. With that in mind, Nancy Beckman, President/CEO of Visit Lodi!, and  her staff have helped us.. VIEW MORE »

An insider’s guide to Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend

January 24th, 2013
An insider’s guide to Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend

True lovers of wine, food and life:  Lodi’s 16th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend is just around the corner; taking place February 9 & 10, 2013 (both days, 11 AM-4 PM), when over 40 of Lodi Wine Country wineries roll out the Valentine’s-red carpets to their doors to show off their richest, juiciest wines with decadent chocolates and other delectables, lots of live music, direct-from-barrel tastings, art exhibits, professional photo portraits, and more… It is literally a party scene nearly everywhere you go in Lodi during these two days (look here for a good,, printable Lodi Wine Country Wine Trail Map). .. VIEW MORE »

Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

January 22nd, 2013
Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Out of thousands upon thousands of other wines, one little Lodi winery received one of only six “Sweepstake” awards given out by 2013 San Francisco Wine Competition; an honor voted on by some of the most discriminating wine judges in the world. Ron Justice, the man-Friday who does much of the work at the Sorelle Winery estate, located at an historic site (the Dodge House, built in 1866) at the south end of the Lodi AVA, says “we were as surprised as anyone to hear that our 2011 Sangiovese Rosato won a Sweepstake award at the San Francisco Chronicle competition, but.. VIEW MORE »

Culinary orgy of Lodi wines & chocolate dishes in San Francisco’s Naked Kitchen

January 16th, 2013
Culinary orgy of Lodi wines & chocolate dishes in San Francisco’s Naked Kitchen

Lodi Wine Country’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend (our 16th Annual!) is nigh upon us, this coming February 9 & 10, 2013! To get the our juices flowing, this past January 9 Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, invited eight influential members of the Northern California media to an intimate dinner in San Francisco’s Naked Kitchen – an underground eatery of sorts, housed in a classic Valencia St. Victorian, where chefs and artists gather for periodic exchanges of nourishing ideas. For this particular occasion, Mr. King asked Joshua Oakley – one of the Bay Area’s more talented underground chefs.. VIEW MORE »