Archive for February, 2013

Neyers Vista Luna Zinfandel perfectly suits contemporary tastes

February 28th, 2013
Neyers Vista Luna Zinfandel perfectly suits contemporary tastes

When certain vintners speak, many others are listening.  Bruce Neyers, who has owned the acclaimed Napa Valley based Neyers Vineyards (tucked into Conn Valley, in the eastern mountains surrounding the shimmering Lake Hennessey) since 1992, has recently been spreading the word to his legions of wine savvy followers, in every state from Hawai`i to New York:  there is Zinfandel unlike any other being grown in Lodi’s eastern hills. The 2011 Neyers Vista Luna Vineyard Lodi Zinfandel ($24) is, by all definitions of the varietal, a beaut.  That is to say, not a beast.  Its medium-full body has a very refined,.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi icon leaves legacy of uncompromised quality & character

February 21st, 2013
Lodi icon leaves legacy of uncompromised quality & character

Hundreds of related family, friends and colleagues gathered at Vinewood Community Church and Harney Lane Winery today to remember and celebrate the life of George Mettler (born March 14, 1943), who passed away this past February 15, 2013 (please see our September 2013 post, the patriarch of Harney Lane). In many ways, the Harney Lane Lodi Patriarch’s Promise ($40) – a varietal blend sourced from grapes grown on the winery property, from four vintages (2007 through 2010) – is a direct reflection of the man, for whom home, love, laughter, family (and just below that, farming and fly fishing) loomed.. VIEW MORE »

Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

February 19th, 2013
Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

Getting a gold medal at each January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a big deal because it has been involving over 5,500 wines submitted from more than 25 states; making this easily the largest single judging of American wines in the world.  Also because the Bay Area wine professionals doing the judging are among the best in the world (also see our previous post, Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton). All wine judgings, as it were, are direct reflections of the taste of the individuals doing the judging – no more, no less. .. VIEW MORE »

A Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend one couple will never forget…

February 13th, 2013
A Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend one couple will never forget…

Some 5,000 Lodi wine lovers flocked to Lodi Wine Country during this past February 9-10’s Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Among those thousands was Carrie Fleming of Stockton, who was enjoying her third consecutive Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend.  To Miss Fleming, the combination of Lodi wines, chocolates, and the company of her longtime boyfriend, Dustin Winkler, has always been so special, she has been making a collage each year:  having a picture of the two of them taken in front of each winery, then making a map of the Lodi wine region with the photos marking the spot of.. VIEW MORE »

Somms, truffles & epicurians: ZAP & Zinfandels have come a long way, baby

February 7th, 2013
Somms, truffles & epicurians:  ZAP & Zinfandels have come a long way, baby

Another ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Grand Tasting has come and gone, this past February 2, 2013 in San Francisco. After 22 years, ZAP’s annual Grand Tasting has morphed into an extremely civilized affair, which is now reflected in the wines themselves:  partly because of relatively cooler temperatures of recent California harvests (2010 and 2011), and partly because of swelling consumer/media grumblings about Zinfandels being too high in alcohol and lacking balance or elegance. You may ask, since when is Zinfandel supposed to be “elegant?”  The fact remains:  many of the Zinfandels poured at ZAP last Saturday seemed more squarely.. VIEW MORE »