Archive for March, 2013

April events in Lodi – the finest time of the season

March 29th, 2013
April events in Lodi – the finest time of the season

“April is the cruellest month,” T.S. Eliot famously wrote.  True, for many of us the middle of April can be cruel, as in “taxing.”  Otherwise, what can be wrong about days that are not too warm and not too cold; when the sap is rising, flowers are blooming, birds are bursting in song, and promising green buds are popping on the grapevines? April in the Lodi American Viticultural Area usually means vigorously renewed activity in our wineries and vineyards.  For instance, Acquiesce Winery – virtually the only winery in Lodi that doesn’t specialize in red wines (instead, just refreshingly crisp,.. VIEW MORE »

The ZinFest Cooking School + Chef Ruben’s lamb cutlets & saffron allioli

March 26th, 2013
The ZinFest Cooking School + Chef Ruben’s lamb cutlets & saffron allioli

Where there is great wine, there is intense appreciation of the culinary arts; especially at the annual ZinFest Wine Festival, where you will be able to experience the finest wines produced by over 50 Lodi Wine Country wineries. At this year’s ZinFest – taking place Saturday, May 18, 2013 (12-5 PM) at Lodi Lake Park – the ZinFest Cooking School will be anchored by two of Lodi’s own: Chef Ruben Larrazolo of the acclaimed Alebrijes Mexican Bistro, and Gerardo Espinosa, winemaker of Viñedos Aurora. Chef Ruben and Mr. Espinosa have recently teamed up to open Viñedos Aurora at Pamplona Tapas in Downtown Lodi – a smart, contemporary style wine bar where Spanish inspired.. VIEW MORE »

Critics take notice of Zinfandel’s “coming of age”

March 21st, 2013
Critics take notice of Zinfandel’s “coming of age”

Up until only recently, according to wine journalist Rod Byers CWE, Zinfandel has been presented as “the Oakland Raiders of wine… loud, proud, unruly, and unapologetic.” But at this past January’s ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Grand Tasting, Byers noticed an increased “sophistication” in the Zinfandels.  In a report entitled Zinfandel grape comes of age, published this past March 6 in The Union, the Grass Valley (Western Nevada County) daily newspaper, Byers wrote:  “None (of the Zinfandels at this year’s ZAP) seemed overly alcoholic, sweet, or rough.  Only one could have been considered moderately tannic.  The wines were fruity, balanced,.. VIEW MORE »

Chillable Lodi wines for early Spring refreshment

March 19th, 2013
Chillable Lodi wines for early Spring refreshment

A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period — When March is scarcely here – Emily Dickinson Dickinson, like most of us, always felt a little divine power, and a little bit of madness, in the annual rites of Spring – green buds pushing frantically out of otherwise dead looking limbs or soft, rain soaked clearings. The sun is always more refreshing in Spring; blindingly bright because our eyes have yet to get accustomed to it, still without the brutally oppressive heat of the months to come. But with Spring light comes thirst, especially.. VIEW MORE »

The Grape Goddess® to speak at 2013 ZinFest

March 14th, 2013
The Grape Goddess® to speak at 2013 ZinFest

Not only is the annual ZinFest Wine Festival the perfect opportunity to taste the finest wines produced by over 50 Lodi wineries, but it’s also a great place to learn from the best. At this year’s ZinFest – taking place Saturday, May 18, 2013 (12-5 PM) at Lodi Lake Park – the ZinFest Wine School will be headlined by two incredible instant-wine-lessons given by none other than the Grape Goddess® herself:  Catherine Fallis, a Bay Area MS – or Master Sommelier. It’s not easy to be a Master Sommelier.  The blind tastings and examinations to become one are so rigorous,.. VIEW MORE »