Archive for April, 2013

Michael David’s annual Zinfandel growers tasting reveals east vs. west side distinctions

April 30th, 2013
Michael David’s annual Zinfandel growers tasting reveals east vs. west side distinctions

Michael David Winery hosted their yearly Grower Barrel Flight Tasting for their Zinfandel growers this past April 24 and 25 at the winery’s Bare Ranch facilities. This annual rite of Spring, organized Kevin Phillips –Michael David’s Vineyard Manager and VP of Operations – is put on to give the winery’s Zinfandel suppliers the opportunity to taste, and evaluate, over 60 of their own single-vineyard wine lots from the previous vintage, while the wines are still in a raw, unblemished state (without the influence of new or extended oak barrel aging).  The tasting is done “blind” – no one knows whose.. VIEW MORE »

Good vibrations at the upcoming 2013 Lodi ZinFest

April 23rd, 2013
Good vibrations at the upcoming 2013 Lodi ZinFest

It may be all about the luscious, juicy Zinfandel and plethora of fun, contemporary, alternative style wines at the 2013 Lodi ZinFest.  But it’s also about the truly good vibrations — great wine lovin’ folks like you and me, groovin’ under the giant willows and oaks of Lodi Lake Park, plus the music… always, there must be good-time music at Lodi’s annual ZinFest, taking place this coming May 18, 2013. Here’s what will be going down on that Saturday in the Park… PIANO BAR BY THE LAKE  2-5 PM – The ZinFest Piano Bar Back by popular demand!  Wine lovers can.. VIEW MORE »

Watts ups the ante with pure Chardonnays, a classic Zinfandel & adventurous Montepulciano

April 19th, 2013
Watts ups the ante with pure Chardonnays, a classic Zinfandel & adventurous Montepulciano

Quietly, pretty much under the radar, Watts Winery & Vineyards has been growing before our eyes.  From 1999 to 2011, Watts was one of many winemaking tenets in Vino Piazza, near the little Lodi CDP of Lockeford.  At the Watts family’s “new” tasting room/winery on Locust Tree Rd., just south of Victor/Hwy. 12, Watts’ French-born and schooled winemaker, Franck Lambert, proudly showed off his new baby, sure to attract the oohs and ahs:  the 2012 Watts Upstream Lodi Chardonnay ($18). What’s so special about Watts’ Upstream Chardonnay?  Lots.  It is, to begin with, a more floral scented, sleek and moderately.. VIEW MORE »

Borra’s amazing Spring releases: the moonshine is the sunshine

April 16th, 2013
Borra’s amazing Spring releases:  the moonshine is the sunshine

It is so ironic:  that many contemporary American winemakers, who by resorting to Old World methodologies, are now considered to be the most daring winemakers of today.  The new style is the old style; or as The Youngbloods once sang, the moonshine is the sunshine, shining twenty minutes later… Do you have a “contemporary” taste in wine?  If so, you might be stunned by the latest releases from Borra Vineyards.  This may come as a surprise, since Borra is also the oldest bonded winery (in business since 1975!) in Lodi.  But if you have been under the impression that they make.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi vintners capture elusive joys of Tempranillo

April 10th, 2013
Lodi vintners capture elusive joys of Tempranillo

Are there wines capable of as much inexpressible intensity as those made from the black skinned Tempranillo grape?  Even wine geeks have difficulty putting a finger on exactly what makes a great Tempranillo appealing:  all you know is that it feels great, it tastes great, but more often than not, is very hard to describe. For instance, the 2010 Bokisch Vineyards Lodi Tempranillo ($21) – which represents this winery’s tenth (and probably their best!) vintage working with this native Spanish grape – is a delicious medium bodied red (meaning, not to heavy, not too light), exuding perfumes of baked berry.. VIEW MORE »