Archive for December, 2013

Best Lodi Wine Country photos of 2013 (part 1)

December 30th, 2013
Best Lodi Wine Country photos of 2013 (part 1)

Out of the thousands of photos we take of Lodi Wine Country each year, we do have our favorites:  photos that express the vivid realness, sense of family and heritage, the heroism, and sheer joy of Lodi grown wines, vines, and good times. Part 1 of our favorite photos of 2013:

The 10 most interesting blogs of 2013

December 27th, 2013
The 10 most interesting blogs of 2013

What are the lodiwine.com blogposts from the past twelve months that we love best?  Those would be the ones that explain exactly what makes Lodi AVA grown wines different from wines grown elsewhere in the world. Make no mistake:  with more than 80 bonded wineries in Lodi today (more than twice as much as just ten years ago), we are seeing more handcrafted, premium quality wines with Lodi on the label than ever before.  As a result, we are also starting to see more wines distinguished by sensory qualities unique to this American Viticultural Area — something that went largely unnoticed.. VIEW MORE »

The Ripken family’s “road less travelled” Christmas

December 20th, 2013
The Ripken family’s “road less travelled” Christmas

Ripken Vineyards & Winery – one of Lodi’s largest and most important growers – actually became a bonded winery because owner Richard “Rip” Ripken loved to play Santa Claus every year. According to Rip’s daughter, winemaker Susan Ripken, “My dad would go around during Christmas time and play Santa by handing out the wine we were making on the side to anyone he could think of.  Eventually we realized we were above our legally permitted gallons, and we needed to become a bonded winery before the government hauled my dad off to jail!” The Ripken family has their own holiday.. VIEW MORE »

Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

December 18th, 2013
Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

It’s the same for all wine regions that become known for certain wines… be it Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon; Sonoma, Santa Barbara or Willamette Valley for Pinot Noir; or Lodi for Zinfandel:  choosing what is “best” becomes more a matter of personal taste or preference. In other words, don’t believe numerical scores or “expert” ratings — that’s just nonsense.  A 95-point wine may be the worst tasting wine to you; whereas a wine that scores “just” 88 might be absolute perfection to your taste.  It’s a process (and a fun one!), but you have to figure what’s best for.. VIEW MORE »

Italian Christmas traditions with Sorelle’s Scott family

December 16th, 2013
Italian Christmas traditions with Sorelle’s Scott family

For the Scott family, who own and operate Sorelle Winery – one of Lodi’s most successful wineries in recent years – family is everything, and that’s the way they celebrate the Christmas season as well. The Sorelle estate is located on the site of the original plantation home built by Jonathan Dodge Holt in 1866, which the Scotts are in the process of lovingly restoring.  George West, who founded El Pinal Winery in the 1860s, helped Holt plant grapes on his farm; but by the time Mike Scott bought the property in 2007, the original plantings were long gone.  And.. VIEW MORE »