Archive for April, 2014

For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

April 26th, 2014
For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

  For the Love of Culinary Grapes Do you enjoy alternative style wines veering off from the usual heavy handed, ripe or oaky style typical of “California” wine?  Then  you should seriously consider attending the Grand Wine Tasting sponsored by TAPAS – that is, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society – this Sunday, June 27, 2012 (2-5 PM) in San Francisco’s Goldent Gate Club at The Presidio. TAPAS, which is all about appreciation of wines made from grapes native to Spain and/or Portugal, is turning out to be a very good thing for jaded wine lovers.  Especially if you prefer a.. VIEW MORE »

Spring flings by Bokisch – a house built by Albariño, and much more

April 22nd, 2014
Spring flings by Bokisch – a house built by Albariño, and much more

  “Lodi proves to be perfect for Albariño,” is the heading of Bokisch Vineyards’ latest blog on their Web site. “The Albariño grape is originally from the Rías Baixas wine region in Galicia, Spain,” they go on to explain; “an area that is characterized by wet, foggy winters and mild summers.  Not necessarily an obvious choice for transplanting to Lodi, but it turns out it was a smart choice.  Many great wines are being produced from Lodi AVA and its sub-regions. “ With going on 15 vintages of Albariño bottlings under their belt, Bokisch Vineyards can be accurately described as.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

April 17th, 2014
Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March. All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent.  The particulars… 4:00-4:40 PM – ZinFest Wine School:  The Lodi Native Project Moderated by Randy Caparoso – The SOMM Journal & lodiwine.com Tim Holdener – Macchia Wines.. VIEW MORE »

Eight years of ZinFest poster’s red haired muse

April 14th, 2014
Eight years of ZinFest poster’s red haired muse

  Lodi ZinFest is celebrating its 10th year in 2014.  The beautiful, mysterious “red headed girl” depicted in each year’s ZinFest poster is making only her eighth appearance; but now, what would any ZinFest be without her? The ZinFest posters are the brainchild of artist Vince McIndoe, who is currently living in Korea.  If the artwork reminds you of works from the Belle Époque – the “Beautiful Age” in French and Belgian history immediately following World War I, marked by optimism and burst of artistic creativity – you are not mistaken.  Says Mr. McIndoe, “When designing my posters, I am.. VIEW MORE »

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

April 10th, 2014
Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

This past March 2014 Acquiesce Vineyards opened its tasting room doors once again, after being closed for over four months.  Why the down time?  For one, it’s because their wines – all white wines, except for one rosé, made from estate grown Rhône Valley (i.e. Southern French) grapes – have been selling out within a few months of being released.  They’re that good. It’s also because they haven’t been making much – less than 1,000 cases each year, since their first commercial vintage (2011).  But mostly because they’ve hit upon a style that has struck a chord with more and.. VIEW MORE »