Archive for May, 2014

Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

May 28th, 2014
Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAD IT RIGHT Summer is three weeks away (June 21, 2014); but lately, it sure has felt like it has already arrived. Time was, when the weather caught fire, wine lovers would suddenly reach for ice-chilled bottles of fizzy Portuguese rosés in cute little bottles that could be turned into cheesy lamps or vases.  But that was grandma and grandpa.  Their kids discovered the joys of “Riunite on ice,” domestic Chenin Blanc, and later on, White Zinfandel or Chardonnays that were dryer than Chenin Blancs, but seemingly just as fruity. What are today’s younger adults thirsting for?  More and more of them seem to be gravitating.. VIEW MORE »

A tribute to a family patriarch: Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

May 23rd, 2014
A tribute to a family patriarch:  Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Petite Sirah (40%) sourced completely from the 40-acre Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers – Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo. Despite the Don Victor’s swarthy masculinity, there is also a sweet note of blueberryish fruit singing the wine’s sun bronzed Lodi origin, while mildly smoky, vanillin French oak adds a brush of elegance – think of a smiling, raggedy haired Viggo Mortensen in a velvet jacket, right about to.. VIEW MORE »

Photo memories: ZinFest is more than about wine, it’s about the people of Lodi

May 20th, 2014
Photo memories:  ZinFest is more than about wine, it’s about the people of Lodi

Who comes to Lodi for its annual ZinFest?  At least 4,000 devotees of Delta grown grapes each year. To be more specific, Lodi wine lovers coming from as far away as Florida, Texas, New York and Colorado; plus, in 2014, exactly 38 of them from Vancouver, Canada… For Warren Lemcke, a Deputy Police Chief in Vancouver, and his wife Lisa Lemcke, it all started eight years ago when they tasted their first bottle of Michael David Winery’s 7 Deadly Zins.  “We enjoyed it so much that we decided to visit Lodi to see if we could find more,” Mr. Lemcke.. VIEW MORE »

Da’ music and green, green grass of Lodi ZinFest

May 15th, 2014
Da’ music and green, green grass of Lodi ZinFest

At ZinFest Wine Festival, Lodi grown wines set the stage, the towering weeping willows and ancient valley oaks make the scene, and the green, green grass of Lodi Lake Park makes for a one, giant, lush, pillowy carpet for your feet, which you always find movin’ with the groovin’ of the music that fills the air. Here’s what will be happening this coming Saturday at 2014′s really-big-show: THE ZINFEST PIANO BAR  2-5 PM – Joe Spraker Back by popular demand, pianist/vocalist Joe Spraker will take to his own stage and get ZinFest bibbers sipping, singing and even dancing to his.. VIEW MORE »

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar is a cozy corner for wine lovers

May 13th, 2014
Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar is a cozy corner for wine lovers

Wine tasting is fun; and good wine, sipped in healthy moderation, stimulates both mind and body.  And so naturally, good wines also perk conversation, ushering moments of eloquence or, at the very least, some semblance of sanity in our lives – just the thing to unwind, tune in, and drop out, if only for a few glorious minutes. Which is why, when the Scott family of Lodi’s Sorelle Winery and the Marks family of Clarksburg’s Six Hands Winery (who also source grapes from Lodi) decided to come together to establish a tasting room in Downtown Lodi, they were determined to.. VIEW MORE »