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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 »

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

April 4th, 2014
Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

  The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented.  At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don’t.. VIEW MORE »

ZinFest Wine School will explore Lodi’s wonderful diversity of wines

April 2nd, 2014
ZinFest Wine School will explore Lodi’s wonderful diversity of wines

The Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival has never been just about Zinfandel.  It’s always been about the huge variety of wines grown and produced in the Lodi AVA. At this year’s ZinFest, taking place Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) in Lodi Lake Park, two of California’s leading wine educators and professional wine judges will lead ZinFest Wine School tastings, addressing the amazing array of alternative style wines now being produced by Lodi’s artisanal wineries.  Re: 1:00 – 1:40 PM 
 LODI’S IMPRESSIVE DIVERSITY OF REDS Ellen Landis – a distinguished Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Specialist, and owner of Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn – leads you on.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi “Outsiders” joining “Natives” at 2014 ZinFest Wine School

March 18th, 2014
Lodi “Outsiders” joining “Natives” at 2014 ZinFest Wine School

Don’t look now, but the annual Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival is nigh upon us; this year, taking place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) at the bucolic Lodi Lake Park. This is Lodi’s biggest, most broadening, and undoubtedly funnest event of the year; but don’t let the name fool you:  it’s not just about Zinfandel.  The Lodi AVA also specializes in bodacious Cabernet Sauvignon, stupendous Petite Sirah, exotic Albariño and Alicante Bouschet, esoteric Verdelho and Verdejo, soulful Tempranillo and gregarious Graciano, elegant Grenache Noir and sumptuous Grenache Blanc, toothsome Touriga, graceful Chardonnay, regal Roussanne, prickly Picpoul, flirtatious Moscato, bombastic Barbera,.. VIEW MORE »