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Borra is releasing an intriguing Lodi Vermentino

February 26th, 2015
Borra is releasing an intriguing Lodi Vermentino

  Among the many alternative white wine grapes cultivated in Lodi in recent years, Vermentino might hold the most intriguing promise. Number one, because Vermentino is native to Europe’s Mediterranean Basin, and the Lodi AVA’s climate is squarely Mediterranean; meaning, summers are warm and dry, and winters are cold and usually a little wet. The climate of California’s coastal regions, from Sonoma County and Napa Valley all the way down to Santa Barbara County, is also classified as Mediterranean. Number two, because Vermentino is one of those golden tinted grapes with a thick enough skin to grow well under temperate,.. VIEW MORE »

Celebrated winemaker David Ramey releases his first Lodi grown Kerner

February 23rd, 2015
Celebrated winemaker David Ramey releases his first Lodi grown Kerner

  David Ramey, owner of the acclaimed, Sonoma-based David Ramey Wine Cellars – known for peerless Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons – has been one of America’s most respected winemakers since the 1980s and ‘90s, when he did groundbreaking work at wineries like Matanzas Creek Winery, Chalk Hill Estate, and “super” Napa Valley wineries like Dominus Estate and Rudd Oakville Estate. Now, with that legacy intact, Mr. Ramey feels like he is ready for the next phase in his celebrated wine career, as the producer of a new brand called Sidebar Cellars, specializing in wines like (wait for it)… Kerner, grown on the east side.. VIEW MORE »

Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

February 18th, 2015
Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

  Everybody knows that the best Zinfandels come from ancient, gnarly, head trained vines. Not. Try telling that to Jason Mikami, the owner/grower of Lodi’s Mikami Vineyards. Or to Mr. Mikami’s Vineyard Manager, Mike Manna – President/CEO of Manna Ranch Inc., one of Lodi’s most important vineyard management companies (cultivating over 2,600 acres) – or Kian Tavakoli, Mikami’s talented winemaker, who is based in Napa Valley. Mr. Mikami’s 15-acre Zinfandel vineyard was planted by Manna Ranch in 2006. The vineyard is located on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA, the historic heart of Lodi wine country; but instead.. VIEW MORE »

The fruits of Borra’s Manuel Maldonado’s labors

February 17th, 2015
The fruits of Borra’s Manuel Maldonado’s labors

  Wine, it is often said, is made in the vineyard. Which sometimes brings up the jocular comment: then why the heck do we need wineries? Well, good wine does come out of wineries. But it also needs hands – lots and lots of hands of men and women with the work ethic, talent and creative juices to turn grapes into something magical in the glass. And those hands aren’t needed only in a winery. It starts in the dirt, or sticking mud, out in the fields soon after each harvest; during the cold, damp, biting days of winter when.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s wet, wild, wonderful 2015 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

February 8th, 2015
Lodi’s wet, wild, wonderful 2015 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Thousands of wine lovers can’t be wrong!  It was a wet, wet pre-Valentine’s weekend, to be sure, which did nothing to dampen the hearts and spirits of wine and chocolate lovers pouring in from all over for Lodi wine country’s annual rites of February pleasure. Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend, after all, is all about the deleriously delicious wines grown in the Lodi AVA; luscious Zinfandels, tempting Tempranillos, boisterous Petite Sirahs, gracious  Grenaches, airy light and refreshing whites, pinks and much, much more – all totally marvelous matches for chocolaty treats, true lovers, good friends and good times. Or so.. VIEW MORE »