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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 »

Borra Vineyards releases very interesting feminine whites

March 12th, 2014
Borra Vineyards releases very interesting feminine whites

You might have heard that some crazy, unlikely, yet very in-ter-resting (to quote Arte Johnson) things have been happening in Lodi these past few years. A lot of this activity has been emanating from one winery:  Borra Vineyards, where owner/grower Steve Borra Sr. and winemaker Markus Niggli have been making waves. One of Borra’s latest innovations, just being released, includes the 2013 Borra Lodi Artist Series- Limited Edition White ($19):  a bone dry, medium bodied white wine, bursting with refreshingly crisp lime/green apple/pear-like fruit; with sleek, silky textures punctuated by lightly tart, completely natural acidity.  This is a 100% native.. VIEW MORE »

Odisea releases first Lodi grown Verdejo

March 9th, 2014
Odisea releases first Lodi grown Verdejo

Odisea Wine Company – a small, artisanal winery based in Napa – has produced Lodi’s first Verdejo: a 2013 bottled under their Flor de Viña sub-label. The Verdejo grapes were grown in the cobbley clay loam slopes of Bokisch Ranches’ Clay Station Vineyard, in Lodi’s Borden Ranch AVA.  The planting went into the ground in 2011, and these young vines yielded just 2 tons per acre (Bokisch Vineyards also produced a little Verdejo, just recently bottled). Odisea’s 2013 Flor de Viña Verdejo ($21) is, in fact, an unequivocal success for a first-ever vintage: bone dry and light as a feather,.. VIEW MORE »

Winter of 2014′s certain Slant of light

March 7th, 2014
Winter of 2014′s certain Slant of light

There’s a certain Slant of light, Emily Dickinson famously wrote, describing “Winter.”  Don’t we know it, whether or not we can put it into our own words. Winter in Lodi is not nearly as much of a Dickinsonian “Heavenly Hurt” as in colder climate regions, but we have our own “Shadows… holding their breath.”  This year, in 2014, it was a question of rain.  In early February there was still doubt that we would ever get any, and the rows between vines normally bursting with green growth were bare, strangely desolate, inconsolable.  In recent weeks, of course, the sandy loams.. VIEW MORE »