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A history of Lodi winegrowing, part 1

September 22nd, 2014
A history of Lodi winegrowing, part 1

Mokelumne (before Lodi was Lodi) The first settlers of European descent arrived in the area we know as Lodi in 1846; finding what Ralph A. Clark (Lodi – Images of America) described as “an abundant paradise,” perched just a few feet above sea level, sandwiched between the lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, and the lower elevation wetlands of the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to the west. The Native American tribe occupying this plush pocket just prior to the onslaught of settlers from Europe or other states was the Plains Miwok; most of whom had already succumbed.. VIEW MORE »

Can we stop talking about Zinfandel being too high in alcohol?

September 14th, 2014
Can we stop talking about Zinfandel being too high in alcohol?

In a post that popped up on the multiple “Best Wine Blog” Award winning Terroirist site last week, contributor Isaac James Baker commented on six 2012 Lodi AVA grown Zinfandels produced under the Lodi Native banner: “Tasting all six together, I was stunned by the tremendous variation in flavors and textures, and found it fascinating to dissect my perceptions of each wine. “Collectively, these are some of the most thought-provoking Zinfandels I’ve tasted in a very long time. They’re deep, complex, lingering, surprisingly elegant and quite food-friendly. They comprise a master class in old vine Lodi Zinfandel.” Wait a second… VIEW MORE »

Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

September 10th, 2014
Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

The second week of September is usually when the California grape harvest is just getting started. This year, at this same time, many growers and vintners are saying that they are more than a third of the way through. Why the accelerated time table? Three things conspired to upset 2014’s grape carts to some extent: • Spring bud break and flowering occurred two weeks (or more) ahead of normal, pushing up harvest dates accordingly. • Because grape vines respond to year-to-year variables, the larger than usual crop sizes of the two previous vintages (2012 and 2013) pre-ordained a more moderate.. VIEW MORE »

The last of Lodi’s rare ancient vine Alicante Bouschet

September 7th, 2014
The last of Lodi’s rare ancient vine Alicante Bouschet

Harmony Wynelands has recently released the last of its wines from one of the Lodi AVA’s most venerated ancient vine plantings: Mohr-Fry Ranches’ twelve and a half acres of Alicante Bouschet, which originally went into the ground in 1921, but was completely torn out following the 2012 vintage. The 2012 Harmony Wynelands Lodi Alicante Bouschet ($30), sourced completely from these 91-year old plants, is an opaque, vividly pigmented red wine with a dense, full, meaty yet svelte and zesty body. Its pure fruit profile – framed by unobtrusive brushstrokes of sweet oak – suggests concentrated elderberry/dried cherry-like perfumes, which turn.. VIEW MORE »

The Downtown Lodi harvest menu, and becoming the 2014 SIP SAVOR Wine Tasting Champion

August 19th, 2014
The Downtown Lodi harvest menu, and becoming the 2014 SIP SAVOR Wine Tasting Champion

WHO WANTS TO BE THE 2014 SIP SAVOR LODI WINE TASTING CHAMPION? One of the two events taking place under the SIP SAVOR LODI Grand Tasting tent at Wine & Roses Hotel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 (1-4 PM) will be a double-blind tasting to determine 2014 Lodi Wine Tasting Champion. This contest will be open to all consumers who can find a seat (limité!) under the seminar tent before it begins at 2 PM. Each contestant will be double-blind tasted on 5 Lodi AVA grown wines and asked to identify each one. No, we won’t make it “easy.” But.. VIEW MORE »