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Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

March 18th, 2015
Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

  In our previous post (Is Zinfandel breaking out?) we cited a number of wine industry professionals who truly believe that Zinfandel can be made in more restrained, elegant styles – not unlike the finest Pinot Noirs or Burgundies – and that, in fact, we are beginning to see a paradigm shift towards that direction. What are some of the more elegant styles of Zinfandel coming out of the Lodi Viticultural Area today? Tom Hoffman of Heritage Oak Winery – located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA – has almost stubbornly stuck with leaner, zestier styles of.. VIEW MORE »

Is Zinfandel breaking out, or just a case of measles?

March 16th, 2015
Is Zinfandel breaking out, or just a case of measles?

  This past January 28-31, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) held its 24th full-scale “Experience” in San Francisco’s Presidio, with the theme: Zinfandel is a rising star… reach out and grab it. Zinfandel, of course, has always been a longtime star in the varietal market. In fact, Zinfandel’s dominance in California vineyards dates back well nigh into the 1850s. So what exactly does ZAP mean with the implication that Zinfandel is still “rising?” It means, Zinfandel specialists have always been acutely aware that as popular as Zinfandel is, it has never really caught on with certain elements in the.. VIEW MORE »

The expansion and controversial division of the Lodi Viticultural Area

March 11th, 2015
The expansion and controversial division of the Lodi Viticultural Area

  Continuation of a Part 1:  The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area In 1991, over 700 Lodi AVA growers came together to form the mandated Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission (now called the Lodi Winegrape Commission) for the purpose of regional promotion, education and viticultural research. This would be a momentous development, playing a crucial role in Lodi’s current status as a winegrowing region of note. In an effort to reconcile the then-existing boundaries of the Lodi AVA with the jurisdiction of the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission as well as how California Crush District 11 defined Lodi, in 2000 a petition was submitted to the.. VIEW MORE »

The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area

March 4th, 2015
The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area

  The ATF received a petition for a Lodi AVA from a group called the Lodi District Vintners Association in August 1982, which went through an approval process lasting nearly four years before finally being granted in February 1986. What is an American Viticultural Area – commonly abbreviated as AVA – and why should you care? There are many types of wines grown and produced around the world. The vast majority of commercial wines are, in fact, made by brands or producers endeavoring to put out products that are of a consistent quality and affordably priced. Most wines – be.. VIEW MORE »

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 »