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Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

December 28th, 2014
Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

Jeremy Wilson – a sommelier who writes the Texas Wine Lover site and lives in the officially recognized Texas Hill Country AVA (approved in 1991), where he works for Kuhlman Cellars – recently wrote to us, telling us that he believes the Lodi AVA has a lot in common with the Texas wine industry. Not knowing a lot about Texas wines, we asked Mr. Wilson to help us catch his drift. His immediate response: “Our high quality winemaking movement is still so young that many people are totally unaware that we even have a wine industry in Texas. Our wines weren’t much.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines in the news in 2014

December 22nd, 2014
Lodi wines in the news in 2014

  As we come to the end of another year in Lodi wine country, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2014 gleaned through widely read wine publications and blog sites. Just a small percentage of American wine lovers subscribe to Decanter, a publication in the U.K. that bills itself “The World’s Best Wine Magazine.” There’s a lot to be said for this, though, because the English are arguably the most sophisticated wine lovers in the world. Universally respected organizations such as the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as the Institute of Masters of Wine were founded.. VIEW MORE »

Estate Crush is Downtown Lodi’s one-stop for numerous finely crafted brands

December 17th, 2014
Estate Crush is Downtown Lodi’s one-stop for numerous finely crafted brands

  Attention, last-minute Lodi wine shoppers: Caught in the usual pre-Christmas time crunch? Then we have the perfect one-stop, direct-from-the-source solution for you: Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush. Estate Crush is a custom-crush winery facility serving over 80 separate clients. This means they make wines for basically 80+ wineries; about half of them commercial brands, and many of them Lodi based as either local growers and/or independent entrepreneurs looking to get their own brand started up. A number of highly regarded wineries who are now doing their own thing, such as Oak Farm Vineyards and Viñedos Aurora, originally got their start.. VIEW MORE »

Match made for December: Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

December 15th, 2014
Match made for December:  Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

  You can look at the increasingly short, dark, dreary days of December in two different ways: as a doggoned shame, or as the perfect excuse to enjoy the type of wines and foods that these days call for. Mike Hodge, co-owner of Twisted Roots Vineyard & Winery, has the perfect prescription for those who choose the positive course: the 2011 Twisted Roots Lodi Petite Sirah ($25) with rosemary lamb shanks. (Twisted Roots multi-award winning wines are available locally at Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush). 2014 has been a significant year for the “Twisted Gang,” with the opening of their new.. VIEW MORE »

A Lodi wine lover’s wish list: Lodi’s 12 most adventurous wines

December 11th, 2014
A Lodi wine lover’s wish list: Lodi’s 12 most adventurous wines

Is there a wiser wine lover than a Lodi wine lover? Lodi is just beginning to forge its reputation as a source of some America’s finest, and most cutting-edge, wines. Many of the leading producers in this respect have been around for less than ten, fifteen years. What makes Lodi wine lovers special is that they are quite a bit ahead of most other wine lovers; including many wine professionals who are still under the mistaken impression that Lodi is some kind of Central Valley desert where only ordinary wines are grown: when, in fact, Lodi is a region focused.. VIEW MORE »