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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 »

Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

February 4th, 2015
Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

  The more consumers and wine critics have come to appreciate kinder, gentler, more feminine styles of California Zinfandel, the more they are appreciating Zinfandels grown in Lodi. Adding to that increasingly verdant vein, major Lodi growers Markus and Liz Bokisch have just released their first-ever Zinfandel; bottled under a brand new label – Tizona by Bokisch – to distinguish it from the Spanish varietal wines carrying their Bokisch Vineyards label. Tizona is the name of the sword wielded by the legendary 11th century Spanish warrior known as El Cid, signifying the Bokischs’ cutting-edge approach to winegrowing as well as their respect.. VIEW MORE »

Wines, chocolates, chili: matches made in heaven (and for Wine & Chocolate Weekend!)

February 2nd, 2015
Wines, chocolates, chili: matches made in heaven (and for Wine & Chocolate Weekend!)

  CHOCOLATES AND WINES, FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS How fortuitous that two of the most wonderful things in the world – wines and chocolates – go so well together! In fact, it has been suggested that chocolate may be as natural a match for wines as cheese! This is why, during the past three vintages, the official sponsor of Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend (coming up this weekend, February 7-8, 2015!) has been the high-end confectioner, Brix Chocolate. There are reasons why we are into Brix Chocolate. Brix is the first line of chocolates specifically blended to compliment wine. Based on.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines, grapes, and ZAP feelin’ the love

January 27th, 2015
Lodi wines, grapes, and ZAP feelin’ the love

  This week Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) hosts its twenty-fourth annual “Experience” in San Francisco (on January 28), attended by thousands of avowed Zinfandel enthusiastss.  2015′s chosen theme:  “Zinfandel is a rising star – reach out and grab it.” For many reasons, you can probably also say the same thing about about Lodi:  as a winegrowing region – easily the largest (in terms of acres of wine grapes planted) in the U.S. – the Lodi AVA is a rising, and increasingly accessible, star. 1991 was the year when ZAP as well as the Lodi Winegrape Commission – a consortium of.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines shine where they should at 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

January 18th, 2015
Lodi wines shine where they should at 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  Wine judgings don’t get much bigger or more prestigious than the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Last week’s event – completed January 13, 2015 – was no different: a total of 6,417 wines entered from more than 28 states. There were Gold Medal winners from California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Texas, Ohio, New York, and of course, Lodi. The Lodi AVA, in fact, held its own in the areas you would expect, such as value priced Zinfandels (a total of six Gold Medals given to Lodi Zinfandels priced under $20) and Mediterranean varietals such as Syrah, Petite.. VIEW MORE »