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Historic Vineyard Society tasting of Lodi’s rarest wines headlines 2015 ZinFest Wine School

April 29th, 2015
Historic Vineyard Society tasting of Lodi’s rarest wines headlines 2015 ZinFest Wine School

  Everybody loves a luscious Zinfandel, Lodi’s signature wine, but Lodi ZinFest has always been about a lot more than Zinfandel. It’s been about all the fascinating wines – from light and refreshing white and pink wines, to a joyful variety of savory reds – grown in this, the most widely planted American Viticultural Area in the U.S. And the ZinFest Wine School is where you go to learn about this from some of the most respected wine educators and winemakers in the industry. Each of our four Wine School seminars starts at the top of the hour, starting at.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Zinfandel gets some “pizazz” from a Sonoma producer

April 24th, 2015
Lodi Zinfandel gets some “pizazz” from a Sonoma producer

  What happens when a critically acclaimed Sonoma County based Zinfandel producer gets her hands on some Lodi grown fruit? You get a wine like the newly minted 2012 Carol Shelton Piazza Vineyard Pizazz Zin Lodi Zinfandel ($19): a plump, verging on opulent, almost lascivious style of the varietal; teeming with cherry-bombish fruit coated in nostril tingling cocoa dust and almost piña colada-like sensations. If you think we’re overstating things, Carol Shelton herself – the Carol Shelton Wines owner/winemaker – describes the Pizazz Zin as being like “Bing cherry pie in a graham cracker crust, creamy Hershey’s milk chocolate and a bit.. VIEW MORE »

Klinker Brick aligns with two bold women-growers

April 21st, 2015
Klinker Brick aligns with two bold women-growers

  Special red wines grown by Lodi’s Jean Rauser and Antoinette Celle Klinker Brick Winery owner Steve Felten has recently aligned his farming operations with two of Lodi’s more enterprising women-growers: Jean Rauser, the owner of Rauser Vineyard in the Victor area, east of the town of Lodi; and Antoinette Celle, owner of Celle Vineyard located at the southernmost edge of the Lodi Viticultural Area, near Linden. It’s a smart move, because Klinker Brick has just released two of the most unique red wines grown in Lodi – in all of California, for that matter. Mr. Felten, and his longtime.. VIEW MORE »

2015 Lodi ZinFest – more fun than a barrel of floating winemakers!

April 15th, 2015
2015 Lodi ZinFest – more fun than a barrel of floating winemakers!

  Where does the time go?  Don’t look now, but the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival is just 30 days away — happening this coming Saturday, May 16 (12-5 PM)! Simply put, Lodi wine doesn’t get any funner than this yearly affair, taking place in the gorgeously lush “island” setting of Lodi Lake Park, amidst giant ancient weeping willows bowing beside blue refreshing waters of the Mokelumne River.  Also as in previous years, over 40 of Lodi’s finest artisanal wineries will be pouring over 200 different Lodi grown wines — and not just Zinfandel! Sure, Lodi produces about 40% of.. VIEW MORE »

White Zinfandel is back, and better (when seriously dry) than ever!

April 6th, 2015
White Zinfandel is back, and better (when seriously dry) than ever!

  The crying of Lot 13 Don’t look now, but White Zinfandel may be back, and better than ever! That is to say, White Zinfandel vinified more like a connoisseur’s wine:  bone-dry – not a hint of residual sugar in the taste – and from intensely flavorful, ancient vine fruit. The 2014 McCay Cellars Lodi White Zinfandel ($18) may very well be the bottling that revives the category in the Lodi winegrowing region. Bottled just this past mid-March, McCay Cellars owner/winemaker Michael McCay tells us, “Right now the wine is screaming ‘pomegranate’” – in reference to the wine’s brilliant, penetrating.. VIEW MORE »