So you think you know Lodi Zinfandel? If you are ready to get your geek on, let’s delve into the six major reasons why Lodi grown Zinfandels are the way they are: so compellingly lush, round, gentle, bright, and often distinctly earthy…Continue »
So far in 2013 a number of winery releases have come out that are just begging to be cobbled together in one group. We’ll call them exactly what they seem to us: The 10 most interesting wines in Lodi.
We’re not saying the “10 best,” mind you. “Best” is always subjective, and anyone would be totally correct to say that any list of Lodi’s “best” would probably be dominated by Zinfandels produced by Harney Lane, St. Amant, Macchia, or any number of Lodi’s heralded, artisanal producers. Zinfandel, after all, is the most natural wine grape to grow in Lodi’s Mediterranean climate – it loves the warm yet moderated weather, and it loves the deep, rich yet well drained sandy loam soils – which is why Lodi grows more Zinfandel than any other wine region in California.Continue »
What is happening before our eyes? Berries in grapes destined to produce red wines are beginning to don their mid-season apparel – brilliant, beautiful shades of red, violet and blue – as the green colored chlorophyll in their skins start to break down. It is a spectacular time of year. Berries destined to produce white wines begin to form carotenoids; while in red wine varieties, anthocyanins, xanthophylls, flavonoids, volatile compounds, and phenolic compounds – building blocks crucial to red wine flavors – begin their beguine… the dance to the relentless rhythms of summer and fall.Continue »
What do you think of orange wines? Even longtime wine lovers and “experts” get thrown for a loop the first time they are asked that question. The first thing you think, of course, is, “I didn’t know they make wine from oranges.”Continue »
This past June the judges at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition voted on 2013’s “Best Red Wine in Lodi”: the 2012 Jeff Runquist “R” Alta Mesa-Lodi Grenache ($20), sourced from Ron Silva’s Silvaspoons Vineyards.
Has Grenache “arrived?”Continue »