Posts Tagged ‘Bechthold Vineyard’

The mystery of Zinfandel, part 2 – the long strange trip from… somewhere

October 29th, 2013
The mystery of Zinfandel, part 2 – the long strange trip from… somewhere

Did you know that the first winery to produce a rosé, or pink colored “White Zinfandel,” from the black skinned Zinfandel grape was Lodi’s El Pinal Winery – way back in 1869?  El Pinal did not survive Prohibition, and it would not be until the late ‘60s/early ’70s that wineries like David Bruce, Ridge, Monteviña and, of course, Sutter Home would revive the idea of turning Zinfandel into something other than a red table wine. According to Charles Lewis Sullivan in his book, Zinfandel:  A History of a Grape and Its Wines, El Pinal’s technique of turning free-run Zinfandel juice into a.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

September 25th, 2013
Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

Harvest is a great time of year for photographing wine grapes, which become the most identifiable by their colors, shapes and overall morphology during that fleeting window just before they are picked. Because Spring bud break and flowering occurred as much as two weeks ahead of normal in 2013, Lodi‘s harvest commenced during the first week of August with earlier ripening grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and higher acid/lower sugar Pinot Noir destined for sparkling wine production. Traditionally, harvesting of black skinned grapes for the making of fuller bodied red wines doesn’t start in earnest until mid-September, but this.. VIEW MORE »

What an influential wine blogger thinks of Lodi wines

September 19th, 2013
What an influential wine blogger thinks of Lodi wines

Elaine Brown, a.k.a. Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, is a wine blogger, journalist, photographer and inveterate illustrator with a moderate yet rapidly growing, significant following.  How significant?  Somehow her observations, as she travels up and down the West Coast wine regions and (occasionally) the Old Country, always seem to pop up in places like Eric Asimov’s New York Times wine articles, or in Jon Bonné’s San Francisco Chronicle pieces.  Brown, in other words, is influencing the influencers… messin’ with the messers. It helps that Brown has a cat’s (i.e. curious) nose for wine quality and is instinctively drawn to the cutting-edge, which.. VIEW MORE »

Just picked: one of Lodi’s top Zinfandel vineyards and last of Bechthold Cinsaut

August 30th, 2013
Just picked:  one of Lodi’s top Zinfandel vineyards and last of Bechthold Cinsaut

“I was on fire when I woke up this morning,” says Jillian Johnson, the owner/winemaker of Onesta Wines.  On Friday, August 30, Ms. Johnson was the last of the slate of stellar winemakers to pick Cinsaut grapes from Bechthold Vineyard, the Lodi AVA‘s oldest vineyard (originally planted by Joseph Spenker in 1886).  ”I’m always stoked the day I pick Bechthold,” says Johnson.  ”Year in and year out, this vineyard performs no matter what, giving us beautiful, balanced fruit.  It was a great day when Mother Nature first gave us Bechthold.”  Johnson, in fact, has been working with Bechthold  longer than any of.. VIEW MORE »

2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

August 23rd, 2013
2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

Yesterday (August 21, 2013) Borra Vineyards picked their Kerner grapes, which are grown by Brett Koth at his family’s Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, tucked into the tip of the Mokelumne River’s “Peninsula” (where the river bends into an upside-down u-shape, on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA).  The Lodi AVA‘s Mokelumne Glen, for the record, cultivates the most extensive collection of German and Austrian grapes (over 40 varieties, whites and reds) on the entire West Coast. Kerner, in case you’re also wondering, is a white wine grape of German origin – a crossing of Riesling and another grape called.. VIEW MORE »