Posts Tagged ‘Bechthold Vineyard’

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 3) – Grapes, ungrafted vines, rags to riches

April 1st, 2015
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 3) – Grapes, ungrafted vines, rags to riches

  Continued from:  The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1 and part 2)  Transition from Table Grape to Premium Varietal Wine Production About 40% of California’s entire annual Zinfandel production is grown in the Lodi AVA; almost all of that, in the 42,000 acres of planted vines comprising the Lodi sub-region of Mokelumne River AVA. While Zinfandel is considered Mokelumne River’s heritage wine grape – cultivated in the region since the late 1850s – it is by no means the only variety of Vitis vinifera flourishing in this appellation. Black skinned varieties such as Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache, Barbera and.. VIEW MORE »

Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

January 5th, 2015
Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

Happy 2015! We’re looking forward to another year of exciting achievements by the Lodi winegrowing community.  But before embarking towards this bright new horizon, we thought it worthwhile to take another look back at our favorite, and most informative, blogposts from 2014:  not so much out of fear of forgetting our past and being condemned to repeat it, but rather to sharpen our focus on the future with the clarity that invariably comes with hindsight. The world’s entire history of wine, in fact, is based upon what we learn from the past.  Winemaking and grape growing go back thousands of.. 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 »

Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

October 14th, 2014
Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

This time of year, to borrow a little from John Keats‘ phraseology, is when beaded bubbles are brimming in the bins, and winemakers are smiling with purple stained mouths.  Wine flows so much like poetry in California, you almost forget that it is still an agricultural product, and that Mother Nature always has the first, and last, word on everything. So it was with the 2014 harvest in the Lodi AVA, drawing to a close as we speak – a good two to three weeks ahead of the usual schedule.  Generally speaking, both growers and winemakers have been pleased with the.. VIEW MORE »

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

October 1st, 2014
What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

What makes Lodi wines special? Just ten, fifteen years ago, the stock image of Lodi was as a place where Gigantic wineries, such as E. & J. Gallo and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, get their grapes for their bulk wines. There is a lot of Zinfandel. My, how time flies. Lodi is still known for Zinfandel, and much of the AVA‘s grapes still supply big wineries. But all of the sudden, Lodi is also becoming known for more, much more. We are counting at least seven “new” ways in which Lodi is now being defined in the minds of consumers,.. VIEW MORE »