Posts Tagged ‘Borra Vineyards’

Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

June 17th, 2015
Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

  We have this recurring dream. It’s almost mid-day. We wake up late, after some wine-soaked conversation deep into the night before, and still haven’t yet eaten. So after stopping at a tiny charcuterie for some cooked sausages, marinated olives, a round of local bread – tasting as sweet and silky as pancakes in the inside, crunchy as toasted crusts on the outside – and a bottle of wine, we follow a winding brook at the foot of a steep hill outside the village, in search of a table in the sky. The residual chill from earlier morning hours is.. VIEW MORE »

Borra is releasing an intriguing Lodi Vermentino

February 26th, 2015
Borra is releasing an intriguing Lodi Vermentino

  Among the many alternative white wine grapes cultivated in Lodi in recent years, Vermentino might hold the most intriguing promise. Number one, because Vermentino is native to Europe’s Mediterranean Basin, and the Lodi AVA’s climate is squarely Mediterranean; meaning, summers are warm and dry, and winters are cold and usually a little wet. The climate of California’s coastal regions, from Sonoma County and Napa Valley all the way down to Santa Barbara County, is also classified as Mediterranean. Number two, because Vermentino is one of those golden tinted grapes with a thick enough skin to grow well under temperate,.. VIEW MORE »

Celebrated winemaker David Ramey releases his first Lodi grown Kerner

February 23rd, 2015
Celebrated winemaker David Ramey releases his first Lodi grown Kerner

  David Ramey, owner of the acclaimed, Sonoma-based David Ramey Wine Cellars – known for peerless Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons – has been one of America’s most respected winemakers since the 1980s and ‘90s, when he did groundbreaking work at wineries like Matanzas Creek Winery, Chalk Hill Estate, and “super” Napa Valley wineries like Dominus Estate and Rudd Oakville Estate. Now, with that legacy intact, Mr. Ramey feels like he is ready for the next phase in his celebrated wine career, as the producer of a new brand called Sidebar Cellars, specializing in wines like (wait for it)… Kerner, grown on the east side.. VIEW MORE »

The fruits of Borra’s Manuel Maldonado’s labors

February 17th, 2015
The fruits of Borra’s Manuel Maldonado’s labors

  Wine, it is often said, is made in the vineyard. Which sometimes brings up the jocular comment: then why the heck do we need wineries? Well, good wine does come out of wineries. But it also needs hands – lots and lots of hands of men and women with the work ethic, talent and creative juices to turn grapes into something magical in the glass. And those hands aren’t needed only in a winery. It starts in the dirt, or sticking mud, out in the fields soon after each harvest; during the cold, damp, biting days of winter when.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

December 28th, 2014
Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

Jeremy Wilson – a sommelier who writes the Texas Wine Lover site and lives in the officially recognized Texas Hill Country AVA (approved in 1991), where he works for Kuhlman Cellars – recently wrote to us, telling us that he believes the Lodi AVA has a lot in common with the Texas wine industry. Not knowing a lot about Texas wines, we asked Mr. Wilson to help us catch his drift. His immediate response: “Our high quality winemaking movement is still so young that many people are totally unaware that we even have a wine industry in Texas. Our wines weren’t much.. VIEW MORE »