Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

January 20th, 2014
Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held earlier this month are in, and Lodi American Viticultural Area grown wines have fared better than ever! This year wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals:  36 of them gold medals; and out of those, 3 earning double-golds (meaning, unanimously proclaimed gold medal winners within their respective judging committees).  Compare this to last year’s SFCWC, when Lodi wines received 19 golds (including 3 double-golds); or the 2012 competition, when Lodi also took 19 golds (with 2 double-golds). How stiff was the competition?  The.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

October 8th, 2013
Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

Zinfandel, as everyone knows, has always been Lodi’s big schtick; which is why it’s easy to forget that this American Viticultural Area is easily California’s largest grower of grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  Lodi, in fact, crushes more Cabernet Sauvignon than Napa and Sonoma combined. Where does all this Cabernet Sauvignon go?  Most of it into the fermenting vats of big wineries, of course; and quite a bit of it blended anonymously with Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings from other regions, like Napa Valley and Paso Robles.  As old-timers like to point out, this is why there’s a Lodi Lane in the.. 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 »

Lodi’s alternative wine grapes, headed towards photo finish

September 5th, 2013
Lodi’s alternative wine grapes, headed towards photo finish

According to the 2012 Grape Acreage Report put out by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, approximately 10.2% of the total acreage of fruit bearing wine grape vines in California can be classified as “other” — including many of the “alternative” style varietals more common to Lodi than in other American wine regions, such as Albariño and Aglianico, Cinsaut and Souzão, Vermentino and Verdelho, Graciano and Teroldego, Marzemino and Montepulciano, Symphony and Schönburger, Touriga and Torrontés, Pinotage and Piquepoul, and many others of, frankly, commercially obscure identity, from Albalonga to Zweigelt. The other 89.8% are among the following list of California’s 16 most widely planted varieties or.. VIEW MORE »

Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

February 19th, 2013
Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

Getting a gold medal at each January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a big deal because it has been involving over 5,500 wines submitted from more than 25 states; making this easily the largest single judging of American wines in the world.  Also because the Bay Area wine professionals doing the judging are among the best in the world (also see our previous post, Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton). All wine judgings, as it were, are direct reflections of the taste of the individuals doing the judging – no more, no less. .. VIEW MORE »