Posts Tagged ‘Carignan’

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 »

The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

July 23rd, 2013
The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

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.. VIEW MORE »

The most spectacular time of year: veraison 2013 in Lodi

July 17th, 2013
The most spectacular time of year:  veraison 2013 in Lodi

During the past two weeks Lodi Wine Country has been in the midst of véraison:  the originally French viticultural term which translates into “onset of ripening.” 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.. VIEW MORE »

Allowing heritage vines to speak their piece in !ZaZin & REDS

August 30th, 2012
Allowing heritage vines to speak their piece in !ZaZin & REDS

Patrick Campbell – who lives in Santa Rosa, CA, and is the owner/vineyard manager of Tierra Divina Vineyards – sources grapes from his two favorite places in the world:  the Mendoza region in Argentina, and the Lodi American Viticultural Area of California. As such, Campbell is a busy man, since the grape harvest in Mendoza takes place mostly in March-April of each year; and in Lodi, September-October.  As we speak, Campbell is working his craft in Argentina.  Two weeks ago (early August), Campbell was in Lodi, doing what he does a half-dozen times during each growing season — walking up.. VIEW MORE »