Posts Tagged ‘Cinsaut’

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 »

Rare hat trick: Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

June 1st, 2015
Rare hat trick:  Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

  Lodi hat trick Over the past year the Lodi Viticultural Area has achieved something of a hat trick; garnering no less than three prestigious California wine industry awards for • 2014 Vineyard of the Year – Bestowed by the California State Fair, an award going to the little Bechthold Vineyard, located on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA. • 2014 Grower of the Year – Awarded to Lodi’s Vino Farms by the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) at this group’s Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence Program, held last July in Carmel Valley. • 2014 Winery of.. VIEW MORE »

Beautiful thing – the refreshing purity of Onesta Wines

May 11th, 2015
Beautiful thing – the refreshing purity of Onesta Wines

  The Lodi AVA grown wines of Onesta Wines winemaker/owner Jillian Johnson DeLeon are distinguished by two closely related things: • Abiding respect for her grape sources – that is, she crafts wines so that you can taste the fruit and distinctive qualities of the vineyard, rather than a personal style or attempt to achieve a high “score.” • A strong feel for the lighter, crisper, sleeker, less oak influenced style to which more and more consumers are gravitating (notwithstanding wine critics who still give the highest scores to bigger, more intense and/or oakier wines). Case in point, Johnson DeLeon’s.. VIEW MORE »

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 »

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 »