Posts Tagged ‘Grenache Blanc’

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

April 10th, 2014
Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

This past March 2014 Acquiesce Vineyards opened its tasting room doors once again, after being closed for over four months.  Why the down time?  For one, it’s because their wines – all white wines, except for one rosé, made from estate grown Rhône Valley (i.e. Southern French) grapes – have been selling out within a few months of being released.  They’re that good. It’s also because they haven’t been making much – less than 1,000 cases each year, since their first commercial vintage (2011).  But mostly because they’ve hit upon a style that has struck a chord with more and.. VIEW MORE »

Odisea releases first Lodi grown Verdejo

March 9th, 2014
Odisea releases first Lodi grown Verdejo

Odisea Wine Company – a small, artisanal winery based in Napa – has produced Lodi’s first Verdejo: a 2013 bottled under their Flor de Viña sub-label. The Verdejo grapes were grown in the cobbley clay loam slopes of Bokisch Ranches’ Clay Station Vineyard, in Lodi’s Borden Ranch AVA.  The planting went into the ground in 2011, and these young vines yielded just 2 tons per acre (Bokisch Vineyards also produced a little Verdejo, just recently bottled). Odisea’s 2013 Flor de Viña Verdejo ($21) is, in fact, an unequivocal success for a first-ever vintage: bone dry and light as a feather,.. VIEW MORE »

Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

January 15th, 2014
Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

Let’s talk chicken and wine matches.  ¿Por qué? Chicken is for all-time, anytime, and everywhere – on the menu of three-star restaurants, and on the menu in every home, in every pot or skillet, any night of the week.  Paul Bocuse and Julia Child have made chicken a fetish, and so have Colonel Sanders and Lady Gaga (okay – so the latter’s, more like a statement). Chicken loves company – especially in the way of bottled wine – and picking a good one is not one of life’s difficult tasks.  The great thing about chicken, of course, is that there.. VIEW MORE »

The Ripken family’s “road less travelled” Christmas

December 20th, 2013
The Ripken family’s “road less travelled” Christmas

Ripken Vineyards & Winery – one of Lodi’s largest and most important growers – actually became a bonded winery because owner Richard “Rip” Ripken loved to play Santa Claus every year. According to Rip’s daughter, winemaker Susan Ripken, “My dad would go around during Christmas time and play Santa by handing out the wine we were making on the side to anyone he could think of.  Eventually we realized we were above our legally permitted gallons, and we needed to become a bonded winery before the government hauled my dad off to jail!” The Ripken family has their own holiday.. 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 »