Posts Tagged ‘Grenache Blanc’

Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

September 10th, 2014
Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

The second week of September is usually when the California grape harvest is just getting started. This year, at this same time, many growers and vintners are saying that they are more than a third of the way through. Why the accelerated time table? Three things conspired to upset 2014’s grape carts to some extent: • Spring bud break and flowering occurred two weeks (or more) ahead of normal, pushing up harvest dates accordingly. • Because grape vines respond to year-to-year variables, the larger than usual crop sizes of the two previous vintages (2012 and 2013) pre-ordained a more moderate.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s thirty-six % solution: delicious wines from less familiar grapes

June 3rd, 2014
Lodi’s thirty-six % solution:  delicious wines from less familiar grapes

One of the more interesting things to come along over the past year have been the “Seven % Solution” tastings popping up here and there.  Originally conceived by a Healdsburg wine retailer, the 7% is in reference to the idea that 93% of the wine grape acreage in California’s North Coast consists of just eight grapes, going into most of the popular varietal wines sold today:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the Lodi AVA – California’s largest single winegrowing region – skews the 7% formulation somewhat.  Lodi is steady in multiple.. VIEW MORE »

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 »