Posts Tagged ‘Grenache Blanc’

Lodi son cooks Hawaiian inspired lunch with Acquiesce wines

July 1st, 2015
Lodi son cooks Hawaiian inspired lunch with Acquiesce wines

  What happens when a young, curious, forward-thinking, Lodi raised chef, after rigorous training under one of Hawai`i’s most renowned chefs, is given the opportunity to create a menu to match the wines of the Lod Viticultural Area’s Acquiesce Winery? Summery hot, fun, culinary fireworks, of course! “Acquiesce,” as owner/grower Sue Tipton is always quick to remind us, means “to surrender, to become quiet.” It is her mantra because it defines the style of her wines: crafted completely without the use of oak barrels to emphasize the natural qualities of the grapes that grow in her vineyard, located on Peltier.. 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 »

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

October 1st, 2014
What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

What makes Lodi wines special? Just ten, fifteen years ago, the stock image of Lodi was as a place where Gigantic wineries, such as E. & J. Gallo and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, get their grapes for their bulk wines. There is a lot of Zinfandel. My, how time flies. Lodi is still known for Zinfandel, and much of the AVA‘s grapes still supply big wineries. But all of the sudden, Lodi is also becoming known for more, much more. We are counting at least seven “new” ways in which Lodi is now being defined in the minds of consumers,.. VIEW MORE »

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 »