Posts Tagged ‘Harney Lane Winery’

Appreciating Zinfandels (especially from Lodi) like a sommelier

August 12th, 2014
Appreciating Zinfandels (especially from Lodi) like a sommelier

In seminars at the 2014 Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Experience (i.e. ZAP) in San Francisco this past January, some of California’s top sommeliers presented Zinfandels from their perspective: in terms of terroir, or “sense of place.” Why terroir; and not, say, varietal character? The Zinfandel grape produces red wines that, more than others, are usually appreciated or evaluated in terms of their fruit profile – a rich, full, often jammy berryishness – rather than sensations reflecting geographic origins. But for many wine lovers, Zinfandel can be just as noble a varietal as, say, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or any other.. 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 »

For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

April 26th, 2014
For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

  For the Love of Culinary Grapes Do you enjoy alternative style wines veering off from the usual heavy handed, ripe or oaky style typical of “California” wine?  Then  you should seriously consider attending the Grand Wine Tasting sponsored by TAPAS – that is, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society – this Sunday, June 27, 2012 (2-5 PM) in San Francisco’s Goldent Gate Club at The Presidio. TAPAS, which is all about appreciation of wines made from grapes native to Spain and/or Portugal, is turning out to be a very good thing for jaded wine lovers.  Especially if you prefer a.. VIEW MORE »

Distinguished judges share thoughts on the 12 Zins of Lodi 2014

February 12th, 2014
Distinguished judges share thoughts on the 12 Zins of Lodi 2014

The 12 Zins of Lodi 2014 have been chosen by a jury of eight respected wine professionals, as a result of a formal tasting taking place in San Francisco this past February 5th, organized by Charles Communications Associates for LoCA.  These 12 Zinfandels were selected for being representative of the best of what the Lodi AVA has to offer today, in every price point; and samples will be sent out in care packages to media across the country. The jurists made their selection after tasting a total of 57 Lodi grown Zinfandels in a double-blind format – meaning, they did not know.. VIEW MORE »

Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

December 18th, 2013
Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

It’s the same for all wine regions that become known for certain wines… be it Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon; Sonoma, Santa Barbara or Willamette Valley for Pinot Noir; or Lodi for Zinfandel:  choosing what is “best” becomes more a matter of personal taste or preference. In other words, don’t believe numerical scores or “expert” ratings — that’s just nonsense.  A 95-point wine may be the worst tasting wine to you; whereas a wine that scores “just” 88 might be absolute perfection to your taste.  It’s a process (and a fun one!), but you have to figure what’s best for.. VIEW MORE »