Posts Tagged ‘Jessie’s Grove Winery’

Winter of 2014′s certain Slant of light

March 7th, 2014
Winter of 2014′s certain Slant of light

There’s a certain Slant of light, Emily Dickinson famously wrote, describing “Winter.”  Don’t we know it, whether or not we can put it into our own words. Winter in Lodi is not nearly as much of a Dickinsonian “Heavenly Hurt” as in colder climate regions, but we have our own “Shadows… holding their breath.”  This year, in 2014, it was a question of rain.  In early February there was still doubt that we would ever get any, and the rows between vines normally bursting with green growth were bare, strangely desolate, inconsolable.  In recent weeks, of course, the sandy loams.. 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 »

Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

January 20th, 2014
Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held earlier this month are in, and Lodi American Viticultural Area grown wines have fared better than ever! This year wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals:  36 of them gold medals; and out of those, 3 earning double-golds (meaning, unanimously proclaimed gold medal winners within their respective judging committees).  Compare this to last year’s SFCWC, when Lodi wines received 19 golds (including 3 double-golds); or the 2012 competition, when Lodi also took 19 golds (with 2 double-golds). How stiff was the competition?  The.. VIEW MORE »

In praise of untannic reds (especially for Julia Child’s French burgers!)

November 6th, 2013
In praise of untannic reds (especially for Julia Child’s French burgers!)

In a recent article appearing in Decanter – a U.K. based publication that bills itself as the “world’s best wine magazine” (and perhaps it is) – a critic named Andrew Jefford  related a recent experience comparing two red wines made from the same grape (Tannat), one from Lodi and one from South-West France: A couple of weeks ago, I tasted (in the same afternoon) a Tannat from the Alta Mesa AVA in warm Lodi (made by Ursa Vineyards using fruit from Ron Silva’s Silvaspoons Vineyard) a couple of hours before trying a barrel sample of the 2012 Vignes Préphylloxériques, a Tannat.. VIEW MORE »

The mystery of Zinfandel, part 2 – the long strange trip from… somewhere

October 29th, 2013
The mystery of Zinfandel, part 2 – the long strange trip from… somewhere

Did you know that the first winery to produce a rosé, or pink colored “White Zinfandel,” from the black skinned Zinfandel grape was Lodi’s El Pinal Winery – way back in 1869?  El Pinal did not survive Prohibition, and it would not be until the late ‘60s/early ’70s that wineries like David Bruce, Ridge, Monteviña and, of course, Sutter Home would revive the idea of turning Zinfandel into something other than a red table wine. According to Charles Lewis Sullivan in his book, Zinfandel:  A History of a Grape and Its Wines, El Pinal’s technique of turning free-run Zinfandel juice into a.. VIEW MORE »