Posts Tagged ‘Klinker Brick Winery’

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 »

Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

December 4th, 2012
Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

What happens when you take 11 of Lodi’s best winemaker/growers, and sit them down at one table to blind-taste their own Zinfandels? In early November we did exactly that, in the Cellar Room of Lodi’s posh Wine & Roses Hotel & Spa.  Our focus was on Zinfandels from the 2010 vintage:  a year that has been characterized by more than a few winegrowers as very “North Coast” – meaning, a year of significantly cooler than normal weather throughout the growing season (only one day hitting 100° F. – fewer than what Napa Valley experienced in 2010). As a result, Lodi’s.. VIEW MORE »

East side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

November 27th, 2012
East side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

Part 2 of our autumn paen to Zinfandel: In 1991, some 700 of Lodi’s grape growers came together to form the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (since shortened to Lodi Winegrape Commission).  At that point in time, according to the Commission’s former executive director, Mark Chandler, “the trade and consumers viewed Lodi as a jug wine region, despite the fact that even then we were the largest producer of premium quality wine grapes in the state, which we still are.” Today wine bottles bearing the Lodi appellation are seen on retail shelves and fine dining restaurant wine lists across the nation, and.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

November 20th, 2012
Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

This is the first of three consecutive parts of an autumn paen to Zinfandel.   That is, Lodi‘s special Zinfandels… Not too long ago, when people said “Zinfandel,” they usually meant something pink and sweet.  But those days are gone; and aside from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, virtually no winery in Lodi makes a (now) old fashioned, fruity White Zinfandel.  Zinfandel is back to being a red wine, period. The styles of Zinfandel, however, have undergone a few transitions since the White Zinfandel craze.  Before Zinfandel became pink, varietal bottlings of red Zinfandel tended to be fairly light, soft in tannin, and.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi zins rock it at ZAP’s Grill-O-Rama

August 14th, 2012
Lodi zins rock it at ZAP’s Grill-O-Rama

The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’ Grill-O-Rama took place this past Saturday, August 11 at Rock Wall Wine Company’s giant hangar-turned-winery by the San Francisco Bay, in Alameda.  Kudos to ZAP for showcasing Zinfandel in context of where it really tastes best:  with grilled, or barbecued, foods, such as the pulled pork tacos in fresh lime vinaigrette prepared by Picán chef Sophina Uong (named Grill-O-Rama’s “Best Grill Master” by a panel of professional wine/food judges). Six of the 30 or so California wineries who showed off their Zinfandels at Grill-O-Rama are based in Lodi.  It’s exactly in this type of venue that.. VIEW MORE »