Posts Tagged ‘Kyle Lerner’

Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

September 25th, 2013
Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

Harvest is a great time of year for photographing wine grapes, which become the most identifiable by their colors, shapes and overall morphology during that fleeting window just before they are picked. Because Spring bud break and flowering occurred as much as two weeks ahead of normal in 2013, Lodi‘s harvest commenced during the first week of August with earlier ripening grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and higher acid/lower sugar Pinot Noir destined for sparkling wine production. Traditionally, harvesting of black skinned grapes for the making of fuller bodied red wines doesn’t start in earnest until mid-September, but this.. VIEW MORE »

What an influential wine blogger thinks of Lodi wines

September 19th, 2013
What an influential wine blogger thinks of Lodi wines

Elaine Brown, a.k.a. Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, is a wine blogger, journalist, photographer and inveterate illustrator with a moderate yet rapidly growing, significant following.  How significant?  Somehow her observations, as she travels up and down the West Coast wine regions and (occasionally) the Old Country, always seem to pop up in places like Eric Asimov’s New York Times wine articles, or in Jon Bonné’s San Francisco Chronicle pieces.  Brown, in other words, is influencing the influencers… messin’ with the messers. It helps that Brown has a cat’s (i.e. curious) nose for wine quality and is instinctively drawn to the cutting-edge, which.. VIEW MORE »

The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

July 23rd, 2013
The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

So far in 2013 a number of winery releases have come out that are just begging to be cobbled together in one group.  We’ll call them exactly what they seem to us:  The 10 most interesting wines in Lodi. We’re not saying the “10 best,” mind you.  “Best” is always subjective, and anyone would be totally correct to say that any list of Lodi’s “best” would probably be dominated by Zinfandels produced by Harney Lane, St. Amant, Macchia, or any number of Lodi’s heralded, artisanal producers.  Zinfandel, after all, is the most natural wine grape to grow in Lodi’s Mediterranean.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi icon leaves legacy of uncompromised quality & character

February 21st, 2013
Lodi icon leaves legacy of uncompromised quality & character

Hundreds of related family, friends and colleagues gathered at Vinewood Community Church and Harney Lane Winery today to remember and celebrate the life of George Mettler (born March 14, 1943), who passed away this past February 15, 2013 (please see our September 2013 post, the patriarch of Harney Lane). In many ways, the Harney Lane Lodi Patriarch’s Promise ($40) – a varietal blend sourced from grapes grown on the winery property, from four vintages (2007 through 2010) – is a direct reflection of the man, for whom home, love, laughter, family (and just below that, farming and fly fishing) loomed.. VIEW MORE »

Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

February 19th, 2013
Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

Getting a gold medal at each January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a big deal because it has been involving over 5,500 wines submitted from more than 25 states; making this easily the largest single judging of American wines in the world.  Also because the Bay Area wine professionals doing the judging are among the best in the world (also see our previous post, Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton). All wine judgings, as it were, are direct reflections of the taste of the individuals doing the judging – no more, no less. .. VIEW MORE »