Posts Tagged ‘Layne Montgomery’

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

April 17th, 2014
Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March. All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent.  The particulars… 4:00-4:40 PM – ZinFest Wine School:  The Lodi Native Project Moderated by Randy Caparoso – The SOMM Journal & lodiwine.com Tim Holdener – Macchia Wines.. VIEW MORE »

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

April 4th, 2014
Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

  The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented.  At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don’t.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi “Outsiders” joining “Natives” at 2014 ZinFest Wine School

March 18th, 2014
Lodi “Outsiders” joining “Natives” at 2014 ZinFest Wine School

Don’t look now, but the annual Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival is nigh upon us; this year, taking place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) at the bucolic Lodi Lake Park. This is Lodi’s biggest, most broadening, and undoubtedly funnest event of the year; but don’t let the name fool you:  it’s not just about Zinfandel.  The Lodi AVA also specializes in bodacious Cabernet Sauvignon, stupendous Petite Sirah, exotic Albariño and Alicante Bouschet, esoteric Verdelho and Verdejo, soulful Tempranillo and gregarious Graciano, elegant Grenache Noir and sumptuous Grenache Blanc, toothsome Touriga, graceful Chardonnay, regal Roussanne, prickly Picpoul, flirtatious Moscato, bombastic Barbera,.. VIEW MORE »

m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

March 3rd, 2014
m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

The new m2 Wines winery and tasting room, located at 2900 E. Peltier Rd. (just north of the town of Lodi), is a low slung, rectangular, 6,000 square-feet affair; looking like a gigantic lego brick with a square hole near the middle, plopped down on an open field of flowering mustard (a surrounding vineyard is planned as phase 2), yet every bit as congruous against the Lodi landscape as an Andrew Wyeth house/barn in Maine. “It’s a helluva lot easier to work,” says m2 founder/owner/winemaker Layne Montgomery, comparing it to his original winery space, in an industrial warehouse on the.. 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 »