Posts Tagged ‘Lizzy James Vineyard’

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 »

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 »

Liquid sweets to top a perfect Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2013
Liquid sweets to top a perfect Thanksgiving

The holidays are the one time of year when it’s “okay” to cut loose with all your favorite dishes; complimented, of course, by terrific wine… Including great sweet wines to enjoy with desserts – who doesn’t love that?  Your Aunt Gladys and Uncle Boyd, your brother the wine geek, your sister the foodie, mom who loves everything and dad who always proclaims “I know what I like” but still can’t remember what he had last week – they all love the smaller sized bottlings winemakers probably work the hardest to craft:  sweet dessert wines. Just a handful of Lodi’s 75-odd.. VIEW MORE »

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 »

Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel so unique

July 30th, 2013
Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel so unique

So you think you know Lodi Zinfandel?  If you are ready to get your geek on, let’s delve into the six major reasons why Lodi grown Zinfandels are the way they are:  so compellingly lush, round, gentle, bright, and often distinctly earthy… Moderate Mediterranean climate influenced by cool coastal winds blowing through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Very porous yet rich, sandy loam soil (in Tokay series) on mostly lower lying, flat to gently sloped topography Choice of planting practices (most of Lodi’s older Zinfandel plantings are cultivated as head trained “goblets”) Choice of rootstocks (most of Lodi’s older Zinfandel plantings.. VIEW MORE »