Posts Tagged ‘Lodi AVA’

Lodi son cooks Hawaiian inspired lunch with Acquiesce wines

July 1st, 2015
Lodi son cooks Hawaiian inspired lunch with Acquiesce wines

  What happens when a young, curious, forward-thinking, Lodi raised chef, after rigorous training under one of Hawai`i’s most renowned chefs, is given the opportunity to create a menu to match the wines of the Lod Viticultural Area’s Acquiesce Winery? Summery hot, fun, culinary fireworks, of course! “Acquiesce,” as owner/grower Sue Tipton is always quick to remind us, means “to surrender, to become quiet.” It is her mantra because it defines the style of her wines: crafted completely without the use of oak barrels to emphasize the natural qualities of the grapes that grow in her vineyard, located on Peltier.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines garner top honors at California State Fair

June 25th, 2015
Lodi wines garner top honors at California State Fair

  At the The Best of California Awards Ceremony this past Tuesday, June 23 in Sacramento’s Cal Expo, a significant number of Lodi AVA grown wines were awarded Blue Ribbons or Golden Bear trophies for finishing at the very top of several categories at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competiton. At this year’s competition, 72 judges sniffed, sipped and evaluated 2,881 wines submitted by 743 participating winery brands. The tasting format is “blind” – judges are not biased by knowledge of the brands or regions from where each wine comes. It was a 3-day process (June 3-5, 2015),.. VIEW MORE »

PRIE Vineyards joins Lodi’s community of small, specialty wineries

June 22nd, 2015
PRIE Vineyards joins Lodi’s community of small, specialty wineries

  The Lodi Viticultural Area’s latest artisanal wine producer, PRIE Vineyards, quietly opened its tasting room at 15628 N. Alpine Rd. (practically across the street from Klinker Brick Winery’s tasting room), this past April. Owners John and Lisa Gash may be newbies – “home” winemakers since 2005, and commercial winemakers since 2011 – but they are dead-serious about their winegrowing operation; having invested in an 8.5-acre vineyard previously planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, surrounding their low-key winery facilities designed for a maximum yearly production of 2000 cases. When you drive along N. Alpine Rd. on Lodi’s east-side, you drive past vineyard.. VIEW MORE »

Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

June 17th, 2015
Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

  We have this recurring dream. It’s almost mid-day. We wake up late, after some wine-soaked conversation deep into the night before, and still haven’t yet eaten. So after stopping at a tiny charcuterie for some cooked sausages, marinated olives, a round of local bread – tasting as sweet and silky as pancakes in the inside, crunchy as toasted crusts on the outside – and a bottle of wine, we follow a winding brook at the foot of a steep hill outside the village, in search of a table in the sky. The residual chill from earlier morning hours is.. VIEW MORE »

Why cool kids are lovin’ Lodi

June 11th, 2015
Why cool kids are lovin’ Lodi

    Recently, folks at local wineries have been reporting a growing influx of wine lovers of a different stripe. They’ve been coming in from major cities – San Francisco, L.A., Dallas, Chicago, New York, Vancouver – after reading about it in national magazines or the blogosphere, or catching a taste of it in a few bottles that say “Lodi.”  Sleek women in citified heels (awkward for walking between the rows of grapevines for selfies), and guys in goatees and/or hipster hats. Have Lodi wines and the Lodi Viticultural Region suddenly – or should we say finally – attained a “coolness”.. VIEW MORE »