Posts Tagged ‘Lodi AVA’

Lodi wines, grapes, and ZAP feelin’ the love

January 27th, 2015
Lodi wines, grapes, and ZAP feelin’ the love

  This week Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) hosts its twenty-fourth annual “Experience” in San Francisco (on January 28), attended by thousands of avowed Zinfandel enthusiastss.  2015′s chosen theme:  “Zinfandel is a rising star – reach out and grab it.” For many reasons, you can probably also say the same thing about about Lodi:  as a winegrowing region – easily the largest (in terms of acres of wine grapes planted) in the U.S. – the Lodi AVA is a rising, and increasingly accessible, star. 1991 was the year when ZAP as well as the Lodi Winegrape Commission – a consortium of.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines shine where they should at 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

January 18th, 2015
Lodi wines shine where they should at 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  Wine judgings don’t get much bigger or more prestigious than the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Last week’s event – completed January 13, 2015 – was no different: a total of 6,417 wines entered from more than 28 states. There were Gold Medal winners from California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Texas, Ohio, New York, and of course, Lodi. The Lodi AVA, in fact, held its own in the areas you would expect, such as value priced Zinfandels (a total of six Gold Medals given to Lodi Zinfandels priced under $20) and Mediterranean varietals such as Syrah, Petite.. VIEW MORE »

The lowdown on what’s happening during Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

January 15th, 2015
The lowdown on what’s happening during Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

  Don’t look now, but Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is just around the corner: coming up February 7 & 8, 2015 (Saturday/Sunday). Time’s a’wastin’, if you’re still just thinking about it! This will be the 18th annual celebration of Lodi’s eminently approachable, luscious, juicy style of wines, showcased with a proliferation of complimentary chocolates, savory treats, and fountains of love, love, love. It has become the most popular weekend wine event in Lodi wine country, and for good reason: what better way to seal one’s love and devotion to significant others, or whole groups of friends and family? Over.. VIEW MORE »

ZAP’s annual San Francisco tasting ushering the arrival of Zinfandel as a serious grape

January 13th, 2015
ZAP’s annual San Francisco tasting ushering the arrival of Zinfandel as a serious grape

  In 1991, when ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) held the first of its annual tasting extravaganzas in San Francisco, there was little inkling of just how big an event it would become.  All the original organizers knew is that Zinfandel – a cultivar singled out by California’s winegrowing pioneers as far back as the 1850s – was in danger of becoming an under-appreciated grape, and they wanted to exhibit an unprecedented show of unity in support of this varietal wine, while offering consumers an opportunity to experience the best of them in one place. A smash-hit from the get-go,.. VIEW MORE »

Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

January 5th, 2015
Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

Happy 2015! We’re looking forward to another year of exciting achievements by the Lodi winegrowing community.  But before embarking towards this bright new horizon, we thought it worthwhile to take another look back at our favorite, and most informative, blogposts from 2014:  not so much out of fear of forgetting our past and being condemned to repeat it, but rather to sharpen our focus on the future with the clarity that invariably comes with hindsight. The world’s entire history of wine, in fact, is based upon what we learn from the past.  Winemaking and grape growing go back thousands of.. VIEW MORE »