Posts Tagged ‘Lodi AVA’

Oak Farm Vineyards opens its ambitious new winery and tasting room

October 21st, 2014
Oak Farm Vineyards opens its ambitious new winery and tasting room

This Saturday, October 25, 2014, one of the Lodi AVA’s most ambitious producers ever will be opening the doors of its new tasting room and winery for the first time. Oak Farm Vineyards is a 70-acre estate (60 acres planted to vines), located near the end of N. DeVries Rd., just north of Peltier Rd. towards the upper-west corner of the Mokelumne River AVA. It is also the site of a plantation and stately colonial style home originally built by William DeVries in 1864. DeVries, who lived there until his death in 1908, was a tree lover: hence the numerous,.. VIEW MORE »

Bokisch Vineyards on all you need to know about Graciano, Garnacha and “egg” fermentations

October 16th, 2014
Bokisch Vineyards on all you need to know about Graciano, Garnacha and “egg” fermentations

It’s old news around here:  Bokisch Vineyards‘ Markus Bokisch is one of the most interesting men in the (wine) world.  We especially like him for the erudite ways in which he files his harvest reports. It’s a matter of perspective:  Mr. Bokisch, after all, farms over 2,000 acres of wine grapes in no less than six of the Lodi AVA‘s seven official sub-appellations.  He supplies over 50 wineries with grapes; and not just the specialty Iberian varieties for which Bokisch Ranches is best known (Albariño, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Verdejo, et al.), but also the mainstream varieties that are in highest demand.. VIEW MORE »

Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

October 14th, 2014
Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

This time of year, to borrow a little from John Keats‘ phraseology, is when beaded bubbles are brimming in the bins, and winemakers are smiling with purple stained mouths.  Wine flows so much like poetry in California, you almost forget that it is still an agricultural product, and that Mother Nature always has the first, and last, word on everything. So it was with the 2014 harvest in the Lodi AVA, drawing to a close as we speak – a good two to three weeks ahead of the usual schedule.  Generally speaking, both growers and winemakers have been pleased with the.. VIEW MORE »

Concrete Zinfandel merges old school with space age technology

October 8th, 2014
Concrete Zinfandel merges old school with space age technology

Beneath the low key, grayish, mild mannered label of the newly released 2012 Concrete Lodi Zinfandel ($45) lies a big, flashy, super-powered expression of the grape, which has come to exemplify Lodi’s viticultural heritage. Concrete Wine. Co. winemaker Joseph Smith, who is also the winemaker for Klinker Brick Winery, makes no bones about what he and his two partners – Tyson Rippey and Barry Gnekow of The Lodi Vintners Group (where the Concrete Zinfandel is available for sale) – endeavored to do when conceiving this new brand: “We wanted to make a high end Zinfandel as good as any other.. VIEW MORE »

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

October 1st, 2014
What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

What makes Lodi wines special? Just ten, fifteen years ago, the stock image of Lodi was as a place where Gigantic wineries, such as E. & J. Gallo and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, get their grapes for their bulk wines. There is a lot of Zinfandel. My, how time flies. Lodi is still known for Zinfandel, and much of the AVA‘s grapes still supply big wineries. But all of the sudden, Lodi is also becoming known for more, much more. We are counting at least seven “new” ways in which Lodi is now being defined in the minds of consumers,.. VIEW MORE »