Posts Tagged ‘Lodi AVA’

Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores

October 28th, 2014
Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores

100-point scores for rating wines: not every retail store features them as their “shelf talkers,” but it seems like most of them do. But let the wine buyer beware: 100-point numerical scales – which strongly suggest some kind of authoritative mathematical precision – are, in fact, rarely accurate in terms of assessing true quality, and are more likely to provide you with a totally hit-and-miss idea of what wines you may enjoy most. Think of it this way: most of us do not understand wine nearly as much as the way we may understand things like music, books, films, food,.. VIEW MORE »

Beauty of whole berry Sangiovese fermentation at Sorelle Winery

October 24th, 2014
Beauty of whole berry Sangiovese fermentation at Sorelle Winery

We want to revisit our video taken of Sorelle Winery estate’s 2014 Sangiovese harvest this past September 19 because it • Shows the pure beauty of the Sangiovese grape in the field, and how gracefully it has adapted to the sandy/clay loam soil in Sorelle’s vineyard, located at the southernmost edge of the Lodi AVA, just a few feet north of the Calaveras River. • Gives you a good moving picture of the meticulous care that the Scott family takes in the vineyard and winery – particularly the whole berry fermentation of the Sangiovese fruit, which brings out the brightest,.. VIEW MORE »

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 »