Posts Tagged ‘Lodi AVA’

Estate Crush is Downtown Lodi’s one-stop for numerous finely crafted brands

December 17th, 2014
Estate Crush is Downtown Lodi’s one-stop for numerous finely crafted brands

  Attention, last-minute Lodi wine shoppers: Caught in the usual pre-Christmas time crunch? Then we have the perfect one-stop, direct-from-the-source solution for you: Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush. Estate Crush is a custom-crush winery facility serving over 80 separate clients. This means they make wines for basically 80+ wineries; about half of them commercial brands, and many of them Lodi based as either local growers and/or independent entrepreneurs looking to get their own brand started up. A number of highly regarded wineries who are now doing their own thing, such as Oak Farm Vineyards and Viñedos Aurora, originally got their start.. VIEW MORE »

Match made for December: Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

December 15th, 2014
Match made for December:  Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

  You can look at the increasingly short, dark, dreary days of December in two different ways: as a doggoned shame, or as the perfect excuse to enjoy the type of wines and foods that these days call for. Mike Hodge, co-owner of Twisted Roots Vineyard & Winery, has the perfect prescription for those who choose the positive course: the 2011 Twisted Roots Lodi Petite Sirah ($25) with rosemary lamb shanks. (Twisted Roots multi-award winning wines are available locally at Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush). 2014 has been a significant year for the “Twisted Gang,” with the opening of their new.. VIEW MORE »

Three things that matter (when getting the most out of wine)

December 4th, 2014
Three things that matter (when getting the most out of wine)

GETTING SOME FUN OUT OF WINE When most of us enjoy our wine, we don’t like to think about it too much. We don’t need to ooh and ah over the “bouquet,” and we don’t need to take tiny sips and roll the wine in our mouth for 60 seconds before pronouncing it good. Ah, but there are still few things that matter when it comes to getting the maximum pleasure from a bottle, whether it is a $10 Sauvignon Blanc, an $18 Zinfandel or a $180 Cabernet Sauvignon. Because, it is true: you can lessen you enjoyment if everything.. VIEW MORE »

How to be your own judge of good wine

December 2nd, 2014
How to be your own judge of good wine

Burgundy, schmurgundy I started out on Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff. Not really. But that line from one of Bob Dylan’s classic old songs (Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues) always sounded great. Burgundy is a place in France where they grow grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. During Dylan’s early (and, many say, best) days – the sixties and seventies – Burgundy, to most Americans, was the cheap, easy drinking, generic red wine you would usually buy by the gallon or half-gallon “jug.” To the eternal horror of the French, the “Burgundy” made in California rarely, if ever,.. VIEW MORE »

A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)

November 21st, 2014
A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)

How does a French winemaker named Franck Lambert, with his India-born wife Rekha, celebrate Thanksgiving here in Lodi? Monsieur Lambert was born in Southern France and educated at University of Montpellier (where he attained a Master’s degree in winemaking). He has been a quiet but influential part of the Lodi winemaking community over the past 12 years. After working in France’s Alsace, Bordeaux and Languedoc regions, as well as a short time in South Africa, Lambert arrived in California’s Delta region in 2002 to be part of Michael David Winery’s rapid (or rather, explosive) expansion. As Michael David’s Senior Winemaker, Lambert.. VIEW MORE »