Posts Tagged ‘Maley Vineyard’

The most spectacular time of year: veraison 2013 in Lodi

July 17th, 2013
The most spectacular time of year:  veraison 2013 in Lodi

During the past two weeks Lodi Wine Country has been in the midst of véraison:  the originally French viticultural term which translates into “onset of ripening.” What is happening before our eyes?  Berries in grapes destined to produce red wines are beginning to don their mid-season apparel – brilliant, beautiful shades of red, violet and blue – as the green colored chlorophyll in their skins start to break down.  It is a spectacular time of year.  Berries destined to produce white wines begin to form carotenoids; while in red wine varieties, anthocyanins, xanthophylls, flavonoids, volatile compounds, and phenolic compounds – building blocks crucial to red.. VIEW MORE »

Dry cold 2012 winter concerns Lodi winegrowers

March 9th, 2012
Dry cold 2012 winter concerns Lodi winegrowers

By the middle of March the yearly pruning of Lodi’s vineyards, which for big growers can start as early as the December before, is usually all done — just in time for buds left on the naked vines to begin to pop open and grow into new shoots.  But because of 2012’s dry winter – less than half the January-February rainfall than normal – many of Lodi’s growers are thinking that March 2012 may have arrived too soon. It is, however, not the fear that vines may mistake the dry ground for a signal to bud break sooner that worries.. VIEW MORE »

The zin lovers’ last minute gift list

December 14th, 2010
The zin lovers’ last minute gift list

One more weekend to shop, but this is no time to panic… What do you give a Zinfandel lover who has everything, has been there and done that?  It is possible to find something he (or she) would shout hallelujah! about in the early hours of Christmas morn; and that something would be something rare, highly individualistic (in terms of pure winemaking aesthetics), and yes, a bit of an expenditure (operative term:  “bit,” since even rare, higher priced Lodi wines are still such damned good values). The following four gift ideas can be found at their respective wineries (visit their.. VIEW MORE »