Posts Tagged ‘McCay Cellars’

Appreciating Zinfandels (especially from Lodi) like a sommelier

August 12th, 2014
Appreciating Zinfandels (especially from Lodi) like a sommelier

In seminars at the 2014 Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Experience (i.e. ZAP) in San Francisco this past January, some of California’s top sommeliers presented Zinfandels from their perspective: in terms of terroir, or “sense of place.” Why terroir; and not, say, varietal character? The Zinfandel grape produces red wines that, more than others, are usually appreciated or evaluated in terms of their fruit profile – a rich, full, often jammy berryishness – rather than sensations reflecting geographic origins. But for many wine lovers, Zinfandel can be just as noble a varietal as, say, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or any other.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard is named California’s “Vineyard of the Year”

June 30th, 2014
Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard is named California’s “Vineyard of the Year”

I can’t quite put words to why I am profoundly comforted by the fact that a wine can also be a place, that mere fermented grapes can coalesce into a product of such rare beauty and meaning. – Randall Grahm (owner/winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyard) To many of the growers and winemakers in Lodi today – now in their third, fourth, fifth or even sixth generation of Delta farming – the fruits of their labors have always been what has tethered their families to this American Viticultural Area, with or without the recognition of their peers in California or elsewhere.  Lodi.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s thirty-six % solution: delicious wines from less familiar grapes

June 3rd, 2014
Lodi’s thirty-six % solution:  delicious wines from less familiar grapes

One of the more interesting things to come along over the past year have been the “Seven % Solution” tastings popping up here and there.  Originally conceived by a Healdsburg wine retailer, the 7% is in reference to the idea that 93% of the wine grape acreage in California’s North Coast consists of just eight grapes, going into most of the popular varietal wines sold today:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the Lodi AVA – California’s largest single winegrowing region – skews the 7% formulation somewhat.  Lodi is steady in multiple.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

April 17th, 2014
Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March. All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent.  The particulars… 4:00-4:40 PM – ZinFest Wine School:  The Lodi Native Project Moderated by Randy Caparoso – The SOMM Journal & lodiwine.com Tim Holdener – Macchia Wines.. VIEW MORE »

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

April 4th, 2014
Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

  The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented.  At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don’t.. VIEW MORE »