Posts Tagged ‘McCay Cellars’

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 »

Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

September 10th, 2014
Snapshots of Lodi’s 2014 harvest: coming in fast and furious

The second week of September is usually when the California grape harvest is just getting started. This year, at this same time, many growers and vintners are saying that they are more than a third of the way through. Why the accelerated time table? Three things conspired to upset 2014’s grape carts to some extent: • Spring bud break and flowering occurred two weeks (or more) ahead of normal, pushing up harvest dates accordingly. • Because grape vines respond to year-to-year variables, the larger than usual crop sizes of the two previous vintages (2012 and 2013) pre-ordained a more moderate.. VIEW MORE »

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 »