Posts Tagged ‘Phillips Farms’

Lodi positioned to ride the growing passion for Petite Sirah

November 12th, 2013
Lodi positioned to ride the growing passion for Petite Sirah

While American wine lovers are familiar with Syrah – often sold as Shiraz on Australian labels – the popularity of this grape as a varietal red wine has been on a notable wane in recent years. Petite Sirah, on the other hand, has become more popular than ever.  It is not the same grape as Syrah:  it is a crossing of two grapes, Syrah and Peloursin, originally developed in Southern France in the 1880s, and introduced to California shortly thereafter.  Although wine connoisseurs have always considered Syrah to be the far greater of the two grapes, many American consumers now.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

September 25th, 2013
Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

Harvest is a great time of year for photographing wine grapes, which become the most identifiable by their colors, shapes and overall morphology during that fleeting window just before they are picked. Because Spring bud break and flowering occurred as much as two weeks ahead of normal in 2013, Lodi‘s harvest commenced during the first week of August with earlier ripening grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and higher acid/lower sugar Pinot Noir destined for sparkling wine production. Traditionally, harvesting of black skinned grapes for the making of fuller bodied red wines doesn’t start in earnest until mid-September, but this.. VIEW MORE »

Just picked: one of Lodi’s top Zinfandel vineyards and last of Bechthold Cinsaut

August 30th, 2013
Just picked:  one of Lodi’s top Zinfandel vineyards and last of Bechthold Cinsaut

“I was on fire when I woke up this morning,” says Jillian Johnson, the owner/winemaker of Onesta Wines.  On Friday, August 30, Ms. Johnson was the last of the slate of stellar winemakers to pick Cinsaut grapes from Bechthold Vineyard, the Lodi AVA‘s oldest vineyard (originally planted by Joseph Spenker in 1886).  ”I’m always stoked the day I pick Bechthold,” says Johnson.  ”Year in and year out, this vineyard performs no matter what, giving us beautiful, balanced fruit.  It was a great day when Mother Nature first gave us Bechthold.”  Johnson, in fact, has been working with Bechthold  longer than any of.. VIEW MORE »

2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

August 23rd, 2013
2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

Yesterday (August 21, 2013) Borra Vineyards picked their Kerner grapes, which are grown by Brett Koth at his family’s Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, tucked into the tip of the Mokelumne River’s “Peninsula” (where the river bends into an upside-down u-shape, on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA).  The Lodi AVA‘s Mokelumne Glen, for the record, cultivates the most extensive collection of German and Austrian grapes (over 40 varieties, whites and reds) on the entire West Coast. Kerner, in case you’re also wondering, is a white wine grape of German origin – a crossing of Riesling and another grape called.. VIEW MORE »

Michael David picks 2013 Chardonnay (early spring leads to one of Lodi’s earliest harvests)

August 7th, 2013
Michael David picks 2013 Chardonnay (early spring leads to one of Lodi’s earliest harvests)

This past Monday, August 5 Lodi’s Phillips Farms (the agricultural arm of Michael David Winery) began its second week of harvest 2013 with a picking of Chardonnay at their Bare Ranch property on Woodbridge Rd.  “In my lifetime,” says Kevin Phillips, the Phillips family’s VP of Operations and vineyard manager, “2013 is only the second time we ever started picking in July… the first time was in 2003.” According to Mr. Phillips, 2013 is running “two to three weeks earlier than normal for most varieties,” but not because of the scorching hot summer experienced not only in Lodi, but also.. VIEW MORE »