Posts Tagged ‘Phillips Farms’

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 »

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 »

New to cellardoor: the dangerously delicious Onesta Wines

June 24th, 2014
New to cellardoor:  the dangerously delicious Onesta Wines

Jillian Johnson is in love.  There’s not much that her husband (Yuri DeLeon) can do about it, since this is an affair that dates back to 2004 – some nine years before she even met Mr. DeLeon – when Ms. Johnson was still the head winemaker at Bonny Doon Vineyard, based in Santa Cruz. Johnson’s object of affection is Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard, planted completely to Cinsaut grapes.  The 25-acre Bechthold has become one of California’s most venerated vineyards because it is the oldest continuously cultivated planting in Lodi:  originally planted in 1886 by Joseph Spenker; and today, owned by Spenker’s.. VIEW MORE »

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 »