Posts Tagged ‘Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’

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 »

Lodi’s alternative wine grapes, headed towards photo finish

September 5th, 2013
Lodi’s alternative wine grapes, headed towards photo finish

According to the 2012 Grape Acreage Report put out by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, approximately 10.2% of the total acreage of fruit bearing wine grape vines in California can be classified as “other” — including many of the “alternative” style varietals more common to Lodi than in other American wine regions, such as Albariño and Aglianico, Cinsaut and Souzão, Vermentino and Verdelho, Graciano and Teroldego, Marzemino and Montepulciano, Symphony and Schönburger, Touriga and Torrontés, Pinotage and Piquepoul, and many others of, frankly, commercially obscure identity, from Albalonga to Zweigelt. The other 89.8% are among the following list of California’s 16 most widely planted varieties or.. VIEW MORE »

Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel so unique

July 30th, 2013
Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel so unique

So you think you know Lodi Zinfandel?  If you are ready to get your geek on, let’s delve into the six major reasons why Lodi grown Zinfandels are the way they are:  so compellingly lush, round, gentle, bright, and often distinctly earthy… Moderate Mediterranean climate influenced by cool coastal winds blowing through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Very porous yet rich, sandy loam soil (in Tokay series) on mostly lower lying, flat to gently sloped topography Choice of planting practices (most of Lodi’s older Zinfandel plantings are cultivated as head trained “goblets”) Choice of rootstocks (most of Lodi’s older Zinfandel plantings.. VIEW MORE »

Ripken’s award winning Pinot Noir, home grown in the Delta

June 19th, 2013
Ripken’s award winning Pinot Noir, home grown in the Delta

Attention, fine wine shoppers:  Lodi is now growing some first class Pinot Noir! At least, this is what a discriminating panel thought about the 2010 Ripken Vineyards Lodi Pinot Noir ($20) when they awarded it a Gold medal and “Best of Class (of Lodi)” earlier this month, during the judging process of the 2013 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. To attain a Gold in this particular competition, wines like the Ripken Vineyards Pinot Noir are blind-tasted right alongside Pinot Noirs from the entire state, including vaunted regions like Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey.  This year 709 wineries entered 2,625 wines.. VIEW MORE »

Why Lodi Zinfandel rocks

October 19th, 2010
Why Lodi Zinfandel rocks

Zinfandel is Lodi’s pièce de resistance at the Lodi Wine & Art Auction… In our first seminar at Lodi’s memorable Treasure Island WineFest this past 10/10/10, we addressed the amazingly innovative, alternative style wines coming out of Lodi today.  Wines like the… lithe and lively, silken textured 2008 Uvaggio Vermentino Chrismas pudding-plump, zesty 2007 Ripken Primitivo remarkably supple, profusive, yet acidity charged 2008 Grands Amis Barbera dark, exotic, hugely recherché 2008 St. Jorge Alicante Bouschet monumentally full, chiseled yet opulently fruited 2006 Jesse’s Grove Ancient Vine Carignane … the last red wine, coming from ridiculously old and productive 121 year.. VIEW MORE »