Posts Tagged ‘Sangiovese’

Beauty of whole berry Sangiovese fermentation at Sorelle Winery

October 24th, 2014
Beauty of whole berry Sangiovese fermentation at Sorelle Winery

We want to revisit our video taken of Sorelle Winery estate’s 2014 Sangiovese harvest this past September 19 because it • Shows the pure beauty of the Sangiovese grape in the field, and how gracefully it has adapted to the sandy/clay loam soil in Sorelle’s vineyard, located at the southernmost edge of the Lodi AVA, just a few feet north of the Calaveras River. • Gives you a good moving picture of the meticulous care that the Scott family takes in the vineyard and winery – particularly the whole berry fermentation of the Sangiovese fruit, which brings out the brightest,.. VIEW MORE »

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

October 1st, 2014
What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

What makes Lodi wines special? Just ten, fifteen years ago, the stock image of Lodi was as a place where Gigantic wineries, such as E. & J. Gallo and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, get their grapes for their bulk wines. There is a lot of Zinfandel. My, how time flies. Lodi is still known for Zinfandel, and much of the AVA‘s grapes still supply big wineries. But all of the sudden, Lodi is also becoming known for more, much more. We are counting at least seven “new” ways in which Lodi is now being defined in the minds of consumers,.. VIEW MORE »

Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

January 15th, 2014
Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

Let’s talk chicken and wine matches.  ¿Por qué? Chicken is for all-time, anytime, and everywhere – on the menu of three-star restaurants, and on the menu in every home, in every pot or skillet, any night of the week.  Paul Bocuse and Julia Child have made chicken a fetish, and so have Colonel Sanders and Lady Gaga (okay – so the latter’s, more like a statement). Chicken loves company – especially in the way of bottled wine – and picking a good one is not one of life’s difficult tasks.  The great thing about chicken, of course, is that there.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

October 8th, 2013
Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

Zinfandel, as everyone knows, has always been Lodi’s big schtick; which is why it’s easy to forget that this American Viticultural Area is easily California’s largest grower of grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  Lodi, in fact, crushes more Cabernet Sauvignon than Napa and Sonoma combined. Where does all this Cabernet Sauvignon go?  Most of it into the fermenting vats of big wineries, of course; and quite a bit of it blended anonymously with Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings from other regions, like Napa Valley and Paso Robles.  As old-timers like to point out, this is why there’s a Lodi Lane in the.. 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 »