Posts Tagged ‘Sangiovese’

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 »

The most spectacular time of year: veraison 2013 in Lodi

July 17th, 2013
The most spectacular time of year:  veraison 2013 in Lodi

During the past two weeks Lodi Wine Country has been in the midst of véraison:  the originally French viticultural term which translates into “onset of ripening.” What is happening before our eyes?  Berries in grapes destined to produce red wines are beginning to don their mid-season apparel – brilliant, beautiful shades of red, violet and blue – as the green colored chlorophyll in their skins start to break down.  It is a spectacular time of year.  Berries destined to produce white wines begin to form carotenoids; while in red wine varieties, anthocyanins, xanthophylls, flavonoids, volatile compounds, and phenolic compounds – building blocks crucial to red.. VIEW MORE »