Posts Tagged ‘Soucie Vineyard’

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

April 4th, 2014
Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

  The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented.  At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don’t.. VIEW MORE »

m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

March 3rd, 2014
m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

The new m2 Wines winery and tasting room, located at 2900 E. Peltier Rd. (just north of the town of Lodi), is a low slung, rectangular, 6,000 square-feet affair; looking like a gigantic lego brick with a square hole near the middle, plopped down on an open field of flowering mustard (a surrounding vineyard is planned as phase 2), yet every bit as congruous against the Lodi landscape as an Andrew Wyeth house/barn in Maine. “It’s a helluva lot easier to work,” says m2 founder/owner/winemaker Layne Montgomery, comparing it to his original winery space, in an industrial warehouse on the.. VIEW MORE »

Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

December 18th, 2013
Choosing Lodi’s top Zinfandels by style, not someone else’s opinion

It’s the same for all wine regions that become known for certain wines… be it Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon; Sonoma, Santa Barbara or Willamette Valley for Pinot Noir; or Lodi for Zinfandel:  choosing what is “best” becomes more a matter of personal taste or preference. In other words, don’t believe numerical scores or “expert” ratings — that’s just nonsense.  A 95-point wine may be the worst tasting wine to you; whereas a wine that scores “just” 88 might be absolute perfection to your taste.  It’s a process (and a fun one!), but you have to figure what’s best for.. VIEW MORE »

Ancient winemaking, taste of a place, and luscious Zinfandel beef stew

October 31st, 2013
Ancient winemaking, taste of a place, and luscious Zinfandel beef stew

There is a memorable story in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, told by the character of the faithful Sancho Panza, concerning the great wine connoissurs in his family; particularly, two on his father’s side who were once challenged to identify an anonymous wine from a barrel. The first one brought the wine to the tip of his tongue, and declared the flavor of iron.  The second one just needed to pass it under his nose before declaring a stronger flavor of cordovan leather.  The owner of the wine protested, however, saying his wine was perfectly clean, with no trace of iron or.. 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 »