Posts Tagged ‘Steve Felten’

Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

December 4th, 2012
Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

What happens when you take 11 of Lodi’s best winemaker/growers, and sit them down at one table to blind-taste their own Zinfandels? In early November we did exactly that, in the Cellar Room of Lodi’s posh Wine & Roses Hotel & Spa.  Our focus was on Zinfandels from the 2010 vintage:  a year that has been characterized by more than a few winegrowers as very “North Coast” – meaning, a year of significantly cooler than normal weather throughout the growing season (only one day hitting 100° F. – fewer than what Napa Valley experienced in 2010). As a result, Lodi’s.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s best-of-the-best wines at the 2012 California State Fair

June 22nd, 2012
Lodi’s best-of-the-best wines at the 2012 California State Fair

Lodi grown wines garnered their share California State Fair awards, announced earlier this week.  That’s impressive, considering that there were 2,890 wines, made by 688 wineries, submitted for sober adjudication by 72 distinguished wine judges. 2,156 of these wines earned medals; but more importantly, a handful of  Lodi grown wines that garnered top top honors at the State Fair.  Especially this one – grown by Lodi’s Portuguese grape king, Ron Silva, up there in Galt – which was named best white wine period (“better” than over a 1,000 other white wines, of every type and in every category, entered into.. VIEW MORE »

Zintastic Lodi Wine & Art Auction

October 27th, 2010
Zintastic Lodi Wine & Art Auction

“Gala” doesn’t quite describe Artisan Masters’ Lodi Wine & Art Auction that took place in Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square this past Saturday (10/23).  How about, say, an extra-sensory, fantastical, phantasmagoric vinous adventure?  The eye opening spices and vividly flavorful barrels of ’09 and 2010 Zinfandels presented by twenty of Lodi’s top wineries certainly made many of our tongues skip such a light fandango.  Or, culinary tours de force?  “Culinary,” of course, in respect to wines, great food and people coming together to celebrate how far along Lodi wine has come:  to a point where we can pinpoint individual sub-regions and.. 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 »

The Treasure Island wine seminars

October 1st, 2010
The Treasure Island wine seminars

Remember 10/10/10! On October 10, 2010 the 2nd annual Treasure Island WineFest – Lodi on the Water in the San Francisco Bay will feature over 200 Lodi appellation wines, offered by over 45 wineries. There will also be four educational seminars, each demonstrating what makes Lodi wines tick, why everyone’s lovin’ them, and why there’s been such an explosion of accolades and awards garnered by this region:  still one of California’s best kept secrets, yet with a history of premium winegrowing dating back to the 1860s.  The seminars: 12:30 to 1:15 PM – What’s Hot and Cool in Lodi Today?.. VIEW MORE »