Posts Tagged ‘Steve Felten’

Concrete Zinfandel merges old school with space age technology

October 8th, 2014
Concrete Zinfandel merges old school with space age technology

Beneath the low key, grayish, mild mannered label of the newly released 2012 Concrete Lodi Zinfandel ($45) lies a big, flashy, super-powered expression of the grape, which has come to exemplify Lodi’s viticultural heritage. Concrete Wine. Co. winemaker Joseph Smith, who is also the winemaker for Klinker Brick Winery, makes no bones about what he and his two partners – Tyson Rippey and Barry Gnekow of The Lodi Vintners Group (where the Concrete Zinfandel is available for sale) – endeavored to do when conceiving this new brand: “We wanted to make a high end Zinfandel as good as any other.. VIEW MORE »

Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

May 28th, 2014
Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAD IT RIGHT Summer is three weeks away (June 21, 2014); but lately, it sure has felt like it has already arrived. Time was, when the weather caught fire, wine lovers would suddenly reach for ice-chilled bottles of fizzy Portuguese rosés in cute little bottles that could be turned into cheesy lamps or vases.  But that was grandma and grandpa.  Their kids discovered the joys of “Riunite on ice,” domestic Chenin Blanc, and later on, White Zinfandel or Chardonnays that were dryer than Chenin Blancs, but seemingly just as fruity. What are today’s younger adults thirsting for?  More and more of them seem to be gravitating.. VIEW MORE »

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 »