Posts Tagged ‘Tannat’

In praise of untannic reds (especially for Julia Child’s French burgers!)

November 6th, 2013
In praise of untannic reds (especially for Julia Child’s French burgers!)

In a recent article appearing in Decanter – a U.K. based publication that bills itself as the “world’s best wine magazine” (and perhaps it is) – a critic named Andrew Jefford  related a recent experience comparing two red wines made from the same grape (Tannat), one from Lodi and one from South-West France: A couple of weeks ago, I tasted (in the same afternoon) a Tannat from the Alta Mesa AVA in warm Lodi (made by Ursa Vineyards using fruit from Ron Silva’s Silvaspoons Vineyard) a couple of hours before trying a barrel sample of the 2012 Vignes Préphylloxériques, a Tannat.. 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 »

Pasos Tannat can crank up summer grills

July 19th, 2012
Pasos Tannat can crank up summer grills

Tannat is not a wine grape to be trifled with.  Its black-purplish color can be intimidating, and its thick, tannin laden texture a mountainous affair.  If none of that bothers you in a red wine, then you can, to paraphrase Jimi Hendrix, chop it down with the edge of your hand.  Maybe pick up all the pieces and make an island, like a kid playing with food on the plate. At least that’s what Antonio Pasos seems like:  a winemaker shaping iconoclastic wines seemingly out of mounds of sand.  Mr. Pasos works out of his Pasos Vineyards winery in Vino.. VIEW MORE »

Ursa Vineyards discovers Basque roots in Lodi grown Tannat

March 1st, 2012
Ursa Vineyards discovers Basque roots in Lodi grown Tannat

 Ursa Vineyards is made up of the husband and wife winemaking team of Greg Stokes and Deborah Elissagaray, who founded their own winery in the Sierra Foothills sub-AVA of El Dorado in 2001. Yet a large part of Stokes and Elissagary’s book comes from grapes grown by Ron Silva of Silvaspoons Vineyards, located in Lodi’s Alta Mesa AVA.  Particularly one that pays homage to Ms. Ellisagaray’s Basque heritage:  the black skinned grape called Tannat.  They also produce varietals from Silvaspoons grown grapes of Portuguese origin; including Verdelho for white wine, and Souzão for a smooth, bouncy table red as well as a sweet Port style red. Stokes and Elissagaray.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s uncommonly dark, intense Inkblots

January 19th, 2011
Lodi’s uncommonly dark, intense Inkblots

If there’s one thing Lodi does very, very well, it’s red wines made from “alternative” grapes that are also extraordinarily rich, concentrated, and unique.  Red wines that appeal to jaded palates looking for things other than the usual Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  Wines that fulfill deep seated longings for ultra-dark and thick red wine sensations, but not made from Syrah or Petite Sirah either. This is what Michael~David Winery’s Inkblot program is all about.  First, the name says it all:  these are wines selected because they are so black, purplish, and wonderful that you not only want to write.. VIEW MORE »