Posts Tagged ‘Tannat’

Michael David’s commitments lead to top honors at California State Fair

July 11th, 2014
Michael David’s commitments lead to top honors at California State Fair

This past June 14, 2014, when the California State Fair announced the top awards resulting from its famously rigorous wine judging taking place in Sacramento each year, one Lodi winery loomed significantly among the winners:  Lodi’s Michael David Winery. Michael David’s two awards: “Best Petite Sirah” – 2012 Michael David Earthquake Lodi Petite Sirah ($26) “Best Lodi Red” – 2012 Michael David Inkblot Lodi Cabernet Franc ($35) Michael David is easily the largest of Lodi’s premium wineries; having grown from just a couple thousand cases in the early nineties to over 450,000 cases produced each year.  Today, Michael David’s brands.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s thirty-six % solution: delicious wines from less familiar grapes

June 3rd, 2014
Lodi’s thirty-six % solution:  delicious wines from less familiar grapes

One of the more interesting things to come along over the past year have been the “Seven % Solution” tastings popping up here and there.  Originally conceived by a Healdsburg wine retailer, the 7% is in reference to the idea that 93% of the wine grape acreage in California’s North Coast consists of just eight grapes, going into most of the popular varietal wines sold today:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the Lodi AVA – California’s largest single winegrowing region – skews the 7% formulation somewhat.  Lodi is steady in multiple.. VIEW MORE »

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 »