Posts Tagged ‘Tokay’

A history of Lodi winegrowing, part 2

September 23rd, 2014
A history of Lodi winegrowing, part 2

  Prohibition’s unexpected bounty It would seem that Prohibition – technically banning the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. during the years between its enactment in 1919 and repeal in 1933 – should have spelled the death of the American wine grape industry, and force growers to focus on table grapes and other crops. But in fact, most of Lodi’s wine grape growers made out like bandits during Prohibition, thanks to one provision in the Volstead Act of 1919, called Section 29: allowing the head of every household to produce up to 200 gallons of wine (or any other.. 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 »

The most spectacular time of year: veraison 2013 in Lodi

July 17th, 2013
The most spectacular time of year:  veraison 2013 in Lodi

During the past two weeks Lodi Wine Country has been in the midst of véraison:  the originally French viticultural term which translates into “onset of ripening.” What is happening before our eyes?  Berries in grapes destined to produce red wines are beginning to don their mid-season apparel – brilliant, beautiful shades of red, violet and blue – as the green colored chlorophyll in their skins start to break down.  It is a spectacular time of year.  Berries destined to produce white wines begin to form carotenoids; while in red wine varieties, anthocyanins, xanthophylls, flavonoids, volatile compounds, and phenolic compounds – building blocks crucial to red.. VIEW MORE »

Abba Vineyards grows Grenache comparable to “Pinot Noir”

May 9th, 2013
Abba Vineyards grows Grenache comparable to “Pinot Noir”

Michael McCay, the owner/winemaker of McCay Cellars, believes that Lodi might have discovered “its own Pinot Noir.”  He’s thinking, however, that it may be red wines made from the Grenache grape. “There is a lot of potential for Grenache in Lodi,” says McCay.  “It may become one of the great grapes of Lodi, right up there with Zinfandel.  It’s the perfect fit for our Mediterranean climate.” Wherefore the Pinot Noir analogy?  Explains McCay, “We can make can make an incredibly elegant style of wine in Lodi because of our consistent, predictable growing season.  The sun comes up over the Sierras.. VIEW MORE »

The fiery fall and resplendent resurrection of Flame Tokay

March 6th, 2012
The fiery fall and resplendent resurrection of Flame Tokay

Is there no end to the originality and authenticity of Lodi as an American Viticultural Area? The 2009 Jessie’s Grove Lodi Ancient Vine Tokay ($35/500 ML) is like a strangely beautiful, exotic bird.  According to winemaker/proprietor Greg Burns, it is “another one of our sweet indulgences.”  Oh, it is something of a sweet, fortified (16.82% alcohol) dessert wine, yet is emphatically the opposite of the heavy, cloying type of sweet wine usually relegated to “dessert.” In fact, Burns’ Ancient Vine Tokay seems light as a feather floating on a spring breeze, with a lemony crisp balance to its sweetness, and.. VIEW MORE »