Posts Tagged ‘Van Ruiten Family Winery’

Barbecue & wine: Van Ruiten Family’s Matt Ridge tests a tried-and-true theory

July 22nd, 2014
Barbecue & wine:  Van Ruiten Family’s Matt Ridge tests a tried-and-true theory

  At Lodi’s Tin Roof BBQ it’s all about barbecue.  Gloriously meaty, outdoor-smoky, not-too-fatty and not-too-sweetie barbecue, which is exactly the way that owner/chef Richard Berardi likes it. Mr. Berardi started up Tin Roof BBQ nine years ago on Guild Avenue in the east side of town as, strangely enough, someone who didn’t like barbecue.  “I’m a refugee from an Italian restaurant family,” he tells us, “and if there’s one thing you know about Italians, they’re always fighting… I wanted to get away from all that dysfunction and do something different.” And so barbecue it was.  The beauty of this.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wineries June concert calendar: honeyed moons & silvery tunes

May 30th, 2013
Lodi wineries June concert calendar:  honeyed moons & silvery tunes

Ah, the first rays of summer:  if you love to sip and dip while spooning and crooning love tunes under the honeyed moons of June, then Lodi Wine Country is where it’s at! As they do every summer, Lodi’s wineries are offering numerous ways to enjoy wine together with song during the coming month, providing (as Heritage Oak Winery’s Tom and Carmela Hoffman like to put it) the perfect “stress therapy.”  Better yet, for ticket prices that do not gouge the pocketbook! Please bear in mind:  San Joaquin County regulations prohibit outside alcohol beverages from being brought into winery venues. .. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

November 20th, 2012
Lodi Zinfandel’s transitioning styles & holiday food-moxie

This is the first of three consecutive parts of an autumn paen to Zinfandel.   That is, Lodi‘s special Zinfandels… Not too long ago, when people said “Zinfandel,” they usually meant something pink and sweet.  But those days are gone; and aside from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, virtually no winery in Lodi makes a (now) old fashioned, fruity White Zinfandel.  Zinfandel is back to being a red wine, period. The styles of Zinfandel, however, have undergone a few transitions since the White Zinfandel craze.  Before Zinfandel became pink, varietal bottlings of red Zinfandel tended to be fairly light, soft in tannin, and.. VIEW MORE »

Van Ruiten’s new winemaker has an uncommon “touch”

August 9th, 2012
Van Ruiten’s new winemaker has an uncommon “touch”

There is a new winemaker at Van Ruiten Family Winery; which, since founded by John Van Ruiten Sr. in 2000, has emerged as one of the Lodi American Viticultural Area’s most consistent, and beloved, producers of wines that are now sold in over 40 states across the country. Ryan Leeman, who crafted numerous award winning wines since joining the Van Ruitens in 2003, has recently left for a new position in Sonoma County.  This past June 2012, Matt Ridge has come aboard as winemaker, bringing his own strong set of skills and experience.  With Ridge’s arrival, the family is extremely.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi puts on most arduous wine seminar in the world at Steamboat Wine Festival

August 7th, 2012
Lodi puts on most arduous wine seminar in the world at Steamboat Wine Festival

Winter, spring, summer or fall, a visit to Steamboat Springs – a 6,732+ ft. elevation ski resort/community in the Rockies of Colorado – is a breathtaking affair.  Especially if you happened to participate in the Mud, Sweat and Cheers event that was part of the yearly Steamboat Wine Festival, which took place this past August 2-5. The mud, sweat and cheers were supplied by three vintners who were among the contingent of the seven wineries representing Lodi, and its “LoCA crazy-by-the-barrel” energy, at this mountain high festival:  Joe Lange of LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards, Michael McCay of McCay Cellars,.. VIEW MORE »