Posts Tagged ‘Vino Farms’

Rare hat trick: Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

June 1st, 2015
Rare hat trick:  Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

  Lodi hat trick Over the past year the Lodi Viticultural Area has achieved something of a hat trick; garnering no less than three prestigious California wine industry awards for • 2014 Vineyard of the Year – Bestowed by the California State Fair, an award going to the little Bechthold Vineyard, located on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA. • 2014 Grower of the Year – Awarded to Lodi’s Vino Farms by the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) at this group’s Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence Program, held last July in Carmel Valley. • 2014 Winery of.. VIEW MORE »

Ripken’s award winning Pinot Noir, home grown in the Delta

June 19th, 2013
Ripken’s award winning Pinot Noir, home grown in the Delta

Attention, fine wine shoppers:  Lodi is now growing some first class Pinot Noir! At least, this is what a discriminating panel thought about the 2010 Ripken Vineyards Lodi Pinot Noir ($20) when they awarded it a Gold medal and “Best of Class (of Lodi)” earlier this month, during the judging process of the 2013 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. To attain a Gold in this particular competition, wines like the Ripken Vineyards Pinot Noir are blind-tasted right alongside Pinot Noirs from the entire state, including vaunted regions like Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey.  This year 709 wineries entered 2,625 wines.. VIEW MORE »

Ironstone’s astounding Petite Sirah from little known Sloughhouse appellation

May 3rd, 2012
Ironstone’s astounding Petite Sirah from little known Sloughhouse appellation

Of the seven sub-appellations – officially called American Viticultural Areas (i.e. AVAs) – within the greater Lodi AVA, the Sloughhouse AVA (officially recognized in 2006) is among the least known, despite its incredible potential. Case in point:  the 2010 Ironstone Lodi Petite Sirah ($10), grown primarily in Sloughhouse, is an unbelievably well priced red wine of astounding quality – starting with its classic black pepper grinder varietal nose tinged with aromas of blueberry pie, cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), cedarwood, and gravelly, wild shrubby, almost garrigue-like aromas (like twigs of lavender and rosemary), piling onto the palate in a medium-full body rounded.. VIEW MORE »

It’s a wonderful life at Vino Farms

December 11th, 2010
It’s a wonderful life at Vino Farms

It’s mid-December, and who among us is not thinking about… It’s a Wonderful Life?  We sure were, last week when Chris Storm, Viticulturist for Lodi’s Vino Farms, took us through this vineyard management company’s showcase property:  grandly named Grand Vin Lands. Located on the far western edge of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA off E. Peltier, Grand Vin Lands is a 225 acre vineyard serving as both a source of high quality grapes and a pilot program for sustainable farming, as defined by the most pro-active articles of Lodi’s ground breaking, third party (Protected Harvest) certification program, called Lodi Rules. Walking.. VIEW MORE »