Posts Tagged ‘Vino Farms’

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 »