Posts Tagged ‘Vino Piazza’

The vinous labors of Chad Joseph

January 24th, 2011
The vinous labors of Chad Joseph

Lodi’s busiest consulting winemaker started off big, ended up small, and is lovin’ it… “You know what it’s like working with a million gallon tank?” asks Chad Joseph, talking about his first job as a winemaker, at E.&J. Gallo in Modesto.  “You can’t even throw a football all the way across it.” E.&J. Gallo, of course, doesn’t just employ winemakers.  They employ entire armies of winemakers.  In the late nineties Mr. Joseph worked his way up the ranks of teams responsible for brands like Carlo Rossi, Livingston Cellars, Turning Leaf, and Gallo Sonoma; in the end, gaining valuable experience working.. VIEW MORE »

Your game plan for Lodi’s “First Sip”

October 30th, 2010
Your game plan for Lodi’s “First Sip”

Block out November 13 & 14 on your calendars for Lodi’s annual THE FIRST SIP! The one wine region that holds an all-weekend party allowing visitors to preview wines from the spanking new vintage (this year:  2010s!) just days after coming off the vine? What is:  Lodi, of course!  Comparing visiting Lodi with most other wine regions is like kissing a boy or girl:  you can either catch pneumonia or fall in love.  In most places, when you walk into a tasting room, you get the putyourmoneydownautomatonattitude from the usual hourly employee.  In Lodi, you’re almost always warmly greeted by.. VIEW MORE »