Posts Tagged ‘Vitis vinifera’

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 3) – Grapes, ungrafted vines, rags to riches

April 1st, 2015
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 3) – Grapes, ungrafted vines, rags to riches

  Continued from:  The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1 and part 2)  Transition from Table Grape to Premium Varietal Wine Production About 40% of California’s entire annual Zinfandel production is grown in the Lodi AVA; almost all of that, in the 42,000 acres of planted vines comprising the Lodi sub-region of Mokelumne River AVA. While Zinfandel is considered Mokelumne River’s heritage wine grape – cultivated in the region since the late 1850s – it is by no means the only variety of Vitis vinifera flourishing in this appellation. Black skinned varieties such as Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache, Barbera and.. VIEW MORE »

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

March 26th, 2015
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

Boundaries, heart and soul The Mokelumne River AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of the seven sub-appellations located within the larger Lodi AVA established in August 2006 by the TTB (the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Tax and Trade Bureau). The AVA is named after the Mokelumne River, which drains out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the San Joaquin River, meandering through the northern portion of the established appellation, with connecting creeks, sloughs, a canal and aqueduct running through its interior. To qualify as an AVA, every region must demonstrate historic reasons justifying its boundaries and identity. “Mokelumne” is.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

December 28th, 2014
Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

Jeremy Wilson – a sommelier who writes the Texas Wine Lover site and lives in the officially recognized Texas Hill Country AVA (approved in 1991), where he works for Kuhlman Cellars – recently wrote to us, telling us that he believes the Lodi AVA has a lot in common with the Texas wine industry. Not knowing a lot about Texas wines, we asked Mr. Wilson to help us catch his drift. His immediate response: “Our high quality winemaking movement is still so young that many people are totally unaware that we even have a wine industry in Texas. Our wines weren’t much.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s thirty-six % solution: delicious wines from less familiar grapes

June 3rd, 2014
Lodi’s thirty-six % solution:  delicious wines from less familiar grapes

One of the more interesting things to come along over the past year have been the “Seven % Solution” tastings popping up here and there.  Originally conceived by a Healdsburg wine retailer, the 7% is in reference to the idea that 93% of the wine grape acreage in California’s North Coast consists of just eight grapes, going into most of the popular varietal wines sold today:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the Lodi AVA – California’s largest single winegrowing region – skews the 7% formulation somewhat.  Lodi is steady in multiple.. VIEW MORE »

The decidedly unknown (yet fantastic) Charbono grape

February 4th, 2014
The decidedly unknown (yet fantastic) Charbono grape

In a recent polemic issued on his Web site, the widely read wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. commented on the disproportionate attention paid to “unknown” grapes by some of the new “absolutists”: “What we also have from this group of absolutists is a near-complete rejection of some of the finest grapes and the wines they produce.  Instead they espouse, with enormous gusto and noise, grapes and wines that are virtually unknown.  That’s their number one criteria – not how good it is, but how obscure it is” Ouch.  It’s been said that Mr. Parker is the single most influential.. VIEW MORE »