Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’

ZAP’s annual San Francisco tasting ushering the arrival of Zinfandel as a serious grape

January 13th, 2015
ZAP’s annual San Francisco tasting ushering the arrival of Zinfandel as a serious grape

  In 1991, when ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) held the first of its annual tasting extravaganzas in San Francisco, there was little inkling of just how big an event it would become.  All the original organizers knew is that Zinfandel – a cultivar singled out by California’s winegrowing pioneers as far back as the 1850s – was in danger of becoming an under-appreciated grape, and they wanted to exhibit an unprecedented show of unity in support of this varietal wine, while offering consumers an opportunity to experience the best of them in one place. A smash-hit from the get-go,.. VIEW MORE »

Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

January 5th, 2015
Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

Happy 2015! We’re looking forward to another year of exciting achievements by the Lodi winegrowing community.  But before embarking towards this bright new horizon, we thought it worthwhile to take another look back at our favorite, and most informative, blogposts from 2014:  not so much out of fear of forgetting our past and being condemned to repeat it, but rather to sharpen our focus on the future with the clarity that invariably comes with hindsight. The world’s entire history of wine, in fact, is based upon what we learn from the past.  Winemaking and grape growing go back thousands of.. 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 »

A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)

November 21st, 2014
A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)

How does a French winemaker named Franck Lambert, with his India-born wife Rekha, celebrate Thanksgiving here in Lodi? Monsieur Lambert was born in Southern France and educated at University of Montpellier (where he attained a Master’s degree in winemaking). He has been a quiet but influential part of the Lodi winemaking community over the past 12 years. After working in France’s Alsace, Bordeaux and Languedoc regions, as well as a short time in South Africa, Lambert arrived in California’s Delta region in 2002 to be part of Michael David Winery’s rapid (or rather, explosive) expansion. As Michael David’s Senior Winemaker, Lambert.. VIEW MORE »

Three reasons why you should open a Lodi Zinfandel on National Zinfandel Day

November 16th, 2014
Three reasons why you should open a Lodi Zinfandel on National Zinfandel Day

This coming Wednesday, November 19, 2014 is National Zinfandel Day. We know, we know: there’s a day for everything these days. But National Zinfandel Day holds significance in Lodi because: • Zinfandel qualifies as California’s heritage grape because, for most of the past 160 years, it has been the state’s most widely planted grape (although today, it is California’s third most widely planted premium wine grape, behind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon). • The Lodi American Viticultural Area is easily California’s largest grower of Zinfandel; crushing some 40% of the state’s crop each year. Naturally, here on lodiwine.com and related sites,.. VIEW MORE »