Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

April 17th, 2014
Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March. All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent.  The particulars… 4:00-4:40 PM – ZinFest Wine School:  The Lodi Native Project Moderated by Randy Caparoso – The SOMM Journal & lodiwine.com Tim Holdener – Macchia Wines.. VIEW MORE »

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

April 4th, 2014
Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

  The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented.  At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don’t.. VIEW MORE »

m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

March 3rd, 2014
m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

The new m2 Wines winery and tasting room, located at 2900 E. Peltier Rd. (just north of the town of Lodi), is a low slung, rectangular, 6,000 square-feet affair; looking like a gigantic lego brick with a square hole near the middle, plopped down on an open field of flowering mustard (a surrounding vineyard is planned as phase 2), yet every bit as congruous against the Lodi landscape as an Andrew Wyeth house/barn in Maine. “It’s a helluva lot easier to work,” says m2 founder/owner/winemaker Layne Montgomery, comparing it to his original winery space, in an industrial warehouse on the.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi Native group to debut at ZAP/LoCA’s Lodi Zinfandel Experience

February 20th, 2014
Lodi Native group to debut at ZAP/LoCA’s Lodi Zinfandel Experience

ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) & LoCA present THE LODI ZINFANDEL EXPERIENCE Saturday-Sunday, March 29 & 30, 2014 Earth shaking things are happening in the Lodi AVA, which has always crushed over 40% of California’s Zinfandels.  Today, a significant percentage of this crop – still sourced from largely own (or St. George) rooted, head trained ancient vines – is going into handcrafted bottlings, unveiling a style of Zinfandel hitherto unsuspected, and surprisingly contemporary. Experience Lodi as never before by coming out for The Lodi Zinfandel Experience:  a weekend of vineyard walks, winemaker talks, a gala Lodi style BBQ, and a.. VIEW MORE »

The problem with reading alcohols and other assumptions about California Zinfandel

February 18th, 2014
The problem with reading alcohols and other assumptions about California Zinfandel

To truly grasp Lodi Zinfandel, it helps to understand how they compare with Zinfandels from other California wine regions The problem is, there is a lot of misinformation out there; often perpetuated by journalists or, these days, by wine bloggers.  In a recent “tips” blog, for instance, one helpful writer proffered these pearls of wisdom concerning California Zinfandel: When choosing a Zinfandel, pay particular attention to the alcohol level listed on the label. The higher the alcohol, the higher the odds that the wine will be sweet, jammy, and powerfully rich. Zinfandel grows all over California, and the style of the.. VIEW MORE »