Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’

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 »

Having a Lodi Thanksgiving

November 14th, 2014
Having a Lodi Thanksgiving

  LET YOUR TURKEY BE YOUR THANKSGIVING WINE GUIDE Is there anything more American than turkey for Thanksgiving, with all the extra delectable accoutrements? The turkey is one of our greatest comfort foods. Has been, as we all learned in school, since the Pilgrims sat down with the local Native Americans for that historic big meal. Except of course, historians (such as Smithsonian.com) now tell us that if there was wild turkey at the first Thanksgiving, it most certainly wasn’t the centerpiece. Neither did they have bread stuffing or pies, since they had no wheat flour or butter to make.. VIEW MORE »

Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores

October 28th, 2014
Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores

100-point scores for rating wines: not every retail store features them as their “shelf talkers,” but it seems like most of them do. But let the wine buyer beware: 100-point numerical scales – which strongly suggest some kind of authoritative mathematical precision – are, in fact, rarely accurate in terms of assessing true quality, and are more likely to provide you with a totally hit-and-miss idea of what wines you may enjoy most. Think of it this way: most of us do not understand wine nearly as much as the way we may understand things like music, books, films, food,.. VIEW MORE »

Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

October 14th, 2014
Winemakers praise 2014 harvest’s brimming purple beads in this video round-up

This time of year, to borrow a little from John Keats‘ phraseology, is when beaded bubbles are brimming in the bins, and winemakers are smiling with purple stained mouths.  Wine flows so much like poetry in California, you almost forget that it is still an agricultural product, and that Mother Nature always has the first, and last, word on everything. So it was with the 2014 harvest in the Lodi AVA, drawing to a close as we speak – a good two to three weeks ahead of the usual schedule.  Generally speaking, both growers and winemakers have been pleased with the.. VIEW MORE »