Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’

Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

February 18th, 2015
Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

  Everybody knows that the best Zinfandels come from ancient, gnarly, head trained vines. Not. Try telling that to Jason Mikami, the owner/grower of Lodi’s Mikami Vineyards. Or to Mr. Mikami’s Vineyard Manager, Mike Manna – President/CEO of Manna Ranch Inc., one of Lodi’s most important vineyard management companies (cultivating over 2,600 acres) – or Kian Tavakoli, Mikami’s talented winemaker, who is based in Napa Valley. Mr. Mikami’s 15-acre Zinfandel vineyard was planted by Manna Ranch in 2006. The vineyard is located on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA, the historic heart of Lodi wine country; but instead.. VIEW MORE »

Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

February 4th, 2015
Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

  The more consumers and wine critics have come to appreciate kinder, gentler, more feminine styles of California Zinfandel, the more they are appreciating Zinfandels grown in Lodi. Adding to that increasingly verdant vein, major Lodi growers Markus and Liz Bokisch have just released their first-ever Zinfandel; bottled under a brand new label – Tizona by Bokisch – to distinguish it from the Spanish varietal wines carrying their Bokisch Vineyards label. Tizona is the name of the sword wielded by the legendary 11th century Spanish warrior known as El Cid, signifying the Bokischs’ cutting-edge approach to winegrowing as well as their respect.. VIEW MORE »

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 »