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Friday, 12 January 2018 17:13

Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend Returns

TASTE News Service, January 12, 2018 – Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend returns to celebrate its 21st year on February 10 and 11.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:43

Brown in the Valley

By Steven Tincher

January 3, 2017 – It’s winter in the Sacramento valley. The sky is gray and much of the land is brown, especially as there has been little rain.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 13:28

Wine Pick of the Week

Toad Hollow Cab S Picmonkey

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Toad Hollow Vineyards

Lodi

Alcohol: 13.9%

Suggested Retail: $ 16.99

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:51

2017 Silvaspoons Verdelho Harvest

By Randy Caparoso

6:30 AM, this past Tuesday, August 22 in Lodi’s Alta Mesa appellation: Ron Silva’s harvest crew had already filled three half-ton macro-bins of just-picked Silvaspoons Vineyards Verdelho – green tinted golden, oval shaped orbs of tropical fruit sensations, zapped with palate slaking, lemon-lime acidity.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:57

Michael David donates to the Animals

TASTE News Service, January 25, 2017 -- Michael David Winery is donating $25,000 to PAWS (The Performing Animal Welfare Society) in hopes that it will bring awareness and education to this great organization.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 19:53

Wine Pick of the Week

Woodbridge cabernet merlot Picmonkey

2014 Cabernet Merlot

 

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $15.75* 1.5L

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:55

October 14, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

FreakshowRed 900 Picmonkey

2014 Freakshow Red

 

Michael David Winery

Lodi

Alcohol: 15.5%

Suggested Retail: $20

Friday, 22 January 2016 14:42

January 22, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

woodbridge sauv blanc Picmonkey2013 Sauvignon Blanc

 

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

California

Alcohol: 12.9%

Suggested Retail: $ 6.25 (750ml), $ 12 (1.5L)

 

“Woodbridge wines are good quality, value-priced options from the second label of the Napa Valley winery founded by Robert Mondavi 50 years ago. Woodbridge is just north of the city of Lodi and is included in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA).

“The Mondavi family has a long history with the Lodi and Woodbridge growing regions (both the late Robert and his brother, Peter, the 101-year old patriarch of Charles Krug Winery, graduated from Lodi High School in the early 1930s). Grapegrowing here goes back much farther than that, however, and there are some still-productive vineyards that were planted in the 19th Century.

Friday, 13 November 2015 13:23

November 13, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

barefoot zinfandel Picmonkey

Zinfandel (N/V)

 

Barefoot

Lodi

Suggested Retail: 750ml $7, 1.5L $10.*

*average retail prices nationwide

 

“Recently we saw long-time wine writer Dan Berger’s comments about Barefoot Zinfandel and figured with his recommendation it had to be good. It is.

“Fruit for this wine comes from the Lodi appellation, which is about 45 miles south of Sacramento. In recent years vineyard acreage has increased hugely in the area. Though many varieties are grown successfully here, Zinfandel has always been regarded as Lodi’s signature grape.

CA State Fair rosette

By Dan Clarke

Sacramento, California June 18, 2015 - Today the California State Fair announced winners of its 2015 Commercial Wine judging. Wines selected as Best of Show in both red and white categories were made from varieties native to Spain and relatively obscure in this country. Moreover, the grapes were grown and vinified in regions obviously capable of producing great wine, though perhaps not well-known by the average consumer.

Picked as Best of Show Red was the 2012 Tempranillo from El Dorado County’s Lewis Grace (Grace Patriot) winery. Honors for Best of Show White went to the 2014 Albarino entry from Oak Farms Vineyards in the Lodi appellation.

While many “Cult Cabernets” are now priced way over $100 a bottle, 72 of the best wine judges in California chose a wine retailing at $30 as 2015’s best red wine. Though top quality Chardonnay, California’s most popular and most prestigious white wine, can approach—and even exceed—$50, those same judges declared that the $19 Oak Farms Vineyards Albarino is the best white wine of 2015.

This year's wine competition consisted of 2,881 wine entries received from 743 participating winery brands. Seventy-two judges on 18 panels awarded 57 Double Golds and 254 Golds, and the top winners showed the diversity of California wine, coming from around the state and from wineries of every size.

“California's 78,000 farms and ranches produce roughly half of all the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States; and our grape industry accounts for 90 percent of all wine consumed in America. As one of the oldest professional wine competitions in the nation, we are extremely pleased that for the second year in a row the State Fair has seen increased participation in our prestigious wine competition,” said Rick Pickering, CEO of the California State Fair. “With more than 2,800 wine entries from 700 plus wineries, the State Fair continues to be an enormous showcase of the Best of California."

The first State Fair Wine Competition was held in 1855. The competition is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine events in the country. Top wines, including Best of Region and Best of California winners, will be featured at the State Fair in Sacramento ain the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden for visitors to enjoy July 10-26.

Comprehensive information on all the winners of this year’s California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is available here.

Editor’s Note: If you’re planning to visit the wine country of El Dorado County or of the Lodi appellation, first check out Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of all the Wineries, as well as links to the websites of hundreds of nearby Lodging and Dining options.

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