Wine of the Day: 2013 Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel

“On the palate it’s medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and focused with a harmonious cool climate Zinfandel character.” Dark ruby color with exuberant kirsch, black raspberry, bramble and spice aromas.  On the palate it’s medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and focused with a harmonious cool climate Zinfandel character.   It shows ample kirsch, pomegranate, and peppery spice flavors wrapped…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo

2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo: A Lodi Tempranillo whose savory character evokes Rioja Fruit  for this wine was sourced from the first Tempranillo vineyard planted in Lodi.   It was fermented on native yeast,  and raised in neutral French oak.  Bottled unfined/unfiltered. Dark ruby color with exuberant black cherry, cigar box , plum, damp earth…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Urbano Cellars Cotes du Clements

Urbano Cellars sourced fruit fro this wine from the Bokides Ranch,  which lies within the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation.  Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Joaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  It is distinguished…

Lodi Chronicles: Legendary Ancient Vine Bechthold Vineyard

There is one ancient vine vineyard – Bechthold Vineyard that stands apart from the rest. Last week, I shared with you that writing this blog for the last six years has led me to some unexpected opportunities. I’ve been a correspondent for the American Winery Guide, writing reviews of wineries, for a couple of years…

Time To Get My Wine Bloggers Conference On! #WBC16

I’m pleased to report that I’ll be attending 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (“WBC”) later this week!  The WBC is being held August 11-14 in Lodi.  It’s my first Wine Bloggers Conference! There will be a few hundred online, print, citizen and industry wine writers who will be will be immersed in educational wine seminars, networking, grower and…

Zin-A-Palooza! Wine Tasting Club Blind Tastes Ten Zinfandels

The most recent gathering of the Pacific Pointe Wine Tasting Club (“PPWTC”) featured a Zin-A-Palooza! The PPWTC started in 2010.  Initially, we met every couple of months, but by popular demand we meet every six weeks or so these days.  We typically have a non-scoring event or two each year (the most recent was a record…

Value Alert! – An(other) Enjoyable Everyday Petite Sirah for under $10!

I’m a big fan of Petite Sirah.  It’s one of my favorite grape varietals.  The challenge though for many Petite Sirah (a.k.a. “Pet”, “PS”) lovers, is that the wines can be pricey.  If you’re willing to pay $35 and up, finding a very good to excellent PS isn’t hard to do.  It’s a much bigger…