Posts Tagged ‘Lodi’
In Acampo, Heritage Oak Winery has picnic tables next to the Mokelumne River.
We enjoyed sampling tasty Zinfandels and Chardonnays with an impromptu piano concert. Tom, the winemaker, played beautiful classical music.
The “beach” is about a 15-minute walk from the tasting room.
The winery has picnic baskets for sale. We ended up picking up sandwiches from Bon Appetit. We also packed wine glasses (plastic) and a corkscrew into our wine picnic bag.
Just call us wine picnic pros.
Day 15 of 100 Happy Days.
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Over the last few weeks, my schedule in the newsroom was a roller coaster ride of responsibilities.
Last weekend, I tracked grass fires and fireworks for the evening news shows. During the week, I produced slideshows and logged a news conference on a scary house explosion for the website. I suppose it all adds up to a typical week for the gal who produces shows and web content.
North Beach and Chinatown restaurants blocked off streets and served up tasty twists on noodle dishes.
From San Francisco noodles to Lodi Wine – we checked out LangeTwin’s BBQ party at the Tin Roof with Susan and Tom.
For Mark’s birthday weekend, we checked out the Raley Field Brewfest.
Finally, Susan and Tom introduced us to Compassionate Chefs at New Dehli. This fundraiser made sure Tenderloin students had the chance to make beautiful music with the help of world-class musicians.
For a small price, we ate amazing Indian food and a did a little belly dancing. OK – I was the idiot who allowed herself to be pulled up for the belly dancing. Seriously. Yes – there is video of the dancing. No, I don’t know if I’m posting it.
Ahoy Facebook peeps and RSS readers – wanna see a cool photo of me aiming an HD camera? You can by checking out the Raley Field slideshow on my blog.
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When you go to Zinfest in Lodi, drink water.
Lot’s of it. People say it’s always hot at Zinfest. This year was no exception.
Imagine tasting some amazing Zins in triple digit temperatures. It’s possible – but you need plenty of water to balance the alcohol. I also enjoyed the opportunity to do some barrel tasting. In this picture, we’re pouring a Peltier Station USB Zin Port. Delightful! Fruity, sweet and I can only imagine how good it will tasted after a few more months in the barrel.
I’m a dry, complex, Pinot Noir gal. This month, my mother-in-law’s visiting us from Buffalo. She leans on the sweet end of the wine-tasting spectrum. Lodi’s Zinfest had something for our palates and more. I enjoyed introducing new people to this amazing wine region. Some of our friends signed up for wine clubs down here after we took them to another Lodi wine festival.
It’s a pleasure to try out all the wine products in Lodi and we learn a lot from all the charming winemakers here. Plus, it feels like family in Lodi. Folks always have time to answer our questions and joke around at the tastings.
Good times for all wine fans – new and old.
By the way: let your fingers do the talking.
Please vote now for the Murphy-Goode Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent position.
Aka. Vote for me – please!
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We did the Wine and Chocolate Festival last month in Lodi. This is becoming a tasty Valentine’s Day tradition!
We stumbled on some new wines, art and of course, yummy bites of food. At the Vino Piazza, the wine server let me go behind the wine bar to get a closer look at these sketches from Dumbo. He said the animator was a big fan of Lodi wines.
Everyone looked like they were having a good time at the different wineries.
Still, the national recession was also on the minds of winemakers in the area. They say the economic slowdown was hitting Lodi’s wine industry. Some winemakers talked about consolidating operations in order to stay in the black. Others talked about trying to raise the profile of their wines without cutting into their bottom lines. That makes this Wine and Chocolate Festival critical for wine businesses in the region. Sure, they’re giving away free tastings. However, it’s a chance to make a great impression on new and old vino fans. It prompts them to buy local bottles and to spread the word about their favorite wineries.
We managed to fit in another wine country visit on Valentine’s Day. We did the St. Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner at the Girl & Fig in downtown Sonoma. It’s a cozy spot for French food. I loved the fresh flavors and the wine pairings with each entrée.
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This is a typical sight in California’s wine regions: palm trees standing next to vineyards.
We love living next to the wine regions in the Napa/Sonoma Valley and Lodi. It’s a pleasure to discover new grapes and buy vintages that are not sold at Bev Mo and grocery stores. It’s also fun to introduce our friends to the smart and charming winemakers in these regions.
Last month, we did breakfast with my Medill buddy, Sara, at the Bouchon Bakery. I’m a Thomas Keller fan and his macroons blew me away. We also checked out Domaine Chandon (good wine, shoddy service) and Peju. I want to take my parents to Peju’s tasting rooms. I’m sure they will enjoy the bold reds and the entertaining wine experts.
We also spent a relaxing Sunday in Lodi with Susan and Tom. Jessie’s Grove is our top winery in that region. Mark joined the wine club and we’re looking forwarded to picking up our next bottles from there. They had some tasty chocolate brownies to go with the port tasting. However, one of the cats devoured the sweet treats. Naughty kitties! We finished up our day with beer tasting at the Lodi Beer Company. Susan pointed out the beer flights felt refreshing in comparison to our extensive wine tasting at Jessie’s Grove. I suppose it was a nice change of pace.
I like tasting wine on my weekends. What about you? How do you spend your weekends?