Springtime in the Vineyard

Lodi Grape Statue Downtown

We have the four “B’s” going on right now! Blooms, Birds and Bunnies! But most important, we have  bud break in the vineyard. Discing has started this week  between rain showers.  Driving by the vineyards, you see a line of green about 4 feet high floating over the ground as the new shoots of lime green have quickly developed in the last week.

We have bottling scheduled with many friends next month for our 2010 Zinfandel and Carigagne.  Time to set up the barn and equipment and tweak the wine a bit before then.

Spring brings many local events to Lodi.  This  Friday evening is the School Street  Stroll in downtown Lodi.  Congratulations to Borra Winery for its recognition as Winery of the Year by the VisitLodi Tourism Board.  Later this month, the fabulous  Asparagus Festival is in Stockton,  and we look forward to  the annual Zinfest next month at Lodi Lake.

Another Favorite Asparagus Recipe

For Easter we added this dish to dinner.  Oven Roasted Asparagus

Clean and prep spears.  Lay them out on a cooking sheet pan.  Heat the oven to 350. Drizzle the asparagus heavily with olive oil.  Season with Kosher salt and garlic salt and some minced onion flakes.  Put into the heated oven and roast for about 15 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle generously with Gorgonzola cheese and fresh Parmesan cheese, adding additional salt and pepper and garlic.  Return to the oven for another 1o to 15 minutes depending on your preference.  Very, very easy and VERY tasty.