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.

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D’Arts Winery

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Our featured Lodi Winery this month is D’Arts Winery, located nearby.  Owners Dave and Helen excel in winemaking and creating a warm, welcoming winery environment.  They combine wine, art, food and entertainment for the guests and club members to enjoy.

The fun of  bottling and labeling your own wine is enhanced by the teacher at the bottling equipment! Enjoy barbecued dinners with outdoor movies in the summer, wine maker dinners and club  wine pickup events. And for those that want to participate in the wine making process, you may be able to sign up to help with pruning by adopting a row in the late winter.

The labels on the D’Art’s bottles are truly beautiful and created by the winemakers.  You can find many of the art works displayed at the winery along the walls and in poster format.

One of our favorite wines here is  called Dog Day Red.  It is the result of a serindipitous event, accidentally mixing a barrel of tempranillo and port, and the only problem since then is keeping it in stock!  If that happens to you, we recommend just getting the port until new releases appear!

Dave and Helen have continued to support the Lodi Amateur Vintners Association membership with mentoring and advice.  In 2010, Dave joined several of our local winemakers and community members to feature the first annual evening of art and wine called Artisan Masters.

Stop by for a pleasant comfortable wine tasting experience, meet the  beloved pets (Maggie and Abby), see if Brittany’s almond toffee is available and enjoy the barrel room and art and ambience.

Check out the events and special happenings at their website. http://www.dartwines.com/

Winter in the Vineyard

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It is late January in the vineyard. Pruning is being done, posts and wires are being tightened and repaired, and new wines are being racked and checked for corrections. Bud break will happen in about 6 weeks unless the weather turns very cold. Everything is at rest.

Winery owners will be returning from vacations and competitions. Lodi wines fared very well in the San Francisco competition last week…Wow! Best of class, gold, silver and bronze awards in abundance. Wine club members are anxiously waiting new releases due to sold out favorites, whites are being watched closely for bottling come up soon.

The Lodi Wine and Chocolate celebration weekend is coming February 11 and 12, 2011. This is a fabulous event locally. The Cottages are booked early for this event and Zinfest in May. But don’t overlook the Spring Wine Show in March!