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.
We welcome a new winery to our local features. Acquiesce Winery has just opened this month, and we celebrated their opening as our Lodi Amateur Vintners Association held the first meeting of 2012 in their lovely, restored tasting room. Rodney and Sue Tipton, the owners and winemakers, have distinguished themselves in focusing on whites and blush solely, in a region identified with big reds and Zinfandels. Their Rose, Granache Blanc and Belle Blanc will soon be joined by Viognier and Roussane. This winery is near Heritage Oak, Macchia, Watts Winery, and Kidder Family Wines in our north-east quadrant of Lodi’s wine country.