As some of you may recall, I am out in Lodi, California with a group from Snooth.com visiting and learning about the Lodi Wine Appellations. I had hoped to have more time to tend to this blog, but that was merely wishful thinking. The trip has been incredible thus far, packed full of great people, tons of information, wonderful food, and wine. Lots of wine.
Before I can post something more substantive, here are just a few of the photos that I have taken thus far.
Robert Pirie (right), a vineyard manager and pivotal figure among Lodi wine growers, with Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, at Clay Station Vineyard in the Borden Ranch Sub-Appellation.
Dinner at Wine and Roses in Lodi with Craig Ledbetter (at the head of the table) of Vino Farms, one of the larger growers in Lodi.
Markus Bokisch (Bokisch Vineyards) in Las Cerezas Vineyard.
Brett Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards doing his best disco moves (actually I just caught this as he was pointing out some of the vineyards). He is the son of Bob and Mary Lou Koth (seated), pioneers in bringing German varieties to the U.S.
Yeah, I went there….
A typical morning tasting at Bokisch Vineyards.
We went into a lot of vineyards, this is a 100-year-old vine in the Schmeidt Vineyard.
Randy Caparoso discussing the Lodi Native Project (much more on that down the road).
Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines) giving us a tour of the Noma and Schmeidt vineyards.
The group at the Lodi Native Tasting (left to right): Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Amy Corron Power (AnotherWineBlog.com), Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines), The Drunken Cyclist, Frank Morgan (DrinkWhatYouLike.com), Julia Crowley (TheRealWineJulia.com), Gabe Sasso (GabesView.com) Claudia Angelillo (Snooth.com), Stuart Spencer (St. Amant Winery), Mark Angelillo (Snooth.com)