Lodi Avenue Liquors owner Balbir Singh
Wine shop owners often have a passion for what they sell and can be very helpful in making wine selections, especially when given your personal preferences. Here, Lodi Avenue Liquors owner Balbir Singh discusses his favorite Lodi Zins under $25, which includes this 2009 Macchia “Mischievous” Old Vine Zin.
Lodi Avenue Liquors
Lodi Avenue Liquors on – you guessed it – Lodi Avenue at the corner of South Orange Avenue, has an excellent selection of Lodi wines, as well as wines from other regions. They probably have more wines than liquors.
2008 St.Amant Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel
Operated by Stuart Spencer of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, St.Amant is a reliable producer of high quality Zins, not only from Lodi. The Marian’s Vineyard is a block of 109 year old vines, part of Mohr-Fry Ranches.
2007 Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel
Only 4 bottles remain at Lodi Avenue Liquors of the 2007 Van Ruiten Old Vine – the wine which was declared by The Wall Street Journal as the best Zin in America. The 2008 is a very worthy successor to the venerable 2007 and would serve as a good substitute.
Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:13 pm
Updated: 12:29 pm, Tue Nov 16, 2010.
For many, the thought of staring blankly at hundreds of bottles
lined up on shelves and trying to pick one special wine for
Thanksgiving is stupefying.
To simplify your life, let's go along with most wine writers and
stick with what Lodi is known for: bold, big-fruited Zin.
Plus, I'll slide down a slippery slope and suggest you keep
within an alcohol range of 14% to 16%. Too little alcohol and
you'll likely be missing out on the Lodi signature mouthful of
jammy berries. Too much alcohol and you'll probably burn the back
of your throat.
Ideally, you'd visit a number of Lodi wineries to try before you
buy, but with only days remaining, I made a beeline to Lodi Avenue
Liquors at South Orange Avenue.
I asked helpful store owner Balbir Singh to choose 5 Zins below
$25 for those of us on a budget. Here are his selections: 2008
Klinker Brick ($17.99), 2009 Macchia
"Mischievous" Old Vine ($17.99), 2007 Michael-David 7 Deadly Zins ($14.99), 2008 St.Amant Marian's Vineyard ($24.99), and - with 4
bottles left - 2007 Van
Ruiten Old Vine ($13.99).
"I've tried them all, and these are my favorites," said Balbir,
who will give you a 10% discount on any of these through
Thanksgiving by saying, "The Lodi Wine Guy sent me."
The lodi wine guy
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:13 pm.
Updated: 12:29 pm.