Borra Vineyards winemaker Markus Niggli compares the color of the bottle wrapper with designs by visual arts students at the University of the Pacific.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:40 pm
A Lodi winery is the connection between a University of the Pacific graphic design student and wine bottles on store shelves in Switzerland.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 3:37 pm
Borra Vineyards, the oldest of Lodi’s currently existing wineries (bonded in 1975), has just released their yearly “Field Blend Red” — a wine that in many ways epitomizes the heart and soul of the Lodi American viticultural area. Of proud Italian descent, Borra’s third generation grower/proprietor Steve Borra describes this wine as “a homage to the way my grandfather made wine.”
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am
From a lofty perch about 15 feet above the soil, a family of owls lay claim to the vineyard stretching out below. They only come out of their box at night. A small collection of mice and gopher skulls piles up on the ground after meals.
Diane and Markus Niggli sample different wines during the Consumer Wine Awards at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:00 am
Borra Vineyards grower/proprietor Steve Borra has always cut quite the figure in Lodi's grape-growing circles, with his signature cowboy hat, Western boots and handlebar mustache. He even walks into a room with something of a rider's gait, complete with a John Wayne-ly bow in the legs.
Monday, February 21, 2011 5:02 pm
After 479 blogs, it's time to relinquish my title as "The Lodi
Wine Guy," and say a final thank you to my publisher, Marty
Weybret, my editor, Rich Hanner, and especially to all of you, my
Markus Niggli, winemaker for Borra Vineyards, listens for the snap-crackle-pop sound that is an indication of malo-lactic fermentation in a barrel of 2010 Malbec.
Nick Sikeotis, left, General Manager of Estate Crush, discusses winemaking protocol for a load of Borra Vineyards Viognier with Borra Winemaker Markus Niggli.
Two winemakers, Matthew Ridge, left, of Estate Crush, and Markus Niggli of Borra Vineyards discuss details of how to process over 17 tons of Borra Viognier on Monday.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4:29 pm
One of Lodi's most beautiful vineyards is a little 10-acre patch
of Viognier planted by Steve Borra back in 1999 north of the town
of Lockeford. Half circled by the Mokelumne River 7 feet below, the
vines look like perfect hedge rows, sunken on their own shelf,
isolated 40 feet under the rest of Borra's Gill Creek Ranch.
Important quality control: Borra Vineyards winemaker Markus Niggli checks on the success of crushing Gewürztraminer from Mokelumne Glen Vineyards as it arrives at the press.
Since he’d be getting a smaller load of Gewürztraminer from Mokelumne Glen Vineyards than expected, Borra winemaker Markus Niggli deviated from his normal procedure by “chaining” his crush equipment together: crush, destem, then straight to press.
Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:56 pm
With this week's weather threatening to crack 100˚ for days in a
row, nearly-ripe white Mokelumne Glen
Vineyards Gewürztraminer was facing the very real possibility
of raisining and damaging sunburn.
Steve Borra points toward his Viognier as he discusses the quality of the 2010 winegrapes with Markus Niggli, winemaker, left, and wine buyer Cliff Aaby.
Borra’s winemaker, Markus Niggli, describes their 2010 Chardonnay: “Fruit looks really insane. It’s about 26 Brix, pH is below 3.4. Fantastic.”
Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:09 pm
A crew of about a dozen strong backs arrived at the crack of
dawn to Borra's Gill
Creek Ranch north of Lockeford to pick Chardonnay last Friday. When
I arrived at 8:30 a.m., they were about half done filling 22
off-white half-ton plastic bins.
Markus Niggli, winemaker at Borra Vineyards, samples Gewürztraminer at Mokelumne Glen Vineyards.
Monday, September 13, 2010 4:56 pm
One of the biggest consumers of my time during crush is sampling
winegrapes. A couple of times a week I jump in my Passat - rather
than the standard winemaker-issue white pickup truck - and make the
rounds of all our vineyard sources, from west Lodi, to Clements
Hills, on up past the Sacramento County line.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am
Under the oak tree, the sound of the jazz guitar is soft and
bounces between green leaves. Your feet are kicked out, crossed in
front of you. You feel warm inside, thanks to that glass of cool
Pinot Grigio beside you.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am
Yellow Cab has submitted an application and is working with city
officials to offer a new cab service in Lodi.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:00 am
Robert Mondavi would never have made such a huge impact on the
wine industry if he hadn't visited the famous wineries of France
that inspired his relentless quest to improve his own wines. That's
why the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission began the "Lodi
Technical Tasting Group" about 18 months ago: to give local
winemakers and owners an understanding of the achievements of
wineries outside our home town.
Thursday, October 4, 2007 12:00 am
Today we pressed grapes for the first time this year. Think of
pressing as literally trying to squeeze EVERY PENNY of juice out of