I could show you all kinds of pictures of pretty vineyards, tasting rooms and grapes, but at the end of the day, nothing beats sharing a table with a bunch of friends and a few excellent bottles of wine.
We’ll get on the tractor to work the vines no matter how cold or dark, often in the still of the very early morning at 2:30 a.m., when most are just dreaming of wine. If wine needs to age in barrels a bit longer, or could use some blending wine, we’ll do whatever it takes to make it that much better.
So feel free to click around this Web site of ours to find out more about us, then stop on by for a visit to get to know the real people behind the vines and wines bearing my name.
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BORRA VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM
1301 E. Armstrong Road
Lodi, California 95242
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
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You can’t believe how much I enjoy pulling up behind a winery crush pad and being greeted with, “Here, try this.”
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ZIN AT THE CRACK OF DAWN I pulled through the north gatepost at Borra’s Gill Creek Ranch Wednesday morning just before dawn, knowing the picking crew was already building up…
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STEVE THE MAVERICK Back in the ‘70s, Lodi was known only for big co-op wineries, producing sweetish jug wine. Then along came Steve Borra. Steve wasn’t interested in following the…
We’re getting rained on right now, which is a good thing. It seems like the last time we had this much rain was back in October when we didn’t really…
This being pruning time in wine country, I asked the master himself, Steve Borra, if he wouldn’t mind showing me a thing or two. Not long after sun-up on a…
Posted on May 12, 2011 | No CommentsSeems we’ve been staying pretty busy behind-the-scenes over the last couple of months, working with local Chef Buddy O’Dell and his “Gourmet Club s.j.” on an exquisite five course “Spring...
Posted on March 24, 2011 | 4 Comments Mustard, mustard everywhere! Well, maybe “everywhere” is a bit of an exaggeration. We plant a mixture of grasses and other plants in the dirt between every other row of...
Posted on February 25, 2011 | 2 CommentsIn what our winemaker, Markus Niggli, described as a “seven week ordeal,” over 150 acres of Borra Vineyards are now pruned. This massive yearly project involves a crew of six...
Posted on January 26, 2011 | No CommentsWe are a big fan of the relatively new blog on the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Web site written by longtime, multi-award-winning restaurant wine consultant, wine journalist, and former wine brand...
Posted on October 19, 2010 | No CommentsLike their wine industry fathers and fathers’ fathers, Steve and Bev Borra’s grandkids Dominic, Trevor, Chantz and neighbor Chase spent the summer as pumpkin and gourd growers among the family...
Posted on October 8, 2010 | 2 Comments“You will not see a busier week,” was how Borra Vineyards winemaker, Markus Niggli, described last week’s crush. Much of the focus was on picking old vine Zinfandel, Barbera and...
Posted on October 1, 2010 | No CommentsOur winemaker, Markus Niggli finds new uses for breakfast cups and lab equipment to explain Lodi’s greatest vintage yet…
Posted on September 27, 2010 | No CommentsWith early next 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. Even though Borra’s winemaker, Markus Niggli, didn’t think flavors were optimal, he called in the crew to save the grapes from over-cooking and preserve delicate flavors by picking them last Thursday.
Posted on September 21, 2010 | No CommentsBorra’s Manuel and Federico led a crew of about a dozen strong backs up at the crack of dawn to pick Chardonnay from Borra’s Gill Creek Ranch, north of Lockeford,...
Posted on September 18, 2010 | No CommentsYesterday, starting at 8:00 a.m. sharp, the Borra Home Ranch Merlot and Barbera vineyards on Armstrong Road were inspected for the European Grapevine Moth by a team from the joint...