The man accomplished so much I could write a column about that alone. But Jerry Lohr is a modest man. He would much rather talk about his wines. He would much rather compliment his winemaker, Jeff Meier.
In fact, Jerry Lohr, after successful careers as a civil engineer; a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a research scientist at NASA; and later, in civilian life, as a building entrepreneur, was an early pioneer in California’s Central Coast. He planted vineyards there, in Monterey County, in the 1970s, years before it was recognized as a viable wine region. Having grown up on a farm in South Dakota, he understood the need to plant each grape variety in the soil and climate best suited to it. To have so many growing possibilities, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines now spreads over more than 3,700 acres in the Central Coast and Napa Valley. It is one reason the winery can produce such fine wines. And it sells them at fair prices.
Among his current wines is a 2011 Chardonnay ($25) from Monterey’s Arroyo Seco area. The result of a particularly cool vintage, it is bright yellow, showing pear and other fruit flavors, a light toastiness, fine balance and attractive acidity.
His Riesling 2012 is pale, with an aroma of peach and apricot plus lovely floral tones. It is crisp with a light, fetching sweetness. Overall, a delightful wine and only $10.
Lohr’s Pinot Noir 2011 ($30), also from Arroyo Seco grapes, is impressive indeed. The cold weather and low yield of 2011 were ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. The result is a rather deep-colored wine with a beautiful bouquet of berries.
The grapes for Syrah 2011 ($14) come from warmer Paso Robles. Dark-shaded with a whiff of black pepper and toast in the nose, medium body and supple texture add up to a quintessential Syrah.
The aroma of Lohr’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($25) jumps out of the glass, mingling dark berries, fruits and nuts. It is ripe, full-bodied and well balanced.
As for Jerry Lohr’s other accomplishments — which include his ethical practices and his many honors and awards — as I said in the opening paragraph, that would take up a page, or more, in itself.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.