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Randy Caparoso
 
August 24, 2010 | Randy Caparoso

“Reggae & Rhone” rocks the delta

Rasta signing...

Rasta signing...

Lodi Knows How to Party

In case you were there (or worse, if you missed it): once again the folks at Michael-David Winery showed the world that Lodi knows how to party (our kind of party!). Last Saturday night was their Reggae & Rhone concert, ostensibly thrown to celebrate the latest incarnation of their Incognito white and red blends (dynamite wines!).

If the ferocious melodies and rock steadying beat of The Itals (an authentic, Grammy Award nominated reggae band) didn't get the crowd (about 680 strong) wound up, the incredible spread (conch and shrimp appetizers followed by barbecue, jambalaya, the works…) to go with wines like the spice-bomb Incognitos, Earthquake Petite Sirah and the bodacious, bouncy Petit-Petite certainly bowled everyone over. Then there was the fire dancing and fire eating of Fire Pixie…

But why talk about it, when pictures paint thousand of words? Re:

Michael-David owner David Phillips workin' the crowd...

Michael-David owner David Phillips workin' the crowd...



Michael-David's Petit Petite is all about Petit Verdot lending grace to rambuncitous Petite Sirah...

Michael-David's Petit Petite is all about Petit Verdot lending grace to rambuncitous Petite Sirah...



... but it was all about the deliciously silken, spicy Incognitos...

... but it was all about the deliciously silken, spicy Incognitos...



Reggae, Rhones, BBQ, fire eating... and bocce ball

Reggae, Rhones, BBQ, fire eating... and bocce ball



The natives were jammin'...

The natives were jammin'...



... and the Lodi ladies ready for de reggae, mon,

... and the Lodi ladies ready for de reggae, mon,



... but not until rolling some bocce.

... but not until rolling some bocce.



One love, one heart...

One love, one heart...



Hanging out in Michael-David's gorgeous gardens...

Hanging out in Michael-David's gorgeous gardens...



.. while the grill starts to smoke.

.. while the grill starts to smoke.



The chili flecked brats were killer with both Incognitos...

The chili flecked brats were killer with both Incognitos...



Who could say no to the apts (conch with aioli and coconut shrimp with Thai dip)?

Who could say no to the apts (conch with aioli and coconut shrimp with Thai dip)?



Beautiful Lodi couple (Macchia Wines' Lani & Tim Holdener), in the colors of rasta regalia.

Beautiful Lodi couple (Macchia Wines' Lani & Tim Holdener), in the colors of rasta regalia.



Lodi pedi-fashions...

Lodi pedi-fashions...



... and coordinated ensembles.

... and coordinated ensembles.



Security was the toughest...

Security was the toughest...



... but couldn't stop the roving gangs of gamines.

... but couldn't stop the roving gangs of gamines.



Meanwhile "backstage" (behind fermentation tanks), The Itals were ready to go...

Meanwhile "backstage" (behind fermentation tanks), The Itals were ready to go...



... and Fire Pixie was meditating on their pain defying show.

... and Fire Pixie was meditating on their pain defying show.



Priming the fuel lines...

Priming the fuel lines...



... and checking out the hoops.

... and checking out the hoops.



The Itals took the stage...

The Itals took the stage...



... and seconds later, bodies were flying.

... and seconds later, bodies were flying.



And when the sun set into a purple haze...

And when the sun set into a purple haze...



... legendary lead singer/songwriter Ronnie Davis took control, and literally everyone was on their feet.

... legendary lead singer/songwriter Ronnie Davis took control, and literally everyone was on their feet.



 

 

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