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John Fogerty never slept here (101 grapes & other lesser known facts about Lodi)

July 15th, 2014
John Fogerty never slept here (101 grapes & other lesser known facts about Lodi)

Oh, lord… Although it was the “B” side of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 single record, “Bad Moon Rising” (which peaked at No. 52 on the Top 100 singles charts), in many ways the song “Lodi” has endured as one of the group’s catchiest, most memorable tunes – its story line (being “stuck” in a nowheresville town), one that almost anyone can identify with. But it was never a true story. As it turns out, CCR’s founding leader and songwriter, John Fogerty, never actually slept, or got stuck, in Lodi.  As far as anyone knows, he still hasn’t, to this day. .. VIEW MORE »

Michael David’s commitments lead to top honors at California State Fair

July 11th, 2014
Michael David’s commitments lead to top honors at California State Fair

This past June 14, 2014, when the California State Fair announced the top awards resulting from its famously rigorous wine judging taking place in Sacramento each year, one Lodi winery loomed significantly among the winners:  Lodi’s Michael David Winery. Michael David’s two awards: “Best Petite Sirah” – 2012 Michael David Earthquake Lodi Petite Sirah ($26) “Best Lodi Red” – 2012 Michael David Inkblot Lodi Cabernet Franc ($35) Michael David is easily the largest of Lodi’s premium wineries; having grown from just a couple thousand cases in the early nineties to over 450,000 cases produced each year.  Today, Michael David’s brands.. VIEW MORE »

Brave new grapes and winemakers discovering Lodi’s Mokelumne Glen

July 7th, 2014
Brave new grapes and winemakers discovering Lodi’s Mokelumne Glen

Who’d have thunk?  That a planting by a retired Lodi schoolteacher and longtime home winemaker would become the largest, most serious collection (over 40 cultivars!) of German and Austrian grapes in the U.S. The grape bug took a big bite out of Bob Koth in the early nineties, when he and his wife Mary Lou Koth started traveling back and forth to Germany, where their daughter Ann-Marie was studying on a Fulbright scholarship. Although Germany is a good, Alpine obstructed distance away from the Mediterranean Sea – and Lodi’s dry-summer subtropical climate is classified as Mediterranean (similar in temperature to.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard is named California’s “Vineyard of the Year”

June 30th, 2014
Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard is named California’s “Vineyard of the Year”

I can’t quite put words to why I am profoundly comforted by the fact that a wine can also be a place, that mere fermented grapes can coalesce into a product of such rare beauty and meaning. – Randall Grahm (owner/winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyard) To many of the growers and winemakers in Lodi today – now in their third, fourth, fifth or even sixth generation of Delta farming – the fruits of their labors have always been what has tethered their families to this American Viticultural Area, with or without the recognition of their peers in California or elsewhere.  Lodi.. VIEW MORE »

Sonoma’s Morgan Twain-Peterson talks about his new Katusha Vineyard in Lodi

June 27th, 2014
Sonoma’s Morgan Twain-Peterson talks about his new Katusha Vineyard in Lodi

You see it in films, fiction, music, reality television, and even in the wine world:  everybody loves the scruffy character with the countenance of youth and artistic soul, even when it comes with forgivable hints of bravado or brashness.  Enter-stage-left, Morgan Twain-Peterson, owner/winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in Sonoma Valley. Over the past six, seven years Mr. Twain-Peterson has emerged as one of California’s wunderkind winemakers, with one of the most distinctive feels for terroir.  In the beginning, because of his promising bloodline, as the son of Ravenswood founder/winemaker Joel Peterson; and with that, access to many of the most.. VIEW MORE »