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Why cool kids are lovin’ Lodi

June 11th, 2015
Why cool kids are lovin’ Lodi

    Recently, folks at local wineries have been reporting a growing influx of wine lovers of a different stripe. They’ve been coming in from major cities – San Francisco, L.A., Dallas, Chicago, New York, Vancouver – after reading about it in national magazines or the blogosphere, or catching a taste of it in a few bottles that say “Lodi.”  Sleek women in citified heels (awkward for walking between the rows of grapevines for selfies), and guys in goatees and/or hipster hats. Have Lodi wines and the Lodi Viticultural Region suddenly – or should we say finally – attained a “coolness”.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines rated among the finest California Grenache reds

June 9th, 2015
Lodi wines rated among the finest California Grenache reds

  Some things just creep up on you – like the unsuspected appeal of red wines made from the black skinned Grenache grape. Especially those grown in Lodi. Earlier in the month we endeavored to take a measure of varietal bottlings of Lodi grown Grenache; gathering 15 of the finest examples grown and produced in California for a “blind” tasting. Meaning, the bottles were poured from paper sacks, their identities unknown to the tasters, which included three of Lodi’s most respected vintners: Markus Bokisch of Bokisch Vineyards, Chad Joseph of Harney Lane Winery and Oak Farm Vineyards (plus three more.. VIEW MORE »

Rare hat trick: Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

June 1st, 2015
Rare hat trick:  Lodi garners awards for Vineyard, Grower & Winery of the Year

  Lodi hat trick Over the past year the Lodi Viticultural Area has achieved something of a hat trick; garnering no less than three prestigious California wine industry awards for • 2014 Vineyard of the Year – Bestowed by the California State Fair, an award going to the little Bechthold Vineyard, located on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA. • 2014 Grower of the Year – Awarded to Lodi’s Vino Farms by the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) at this group’s Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence Program, held last July in Carmel Valley. • 2014 Winery of.. VIEW MORE »

Stama Winery unveils new tasting room and exciting plans for Lodi’s future

May 25th, 2015
Stama Winery unveils new tasting room and exciting plans for Lodi’s future

  Very quietly, over the recent ZinFest weekend, Stama Winery unveiled a spanking new, if low key, tasting room – open 7 days a week, from 11 AM – centrally located at the site of their new winery facility on Davis Road, just south of Turner Road on Lodi’s west side. For Konstantino “Gus” Kapiniaris – and his son Frank Kapiniaris, who manages Stama Winery while working a regular job in the Bay Area – the ongoing construction of the first two of three planned Mediterranean country style structures (stark white walls, 12-ft. high arched oak doors, and classically Romanesque red-barrel.. VIEW MORE »

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

May 19th, 2015
Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

  Blame it all on their roots, they showed up in boots, and all kinds of hats and wine-country-chic apparel, including threads studded with corks from their favorite bottlings of Lodi wine! They also came from places as far as Canada (whole contingents from both Vancouver and Toronto), Iowa or Florida, and as near as Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno, Carlsbad or L.A.  According Macchia Wines owner/winemaker Tim Holdener, quoted in the local paper (Lodi News-Sentinel), the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival “was very exciting… the crowd really got into it this year.” Why not?  This year’s ZinFest weather was perfect.. VIEW MORE »