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In Lodi, wine comes first. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Meet the passionate people behind our handcrafted wines and gnarly old vines.

Randy Caparoso
 
February 20, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Native group to debut at ZAP/LoCA’s Lodi Zinfandel Experience

“This ol’ truck” in Lodi’s Harney Lane Winery estate…

“This ol’ truck” in Lodi’s Harney Lane Winery estate…

ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) & LoCA present THE LODI ZINFANDEL EXPERIENCE Saturday-Sunday, March 29 & 30, 2014 Earth shaking things are happening in the Lodi AVA, which has always crushed over 40% of California's Zinfandels. Today, a significant percentage of this crop – still sourced from largely own (or St. George) rooted, head trained ancient vines – is going into handcrafted bottlings, unveiling a style of Zinfandel hitherto unsuspected, and surprisingly contemporary. Experience Lodi as never before by coming out for The Lodi Zinfandel Experience: a weekend of vineyard walks, winemaker talks, a gala Lodi style BBQ, and a...

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Time Posted: Feb 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
February 18, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

The problem with reading alcohols and other assumptions about California Zinfandel

Winter mustards coming up between old vine Lodi Zinfandel

Winter mustards coming up between old vine Lodi Zinfandel

To truly grasp Lodi Zinfandel, it helps to understand how they compare with Zinfandels from other California wine regions The problem is, there is a lot of misinformation out there; often perpetuated by journalists or, these days, by wine bloggers. In a recent "tips" blog, for instance, one helpful writer proffered these pearls of wisdom concerning California Zinfandel: When choosing a Zinfandel, pay particular attention to the alcohol level listed on the label. The higher the alcohol, the higher the odds that the wine will be sweet, jammy, and powerfully rich. Zinfandel grows all over California, and the style of the...

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Time Posted: Feb 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
February 12, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Distinguished judges share thoughts on the 12 Zins of Lodi 2014

The 12 Zins of Lodi 2014 have been chosen by a jury of eight respected wine professionals, as a result of a formal tasting taking place in San Francisco this past February 5th, organized by Charles Communications Associates for LoCA. These 12 Zinfandels were selected for being representative of the best of what the Lodi AVA has to offer today, in every price point; and samples will be sent out in care packages to media across the country. The jurists made their selection after tasting a total of 57 Lodi grown Zinfandels in a double-blind format – meaning, they did not know.. VIEW MORE »

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Time Posted: Feb 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
February 4, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

The decidedly unknown (yet fantastic) Charbono grape

The near forgotten Charbono grape

The near forgotten Charbono grape

In a recent polemic issued on his Web site, the widely read wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. commented on the disproportionate attention paid to "unknown" grapes by some of the new "absolutists": "What we also have from this group of absolutists is a near-complete rejection of some of the finest grapes and the wines they produce. Instead they espouse, with enormous gusto and noise, grapes and wines that are virtually unknown. That's their number one criteria – not how good it is, but how obscure it is" Ouch. It's been said that Mr. Parker is the single most influential...

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Time Posted: Feb 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM