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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
 
March 28, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 2) – winemakers talk dirty

Trench dug in the Mokelumne River AVA’s historic Bechthold Vineyard; showing the depth of fine sandy loam soil

Continued from The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

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Time Posted: Mar 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 26, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

Bokisch Ranches' Las Cerezas Vineyard (planted to Spanish varieties) in Mokelumne River AVA

Bokisch Ranches’ Las Cerezas Vineyard (planted to Spanish varieties) in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA

Boundaries, heart and soul

The Mokelumne River AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of the seven sub-appellations located within the larger Lodi AVA established in August 2006 by the TTB (the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Tax and Trade Bureau).

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Time Posted: Mar 26, 2015 at 12:07 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 18, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

2014 Zinfandel in McCay's Lot 13 Vineyard

2014 Zinfandel in McCay's Lot 13 Vineyard

In our previous post (Is Zinfandel breaking out?) we cited a number of wine industry professionals who truly believe that Zinfandel can be made in more restrained, elegant styles – not unlike the finest Pinot Noirs or Burgundies – and that, in fact, we are beginning to see a paradigm shift towards that direction. What are some of the more elegant styles of Zinfandel coming out of the Lodi Viticultural Area today? Tom Hoffman of Heritage Oak Winery – located on the east side of Lodi's Mokelumne River AVA – has almost stubbornly stuck with leaner, zestier styles of..

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Time Posted: Mar 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 16, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Is Zinfandel breaking out, or just a case of measles?

2015 ZAP Media & Trade Tasting

2015 ZAP Media & Trade Tasting

This past January 28-31, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) held its 24th full-scale "Experience" in San Francisco's Presidio, with the theme: Zinfandel is a rising star… reach out and grab it. Zinfandel, of course, has always been a longtime star in the varietal market. In fact, Zinfandel's dominance in California vineyards dates back well nigh into the 1850s. So what exactly does ZAP mean with the implication that Zinfandel is still "rising?" It means, Zinfandel specialists have always been acutely aware that as popular as Zinfandel is, it has never really caught on with certain elements in the..

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Time Posted: Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 11, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

The expansion and controversial division of the Lodi Viticultural Area

Trellised vines along Lodi's Mokelumne River

Trellised vines along Lodi's Mokelumne River

Continuation of a Part 1: The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area In 1991, some 600 Lodi AVA growers came together to form the self-mandated Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission (now called the Lodi Winegrape Commission) for the purpose of regional promotion, education and viticultural research. This would be a momentous development, playing a crucial role in Lodi's current status as a winegrowing region of note. In an effort to reconcile the then-existing boundaries of the Lodi AVA with the jurisdiction of the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission as well as how California Crush District 11 defined Lodi, in 2000 a petition was submitted to the...

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Time Posted: Mar 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 4, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area

Ancient Carignan, planted around 1906 in the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA

Ancient Carignan, planted around 1906 in the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA

The ATF received a petition for a Lodi AVA from a group called the Lodi District Vintners Association in August 1982, which went through an approval process lasting nearly four years before finally being granted in February 1986. What is an American Viticultural Area – commonly abbreviated as AVA – and why should you care? There are many types of wines grown and produced around the world. The vast majority of commercial wines are, in fact, made by brands or producers endeavoring to put out products that are of a consistent quality and affordably priced. Most wines – be...

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Time Posted: Mar 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM