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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
 
April 26, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

All about food in Bokisch Vineyards

All about food in Bokisch Vineyards

For the Love of Culinary Grapes Do you enjoy alternative style wines veering off from the usual heavy handed, ripe or oaky style typical of "California" wine? Then you should seriously consider attending the Grand Wine Tasting sponsored by TAPAS – that is, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society – this Sunday, June 27, 2012 (2-5 PM) in San Francisco's Goldent Gate Club at The Presidio. TAPAS, which is all about appreciation of wines made from grapes native to Spain and/or Portugal, is turning out to be a very good thing for jaded wine lovers. Especially if you prefer a...

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Time Posted: Apr 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
April 22, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Spring flings by Bokisch – a house built by Albariño, and much more

Bokisch Vineyards Verdejo

Bokisch Vineyards Verdejo

"Lodi proves to be perfect for Albariño," is the heading of Bokisch Vineyards' latest blog on their Web site. "The Albariño grape is originally from the Rías Baixas wine region in Galicia, Spain," they go on to explain; "an area that is characterized by wet, foggy winters and mild summers. Not necessarily an obvious choice for transplanting to Lodi, but it turns out it was a smart choice. Many great wines are being produced from Lodi AVA and its sub-regions. " With going on 15 vintages of Albariño bottlings under their belt, Bokisch Vineyards can be accurately described as...

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Time Posted: Apr 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
April 17, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School

ZinFest Wine School

ZinFest Wine School

At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March. All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent. The particulars… 4:00-4:40 PM – ZinFest Wine School: The Lodi Native Project Moderated by Randy Caparoso – The SOMM Journal & lodiwine.com Tim Holdener – Macchia Wines...

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Time Posted: Apr 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
April 14, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Eight years of ZinFest poster’s red haired muse

The first, contemplative appearance of ZinFest artist Vince McIndoe’s red haird muse, in 2007

The first, contemplative appearance of ZinFest artist Vince McIndoe’s red haird muse, in 2007

Lodi ZinFest is celebrating its 10th year in 2014. The beautiful, mysterious "red headed girl" depicted in each year's ZinFest poster is making only her eighth appearance; but now, what would any ZinFest be without her? The ZinFest posters are the brainchild of artist Vince McIndoe, who is currently living in Korea. If the artwork reminds you of works from the Belle Époque – the "Beautiful Age" in French and Belgian history immediately following World War I, marked by optimism and burst of artistic creativity – you are not mistaken. Says Mr. McIndoe, "When designing my posters, I am...

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Time Posted: Apr 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
April 10, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton

This past March 2014 Acquiesce Vineyards opened its tasting room doors once again, after being closed for over four months. Why the down time? For one, it's because their wines – all white wines, except for one rosé, made from estate grown Rhône Valley (i.e. Southern French) grapes – have been selling out within a few months of being released. They're that good. It's also because they haven't been making much – less than 1,000 cases each year, since their first commercial vintage (2011). But mostly because they've hit upon a style that has struck a chord with more and...

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Randy Caparoso
 
April 4, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

The six Lodi Native Zinfandels, available in a wood case package at Lodi Wine & Visitor Center

The six Lodi Native Zinfandels, available in a wood case package at Lodi Wine & Visitor Center

The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of norcalwine.com – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented. At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Growers and winemakers in Lodi understand the subtle variations of wines grown in individual vineyards in a way that outside writers don't...

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Time Posted: Apr 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
April 2, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

ZinFest Wine School will explore Lodi’s wonderful diversity of wines

Lodi ZinFest 2014

Lodi ZinFest 2014

The Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival has never been just about Zinfandel. It's always been about the huge variety of wines grown and produced in the Lodi AVA. At this year's ZinFest, taking place Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) in Lodi Lake Park, two of California's leading wine educators and professional wine judges will lead ZinFest Wine School tastings, addressing the amazing array of alternative style wines now being produced by Lodi's artisanal wineries. Re: 1:00 – 1:40 PM LODI'S IMPRESSIVE DIVERSITY OF REDS Ellen Landis – a distinguished Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Specialist, and owner of Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn – leads you on...

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Time Posted: Apr 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM