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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
 
May 28, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

Klinker Brick’s Joseph Smith, thiefing Dolcetto barrels this past February

Klinker Brick’s Joseph Smith, thiefing Dolcetto barrels this past February

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAD IT RIGHT Summer is three weeks away (June 21, 2014); but lately, it sure has felt like it has already arrived. Time was, when the weather caught fire, wine lovers would suddenly reach for ice-chilled bottles of fizzy Portuguese rosés in cute little bottles that could be turned into cheesy lamps or vases. But that was grandma and grandpa. Their kids discovered the joys of "Riunite on ice," domestic Chenin Blanc, and later on, White Zinfandel or Chardonnays that were dryer than Chenin Blancs, but seemingly just as fruity. What are today's younger adults thirsting for? More and more of them seem to be gravitating...

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Time Posted: May 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 23, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

A tribute to a family patriarch: Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

Don Victor and Aurora Anaya

Don Victor and Aurora Anaya

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Petite Sirah (40%) sourced completely from the 40-acre Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers – Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo. Despite the Don Victor's swarthy masculinity, there is also a sweet note of blueberryish fruit singing the wine's sun bronzed Lodi origin, while mildly smoky, vanillin French oak adds a brush of elegance – think of a smiling, raggedy haired Viggo Mortensen in a velvet jacket, right about to...

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Time Posted: May 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 20, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Photo memories: ZinFest is more than about wine, it’s about the people of Lodi

All hail Macchia winemaker/owner Tim Holdener, whose sleek, intimidating Viking barrel-canoe took the Grand Champion trophy in the first historic Lodi Vintner's Regatta!

All hail Macchia winemaker/owner Tim Holdener, whose sleek, intimidating Viking barrel-canoe took the Grand Champion trophy in the first historic Lodi Vintner's Regatta!

Who comes to Lodi for its annual ZinFest? At least 4,000 devotees of Delta grown grapes each year. To be more specific, Lodi wine lovers coming from as far away as Florida, Texas, New York and Colorado; plus, in 2014, exactly 38 of them from Vancouver, Canada… For Warren Lemcke, a Deputy Police Chief in Vancouver, and his wife Lisa Lemcke, it all started eight years ago when they tasted their first bottle of Michael David Winery's 7 Deadly Zins. "We enjoyed it so much that we decided to visit Lodi to see if we could find more," Mr. Lemcke...

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Randy Caparoso
 
May 15, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Da’ music and green, green grass of Lodi ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

At ZinFest Wine Festival, Lodi grown wines set the stage, the towering weeping willows and ancient valley oaks make the scene, and the green, green grass of Lodi Lake Park makes for a one, giant, lush, pillowy carpet for your feet, which you always find movin' with the groovin' of the music that fills the air. Here's what will be happening this coming Saturday at 2014′s really-big-show: THE ZINFEST PIANO BAR 2-5 PM – Joe Spraker Back by popular demand, pianist/vocalist Joe Spraker will take to his own stage and get ZinFest bibbers sipping, singing and even dancing to his...

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Time Posted: May 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 13, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar is a cozy corner for wine lovers

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar

Wine tasting is fun; and good wine, sipped in healthy moderation, stimulates both mind and body. And so naturally, good wines also perk conversation, ushering moments of eloquence or, at the very least, some semblance of sanity in our lives – just the thing to unwind, tune in, and drop out, if only for a few glorious minutes. Which is why, when the Scott family of Lodi's Sorelle Winery and the Marks family of Clarksburg's Six Hands Winery (who also source grapes from Lodi) decided to come together to establish a tasting room in Downtown Lodi, they were determined to...

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Time Posted: May 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 8, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Grape Goddess, the perfect salad for Zinfandel, and bevy of new stuff at Lodi ZinFest!

Chef Tony Lawrence (right, with St. Amant’s Stuart Spencer) will demonstrate his amazingly Zinfandel-friendly “chocolate salad” at this year’s ZinFest

Chef Tony Lawrence (right, with St. Amant's Stuart Spencer) will demonstrate his amazingly Zinfandel-friendly "chocolate salad" at this year's ZinFest

The 2014 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival, taking place next week Saturday, May 17, will be funner and more educational than ever! First, have you ever wondered what would be the perfect, healthy salad for Lodi grown Zinfandel? Better yet, one made with chocolate? Chef Tony Lawrence, the "Global Wine Chef" of A Chef For You, has been demonstrating his incredibly zin-friendly "chocolate salad" for years at the yearly ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Grand Tasting in San Francisco, and he'll be sharing his secrets on the ZinFest Cooking School stage at 4:00-4:40 PM. But wait, there's more… Chef Tony will also taste you on his absolute...

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Time Posted: May 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 1, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Swirl, sniff, sip, spit, then shop hard-to-get wines at the ZinFest Wine Festival

ZinFest wine maven

ZinFest wine maven

The ZinFest Wine Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014 will be an opportunity to taste over 200 wines representing the incredible diversity of winegrowing going on in the Lodi American Viticultural Area. We mean that figuratively, of course. Please don't taste all 200+ wines – we don't want to carry you out on a stretcher. We strongly recommend, however, following classic wine tasting protocol: swirl, sniff, sip and spit. This will allow you to take in an amazing number of fascinating wines grown and produced in Lodi. But wait, there's more: many of these wines will also be available...

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