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The LoCA Life & Times

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
 
June 25, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi wines garner top honors at California State Fair

Oak Farm Managing Partner Dan Panella shows off Golden Bear trophy

Oak Farm Managing Partner Dan Panella shows off Golden Bear trophy

At the The Best of California Awards Ceremony this past Tuesday, June 23 in Sacramento's Cal Expo, a significant number of Lodi AVA grown wines were awarded Blue Ribbons or Golden Bear trophies for finishing at the very top of several categories at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competiton. At this year's competition, 72 judges sniffed, sipped and evaluated 2,881 wines submitted by 743 participating winery brands. The tasting format is "blind" – judges are not biased by knowledge of the brands or regions from where each wine comes. It was a 3-day process (June 3-5, 2015)

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Randy Caparoso
 
June 22, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

PRIE Vineyards joins Lodi's community of small, artisanal wineries

PRIE Vineyards co-owner/winemaker John Gash in his Cabernet Sauvignon estate planting 

The Lodi Viticultural Area’s latest artisanal wine producer, PRIE Vineyards, quietly opened its tasting room at 15628 N. Alpine Rd. (practically across the street from Klinker Brick Winery’s tasting room), this past April.

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Time Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 7:41 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
June 17, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

Photo by Evgeniy Lankin (image available through fineartamerica.com)

Photo by Evgeniy Lankin (image available through fineartamerica.com)

We have this recurring dream. It's almost mid-day. We wake up late, after some wine-soaked conversation deep into the night before, and still haven't yet eaten. So after stopping at a tiny charcuterie for some cooked sausages, marinated olives, a round of local bread – tasting as sweet and silky as pancakes in the inside, crunchy as toasted crusts on the outside – and a bottle of wine, we follow a winding brook at the foot of a steep hill outside the village, in search of a table in the sky. The residual chill from earlier morning hours is...

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Time Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
June 11, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Why cool kids are lovin' Lodi

 

 

Wine lovers at 2015 Lodi ZinFest

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., DallasChicago, 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” factor? 

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Time Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 5:59 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
June 9, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Grenache reds rated among the finest in California

Lodi grower Phil Abba and McCay Cellars winemaker/owner Mike McCay in Abba Vineyard

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 Lodi based wineries), and Michael McCay of McCay Cellars.

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Time Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
June 1, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

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

Self-sustaining solar power at certified sustainably farmed  Vino Farms’ Grand Vin Lands Vineyard

Wanda Woock Bechthold with the late Al Bechthold

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...

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Time Posted: Jun 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM