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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
 
July 28, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Odisea’s delicious roots in Lodi

Odisea’s delicious roots in Lodi

A case for a natural approach to Lodi winemaking… Odisea Wine Company was one producer that really stood out at the TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers & Amigos Society) Grand Tasting at San Francisco’s Fort Mason this past June (for an accounting from the Lodi perspective, see this report in Culinary Wine & Food Adventures). There was something about the Odisea wines – an immediacy, and almost unabashed nakedness – that distinguished it among other Spanish grape specialists in the room that day. There are now, for instance, a growing number of fine, zesty California whites made from the Albariño grape,..

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Time Posted: Jul 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 26, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Wine 101: color & taste sensations

Wine 101: color & taste sensations

How wines get their color The pigmentation of wines comes from the skins of grapes they’re made from. White wines are usually produced from light, green skinned grapes, and red wines from dark, black skinned grapes. The actual juice of most varieties of vinifera is colorless. Therefore, it is entirely possible to make a pink or even pale white colored wine from a black skinned grape simply by separating the skins from the juice immediately after picking, prior to fermentation. The finest, clear colored sparkling wines, for example, come from Champagne in France, most of which is made from the..

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Time Posted: Jul 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 21, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s best whites & summer pasta

Lodi’s best whites & summer pasta

Lodi’s award winners at the 2011 California State Fair Three outstanding Lodi wines will be singled out in an awards ceremony at the California State Fair’s Taste & Celebrate the Best event, this coming July 29, 2011 at the California State Fair in Sacramento. The honors and recipients: Best of Lodi White: 2010 Abundance, Lodi Bountiful Blanc (Gold Medal) Best of Lodi Red: 2009 Macchia, Serious Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel (Double Gold Medal) Best Viognier: 2010 Loredona, Lodi Viognier (Gold Medal) The awards ceremony takes place at 3-5:30 PM on Golden 1 Stage, and the public will have the opportunity..

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Time Posted: Jul 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 19, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Knowing, enjoying wine 101

Knowing, enjoying wine 101

De plan, de plan… Over the next few weeks we plan to devote one blogpost per week covering some basic aspects of wine, from how vineyards effect quality and style to, simply, how to taste wine and enhance its enjoyment. Yes, we’re talking “basics,” but we promise: we’re not going to dumb it down for you. We figure that if you’re reading this, you’re probably a curious wine lover, and you want something of substance along with some A, B, Cs. Why not? To begin with… What makes wine wine? If left to its own devices, any batch of grapes..

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Time Posted: Jul 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 16, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi shines at Zin Rib-O-Rama

Lodi shines at Zin Rib-O-Rama

Spelling out what makes Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel special… Last weekend on July 9, Lodi was the American Viticultural Area featured by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) at its first ever annual Rib-O-Rama, taking place at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, along the foggy banks of the San Francisco Bay. Rock Wall is a fairly new Zinfandel specialist, owned and operated by Kent Rosenblum (perhaps best known, and revered, as the founder of Rosenblum Cellars, which he sold in 2008) and his daughter Shauna Rosenblum (Rock Wall’s winemaker). Along with Rock Wall, there was a handful of other..

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Time Posted: Jul 16, 2011 at 4:37 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 11, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Bastille Day at Wine & Roses!

Bastille Day at Wine & Roses!

An authentic French style celebration at Lodi’s Wine & Roses Ah, the outdoor communal tables attended by long white aproned servers, steaming bowls of saucissse de Toulouse (pork sausages) and ratatouille passed under rays of a fading summer sun sifting through verdant Van Gogh greenery, with the tinkling of glasses filled with kir, Lillet blanc or even the dizzying, mysterious Absinthe in harmony with laughter of friends and gay accordéon de musique… No, this is not Midnight in Paris… this will be a first-time (for Lodi!) celebration authentique of Bastille Day, taking place in the outdoor cobbled courtyard of Wine..

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Time Posted: Jul 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 8, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Latest by Fields & Grands Amis

Latest by Fields & Grands Amis

Fields Family joins Downtown Lodi’s growing, vibrant culinary scene A couple of weeks ago Fields Family Winery quietly opened their brand new tasting room in Downtown Lodi at 20 N. School St.; right across the street from the Cellardoor (the urban home of the Michael~David, Jessie’s Grove, Van Ruiten Family and Bokisch Vineyards wineries), and also looking at Cindy Della Monica’s Cheese Central, an oasis of luscious artisanal milk ferments which always seems to be mobbed these days. Fields Family also joins Jeremy and Choral Trettevik’s Jeremy Wine Company, Gregg and Colleen Lewis’ The Dancing Fox (also an artisanal..

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Time Posted: Jul 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
July 5, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Sip’n at historic McFarland Ranch

Sip’n at historic McFarland Ranch

Enjoy great wine, music and friends at Galt’s historic landmark The Lodi AVA is as much about the history of its families — many still working the farms and ranches established since the late 1850s — as the incredible strides evident in the quality of its wine grapes and increasingly acclaimed wines, now enjoyed all over the world. This is why preservation of Lodi’s past is as important to the region as the bold, innovative steps being taken to assure its future prosperity. Tucked between miles of vineyards farmed by Vino Farms, Peltier Station‘s Rod Schatz, Amrik Dahliwal and others,..

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Time Posted: Jul 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM