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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
 
August 19, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

The Downtown Lodi harvest menu, and becoming the 2014 SIP SAVOR Wine Tasting Champion

WHO WANTS TO BE THE 2014 SIP SAVOR LODI WINE TASTING CHAMPION? One of the two events taking place under the SIP SAVOR LODI Grand Tasting tent at Wine & Roses Hotel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 (1-4 PM) will be a double-blind tasting to determine 2014 Lodi Wine Tasting Champion. This contest will be open to all consumers who can find a seat (limité!) under the seminar tent before it begins at 2 PM. Each contestant will be double-blind tasted on 5 Lodi AVA grown wines and asked to identify each one. No, we won't make it "easy." But...

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Time Posted: Aug 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
August 14, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Mettler Family’s Aglianico is a harbinger of many great wine grapes to come

Mettler Family Vineyards’ 2012 Lodi Aglianico

Mettler Family Vineyards’ 2012 Lodi Aglianico

The latest Mettler Family Vineyards release is the 2012 Mettler Family Lodi Aglianico ($40); an estate grown red wine of vivid purplish cast, teeming with intensely focused cherry and plum pie-like aromas, tinged with licorice and finely polished vanillin oak subtleties. Plump, full and zesty on the palate; with a layered feel furnished by round yet densely textured tannin. You may not know the Aglianico grape. Few Americans have; but it is an ancient Italian grape with an enduring history as a distinct cultivar, going back before the time of Christ. It is still celebrated today for its thick, deeply..

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Time Posted: Aug 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
August 12, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Appreciating Zinfandels (especially from Lodi) like a sommelier

Majestic, own rooted “old man” Lodi Zinfandel (planted in 1901) in Mohr-Fry Ranches’ Marian’s Vineyard

Majestic, own rooted "old man" Lodi Zinfandel (planted in 1901) in Mohr-Fry Ranches' Marian's Vineyard

In seminars at the 2014 Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Experience (i.e. ZAP) in San Francisco this past January, some of California's top sommeliers presented Zinfandels from their perspective: in terms of terroir, or "sense of place." Why terroir; and not, say, varietal character? The Zinfandel grape produces red wines that, more than others, are usually appreciated or evaluated in terms of their fruit profile – a rich, full, often jammy berryishness – rather than sensations reflecting geographic origins. But for many wine lovers, Zinfandel can be just as noble a varietal as, say, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or any other...

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Time Posted: Aug 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM