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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
 
September 29, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Mokelumne Glen’s beautiful obsessions

Mokelumne Glen’s beautiful obsessions

The Lodi AVA is not a cold climate winegrowing region. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate, strongly influenced by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley River Delta, where average temperatures are roughly akin to the center of Napa Valley, and much of Sonoma County and Paso Robles. Yet as strange as it may seem, the country’s most extensive commercial planting of grapes commonly associated with Germany – the coldest winegrowing region in the world – is found right here in Lodi: at Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, planted by Bob Koth off Cherry Rd., on the eastern side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA. Koth has..

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Time Posted: Sep 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 27, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

27 reasons to be at Treasure Island fest

27 reasons to be at Treasure Island fest

Lodi Wine Country returns to San Francisco Bay this coming Saturday, October 8, 2011 (1 to 5 PM) at the Treasure Island WineFest, where over 45 of Lodi’s finest producers will be pouring over 200 Lodi AVA grown wines. Advanced purchase tickets are now on sale at tiwinefest.com for $55 (tickets at the door are $65, and just $25 for designated drivers). Here’s your chance to experience the best of Lodi in the spectacular setting of Treasure Island off the picturesque Bay Bridge — one great reason for you need to be there… and here are 27 more: An Abundance..

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Time Posted: Sep 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 22, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s ingenioso Vermentino & Moscato

Lodi’s ingenioso Vermentino & Moscato

There has always been something of a Don Quixote in Jim Moore, winemaker/proprietor of Uvaggio, the winery formerly known by its full name, L’Uvaggio di Giacomo (“Jim’s grapes”). How else can you explain his impassioned, solitary crusade to turn the country on to Vermentino, an obscure (at least in the U.S.) grape grown in Northern Italy, the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, and France’s Provence (where the grape is known as Rolle)? In Jim Moore’s world, every self-respecting American white wine lover should be drinking Vermentino, which he calls the “thinking man’s Pinot Grigio.” Ironically, in Moore’s previous life –..

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Time Posted: Sep 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 20, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Vicarmont keeps the Merlot faith

Vicarmont keeps the Merlot faith

Still plenty of respect for Merlot among Lodi winegrowers… Bart: If fairytales have taught us anything, first wives are the best and second wives are terrible. Homer: Just the opposite of real life… – The Simpsons How soon we forget the finest things. Not too long ago, Merlot was the go-to wine for the majority of America’s red wine drinkers – what Chardonnay was to Bridget Jones, white Russians to the Big Lebowski. Then this varietal suffered the indignity of being disparaged in the movie Sideways (2004); and soon after, became decidedly unhip. Yet good grapes are good grapes, and..

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Time Posted: Sep 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 16, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s 2011 zin roars in

Lodi’s 2011 zin roars in

Up until last week, Tim Holdener (winemaker/proprietor of Macchia Wines) tells us, there were some fears that “yields might be down as much as 50%.” But now that he has gotten in his fastest ripening vineyards this past week – including the dry farmed Leland Noma’s and “Oblivious” next door, yielding as little as half-a-ton per acre, as well as Dave Devine’s drip-irrigated vineyard in the Clements Hills AVA – Holdener has adjusted his expectation to “about 20% less.” Adds Holdener, “we expected a less than average year, when we saw all the shot berries that resulted from the spring..

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Time Posted: Sep 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 13, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Why Turley is bonkers for Lodi

Why Turley is bonkers for Lodi

The makings of California’s top cult Zinfandels… My back to the wall, a victim of laughing chance This is for me the essence of true romance Sharing the things we know and love with those of my kind Libations Sensations that stagger the mind… – Steely Dan’s Deacon Blues Among California’s prestige producers of Zinfandel, Turley Wine Cellars is undoubtedly the one accorded the most “cult” status: coveted with almost religious fervor by zin lovers to the point where they often pay ridiculous prices for them (although Turley releases its wines at suggested $30 to $50 retail prices, demand is..

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Time Posted: Sep 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 9, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Wine’s cutting edge lies in Lodi

Wine’s cutting edge lies in Lodi

12 Lodi grown grapes that are changing the face of American wine… I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s… I will not reason and compare: my business is to create… –William Blake The grape makes the wine; but of course, so does the imagination and handiwork of the vigneron. Over the past week we have been running from one end of the Lodi AVA to another, taking photographs of all the grapes we find, cultivated in this Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta influenced region. Lodi grows a broader range of wine grapes (and more of virtually all..

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Time Posted: Sep 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
September 3, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Grape makes the wine, part 2

Grape makes the wine, part 2

What a difference a grape makes, indeed… Of all the major and cutting-edge varieties of Vits vinifera grown in California today, Syrah is the only wine grape Lodi doesn’t crush more of than any other region (Fresno beats out Lodi in Syrah acreage). Here are the sensory profiles on the other grapes of significance (other than those covered in our previous blogpost, What a Difference a Grape Makes) grown in the Lodi AVA. WHITE WINE GRAPES SAUVIGNON BLANC (also called Fumé Blanc in the U.S.) Nose: Green melon aromas, often tinged by noticeably herbaceous (like cut grass, weeds, bell pepper,..

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Time Posted: Sep 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM