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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
 
November 25, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Bokisch family’s strong (and delicious!) Thanksgiving traditions

Markus Bokisch carving turkey

Markus Bokisch carving turkey

Since establishing their first vineyards in Lodi in the early nineties, Markus and Liz Bokisch have laid down roots in Northern San Joaquin Valley that have become as deep as anyone's. They now own, co-own or manage over 2,200 acres of wine grapes, with another 900 acres in development. Although the Bokischs grow the most popular grapes (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay) for over 50 winery/clients, they might be better known as one of the state's largest suppliers of Spanish grapes (i.e. Albariño, Tempranillo, Graciano, and more), which they also produce and bottle under their...

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Randy Caparoso
 
November 21, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Mexican-American Lodi Thanksgiving with Vinedos Aurora’s Anaya family

The Anaya family: Gerardo, Don Victor (grandfather), Armando, Leticia, Ramon and Victor Jr.

The Anaya family: Gerardo, Don Victor (grandfather), Armando, Leticia, Ramon and Victor Jr.

Thanksgiving is a special day for the Anaya family, who own and farm 90 acres of top quality wine grapes in Lodi's Clements Hills AVA. They also own Viñedos Aurora – a winery that has become one of Lodi's brightest new stars since the release of their first vintage (2009s), a little less than three years ago. Thanksgiving dinner in the Anaya family, according to winemaker Gerardo Espinosa, is highlighted by the serving of pollo manchamanteles – a "tablecloth staining" chicken stew prepared by Espinosa's mother, Leticia Anaya – with sides of arroz blanco con vegetables and frijoles peruanos (Peruvian...

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Time Posted: Nov 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 19, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Liquid sweets to top a perfect Thanksgiving

The perfect Thanksgiving finish: d’Art Port

The perfect Thanksgiving finish: d’Art Port

The holidays are the one time of year when it's "okay" to cut loose with all your favorite dishes; complimented, of course, by terrific wine… Including great sweet wines to enjoy with desserts – who doesn't love that? Your Aunt Gladys and Uncle Boyd, your brother the wine geek, your sister the foodie, mom who loves everything and dad who always proclaims "I know what I like" but still can't remember what he had last week – they all love the smaller sized bottlings winemakers probably work the hardest to craft: sweet dessert wines. Just a handful of Lodi's 75-odd...

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Time Posted: Nov 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 13, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

For Lodi’s newest winemaker, a bouquet of floral grapes and possibilities

Elyse Egan Perry in Bokisch’s Liberty Oaks Vineyards

Elyse Egan Perry in Bokisch’s Liberty Oaks Vineyards

One of Lodi's newest winemakers – so new, she doesn't officially start working for Bokisch Vineyards until this coming December 2 – is already showing a magic touch with Lodi grown grapes. A touch that grew out of a long and steady pursuit of her passion – first for unusually aromatic wines, and then for turning aromatic grapes into her own unusual wines. For Elyse Egan Perry, winemaker/owner of tiny Egan Cellars, moving to Lodi is a culmination of a path first etched out nine and a half years ago, when she and her husband (Jeff Perry) were on their...

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Time Posted: Nov 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 12, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi positioned to ride the growing passion for Petite Sirah

Fun depiction of two “monster” grapes

Fun depiction of two “monster” grapes

While American wine lovers are familiar with Syrah – often sold as Shiraz on Australian labels – the popularity of this grape as a varietal red wine has been on a notable wane in recent years. Petite Sirah, on the other hand, has become more popular than ever. It is not the same grape as Syrah: it is a crossing of two grapes, Syrah and Peloursin, originally developed in Southern France in the 1880s, and introduced to California shortly thereafter. Although wine connoisseurs have always considered Syrah to be the far greater of the two grapes, many American consumers now...

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Time Posted: Nov 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 6, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

In praise of untannic reds (especially for Julia Child’s French burgers!)

“This ol’ truck” in Harney Lane’s vineyard

“This ol’ truck” in Harney Lane’s vineyard

In a recent article appearing in Decanter – a U.K. based publication that bills itself as the "world's best wine magazine" (and perhaps it is) – a critic named Andrew Jefford related a recent experience comparing two red wines made from the same grape (Tannat), one from Lodi and one from South-West France: A couple of weeks ago, I tasted (in the same afternoon) a Tannat from the Alta Mesa AVA in warm Lodi (made by Ursa Vineyards using fruit from Ron Silva's Silvaspoons Vineyard) a couple of hours before trying a barrel sample of the 2012 Vignes Préphylloxériques, a Tannat...

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Time Posted: Nov 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM