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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 21, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)

French born winemaker Franck Lambert in Lodi

French born winemaker Franck Lambert in Lodi

How does a French winemaker named Franck Lambert, with his India-born wife Rekha, celebrate Thanksgiving here in Lodi? Monsieur Lambert was born in Southern France and educated at University of Montpellier (where he attained a Master's degree in winemaking). He has been a quiet but influential part of the Lodi winemaking community over the past 12 years. After working in France's Alsace, Bordeaux and Languedoc regions, as well as a short time in South Africa, Lambert arrived in California's Delta region in 2002 to be part of Michael David Winery's rapid (or rather, explosive) expansion. As Michael David's Senior Winemaker, Lambert..

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Time Posted: Nov 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 16, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Three reasons why you should open a Lodi Zinfandel on National Zinfandel Day

Alison Colarossi punching down her 2014 Stellina Zinfandel

Alison Colarossi punching down her 2014 Stellina Zinfandel

This coming Wednesday, November 19, 2014 is National Zinfandel Day. We know, we know: there's a day for everything these days. But National Zinfandel Day holds significance in Lodi because: Zinfandel qualifies as California's heritage grape because, for most of the past 160 years, it has been the state's most widely planted grape (although today, it is California's third most widely planted premium wine grape, behind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon); The Lodi American Viticultural Area is easily California's largest grower of Zinfandel; crushing some 40% of the state's crop each year. Naturally, here on lodiwine.com and related sites,..

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Randy Caparoso
 
November 14, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Having a Lodi Thanksgiving

Turkey at Michael David Winery’s menagerie

Turkey at Michael David Winery’s menagerie

Is there anything more American than turkey for Thanksgiving, with all the extra delectable accoutrements? The turkey is one of our greatest comfort foods. Has been, as we all learned in school, since the Pilgrims sat down with the local Native Americans for that historic big meal. Except of course, historians (such as Smithsonian.com) now tell us that if there was wild turkey at the first Thanksgiving, it most certainly wasn't the centerpiece. Neither did they have bread stuffing or pies, since they had no wheat flour or butter to make..

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Time Posted: Nov 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 11, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Michael Klouda’s Stem Theory is unoppressively contrarian

Michael Klouda

Michael Klouda

Call the newly released 2013 Michael Klouda (MK) Stem Theory Lodi Cabernet Franc ($26) what you like: confused, contrarian, counter-intuitive, confounding – but you can't call it boring. It is, in fact, the perfect red wine for wine lovers who like a little bit of wildness, even rawness, in their wine, tingling your nose and scraping your tongue – but in a gentle, unoppressive sort of way. Michael Klouda Wines' 2013 Stem Theory does just that: a purplish red wine delivering an array of aromas – fresh raspberry and dried berries mixed with green, leafy/herbal notes – wrapped in a...

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Time Posted: Nov 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
November 4, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s Coup de Grâce is a red wine blend to end all blends

Coup de Grâce Lodi Red Wine

Coup de Grâce Lodi Red Wine

The expression coup de grâce technically means putting someone out of his or her misery, in a most violent fashion. But here in Lodi, it is now means a gloriously rich and original red wine – a thick, bloody red, if you will. The 2011 Coup de Grâce Lodi Red Wine (about $28) is an explosive blend of Lodi grown Zinfandel (56%), 21% Petite Sirah from Lodi and Russian River Valley, 16% Petit Verdot from Lodi, and 7% Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley's Atlas Peak AVA. It represents the work of Lodi winemaker Adam Mettler (who is also the winemaker...

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Time Posted: Nov 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM