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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
 
December 29, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s best days ahead (thanks to Mark Chandler!)

Lodi’s best days ahead (thanks to Mark Chandler!)

On January 1, 2012 the Lodi Winegrape Commission – representing over 750 Lodi region growers plus over 80 wineries – will embark on a new era with the departure of Mark Chandler, the organization’s first and only Executive Director since its establishment 20 years ago. Mr. Chandler, who has privately been telling friends simply that “it was time,” has composed a farewell in his succinct yet sincere fashion (a long admired signature!) for our readers on lodiwine.com: To all my friends and friends of Lodi wine: what a wondrous change we see when we look at Lodi today compared to..

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Time Posted: Dec 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 27, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 2)

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 2)

In August of each year in the wine country, grapes are past véraison — when sugar rises and acidity decreases in the grapes, which turn from a hard green to shades of purple, red, black, blue or gold — and are beginning their race towards their peaks of flavor. As in many other parts of the world, the challenge for growers in Lodi is to achieve full fledged ripeness notwithstanding nature’s usual autumnal slings and arrows: rain, rot, cold, heat, dessication, and on and on. Vintage 2011 in Lodi was as problematic as most, but overall quality, in terms of..

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Time Posted: Dec 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 23, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 1)

A year in Lodi 2011 (part 1)

Looking back on another fruitful year in the Delta Looking back at our favorite photos of the past year also gives us a good sense of how vintage 2011 developed, and more to look forward to in the years to come when we finally uncork and taste the year in our mouths. Some of our favorite scenes from the past year: DECEMBER 2010 JANUARY 2011 FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY Our next blogpost: August to December 2011 in Lodi

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Time Posted: Dec 23, 2011 at 7:13 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 20, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

What Lodi’s winemakers are enjoying this Christmas

What Lodi’s winemakers are enjoying this Christmas

What will Lodi’s winemakers be enjoying over the upcoming Christmas holidays? We asked a few of Lodi’s finest this question, and discovered a couple of things: how much of a mutual admiration society they have going on (they love drinking their colleagues’ wines), and how much they great European or classic American wines. What they say: Ryan Leeman, Van Ruiten Family Winery: Mea (Mrs. Leeman) and I always enjoy classic California wines, like the bottle of 2004 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon we enjoyed just the other night alongside the new 2010 Van Ruiten Family..

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Time Posted: Dec 20, 2011 at 8:26 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 13, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Dream case for the Lodi wine lover who has everything

Dream case for the Lodi wine lover who has everything

Why begrudge your fellow man by stalking off or clicking off the television every time one of those Lexus Christmas commercials comes on? We can be happy for other people’s success (yeah, right), but when it comes to wine, this question never really goes away: why do people spend too much on bottles of wine? We’re talking about big-name, big-shot wines that cost over $100, $200, or even $500 a bottle. They’re not like a Lexus, which at least gives you a nifty package of engineering. Fine wine is more like aesthetic arts or crafts: the qualities appreciated are sensory,..

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Time Posted: Dec 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 6, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Test your Lodi white wine grape knowledge (part 2)

Test your Lodi white wine grape knowledge (part 2)

If you did well in part 1 of Test your Lodi white wine grape knowledge, here’s the skinny here: part 2 is a lot more challenging. So just how big a Lodi wine lover are you? You’ll find out at the very end of this post, where you’ll find the answers. Hints: Most of these grapes are commonly grown up and down the West Coast, from Santa Barbara to Walla Walla, but one of these is quite unique to Lodi (meaning, very little is grown outside Lodi, except in its country of origin). But all are members of Vitis vinifera,..

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Time Posted: Dec 6, 2011 at 8:48 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 2, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

Macchia releases the first of the “perfect” 2010 zins

Macchia releases the first of the “perfect” 2010 zins

One of the Lodi AVA‘s brightest success stories is Macchia Wines, owned and operated by Tim Holdener and his family. Like a dozen or so other key Lodi vintners, Holdener started off as a “home” winemaker, turned professional in 2001, and hasn’t looked back since: Macchia now produces about 10,000 cases a year, most of which are sold out within six months of release. But as in all things in life, there’s a little bad that comes with the good: it’s tough to be a Macchia wine lover when your favorites disappear before you can replenish stock. Consequently, in recent..

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Time Posted: Dec 2, 2011 at 8:56 PM