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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 27, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Markus Bokisch looks back at 2012

Markus & Liz Bokisch

Here at the end of 2012, it makes sense to catch up with Markus Bokisch, whose Bokisch Ranches have become one of the most important vineyard management companies in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (a.k.a. AVA). Bokisch Ranches is not the largest grower in Lodi – that would be companies like LangeTwins Family, John Kautz Farms, Vino Farms, the Dosio family’s Pacific Agri Lands, and a few others – but they are significant because of their upward growth despite increasing economic barriers (2,200 bearing acres of wine grapes, with another 900 acres in development), and because they sell to such..

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Time Posted: Dec 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 20, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Wine tasting is mind tasting

When you taste wine or food, are you tasting with your nose and mouth, or your mind? Consider this: in India, Hindu customers once marched against a dozen locations of McDonald’s; where, because of dietary restrictions, McDonald’s sells no beef product (only vegetable and lamb burgers). What raised their ire? They had heard about a lawsuit in the U.S. brought by a group of vegetarians against McDonald’s for flavoring their fries with a “natural flavor” derived from beef extract, which they the Hindus were also unknowingly consuming (see New York Times Archives on McDonald’s eventual settlement).

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Time Posted: Dec 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 18, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

The perfect holiday refresher: Sorelle Vin Brulé

In recent weeks, lucky visitors to Sorelle Winery have been treated to a special drink: a classic mulled (or “spiced”) wine that Mike Scott and his family – owners and growers of this outstanding Lodi AVA winery, specializing in Italian varietals – have been calling Sorelle Vin Brulé. If we were the type to dish out numerical ratings, we’d give Sorelle’s Vin Brulé 100 points, based upon pure deliciousness and holiday spirit. Our notes on the Vin Brulé: dark raspberry color; warm and fuzzy temperature; pungent with comfy, wintry spices of cinnamon and clove, laced with snappy, pomegranate-like, citrus peel sensations; the..

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Time Posted: Dec 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 11, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

An ultimate Christmas gift: Lodi’s 12 most interesting wines of 2012

An ultimate Christmas gift:  Lodi’s 12 most interesting wines of 2012

For Christmas, what do you give a Lodi wine lover who’s tried everything? A full case (12 bottles) of Lodi’s 12 finest wines, of course. Herein lies the dilemma: the Lodi wine industry has recently reached the point where it is simply an impossibility to pick Lodi’s “12 finest wines.” There’s just too darned many of them! If anything, nowadays it’s more a matter of style and taste, when it comes to choosing the best. For instance, take our recent blogpost on Lodi winemakers analyze 12 of their top Zinfandels, which makes this point: the reality is that there are..

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Time Posted: Dec 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 9, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Visit Estate Crush for wines as plump as Christmas

Visit Estate Crush for wines as plump as Christmas

Have a hankering to taste some super hand crafted Lodi grown wines this weekend? Estate Crush — Lodi’s 16,000 square foot custom crush facility — will quietly open its tasting room this weekend (Dec. 10-11, 12-5 PM) at the corner of Lockeford and Sacramento (the north end of Downtown Lodi). What is Estate Crush? It’s an urban winery of sorts, with its own on-site winemaker and cellar crew who produce and bottle small lots of wine for other wineries as well as private individuals — among the latter, some of Lodi’s most respected growers who like to have small lots..

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Time Posted: Dec 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 7, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Does price (and letting wines “breathe”) matter?

Does price (and letting wines “breathe”) matter?

Does price affect the “quality” of wine? Yes, indeed it do. At least according to results of a study that was released back in 2008, conducted by Antonio Rangel, Associate Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology (as reported by the Stanford Business Web site). In this study, Rangel asked volunteers to blind-taste 5 different bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, and then rate their preferences. Rangel ran this taste test 15 times with 15 different groups, and the wines were always presented in random order. The only information given to the volunteer tasters was price tags.

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Time Posted: Dec 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 4, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

Lodi’s winemakers analyze 12 of their top 2010 Zinfandels

What happens when you take 11 of Lodi’s best winemaker/growers, and sit them down at one table to blind-taste their own Zinfandels? In early November we did exactly that, in the Cellar Room of Lodi’s posh Wine & Roses Hotel & Spa. Our focus was on Zinfandels from the 2010 vintage: a year that has been characterized by more than a few winegrowers as very “North Coast” – meaning, a year of significantly cooler than normal weather throughout the growing season (only one day hitting 100° F. – fewer than what Napa Valley experienced in 2010).

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Time Posted: Dec 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM