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The LoCA Life & Times

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 31, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Dale Goff’s favorite (and most spectacular) images of Lodi in 2014

October: How brown did you let your lawn go in order to conserve water?

October: How brown did you let your lawn go in order to conserve water?

Dale Goff of Goff Photography is one of Lodi’s most accomplished professional photographers.  Mr. Goff, in fact, has been photographing the Lodi American Viticultural Area for going on 20 years. Says Goff, “This past year was as wonderful as the first… the Lodi Winegrape Commission, in fact, was my first major account in the Lodi area, and we’ve enjoyed a fruitful relationship ever since.” Mr. Goff’s commercial and advertising jobs take him everywhere in Lodi wine country.  Pondering the past year, he tells us, “It’s an honor to share my favorite photos of Lodi for 2014.

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Time Posted: Dec 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 28, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi wines compared to Texas wines, hats and cattle

Three of Lodi’s modern-day winegrowing pioneers: Borra Vineyards’ Steve Borra, Michael David’s Mike Phillips, and The Lucas Winery’s Dave Lucas

Three of Lodi’s modern-day winegrowing pioneers: Borra Vineyards’ Steve Borra, Michael David’s Mike Phillips, and The Lucas Winery’s Dave Lucas

Jeremy Wilson – a sommelier who writes the Texas Wine Lover site and lives in the officially recognized Texas Hill Country AVA (approved in 1991), where he works for Kuhlman Cellars – recently wrote to us, telling us that he believes the Lodi AVA has a lot in common with the Texas wine industry. Not knowing a lot about Texas wines, we asked Mr. Wilson to help us catch his drift. His immediate response: "Our high quality winemaking movement is still so young that many people are totally unaware that we even have a wine industry in Texas.

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Randy Caparoso
 
December 22, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi wines in the news in 2014

December reds in Lodi vineyard

December reds in Lodi vineyard

As we come to the end of another year in Lodi wine country, let's look back at some of the highlights of 2014 gleaned through widely read wine publications and blog sites. Just a small percentage of American wine lovers subscribe to Decanter, a publication in the U.K. that bills itself "The World's Best Wine Magazine." There's a lot to be said for this, though, because the English are arguably the most sophisticated wine lovers in the world. Universally respected organizations such as the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as the Institute of Masters of Wine were founded..

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Time Posted: Dec 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 17, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Estate Crush is Downtown Lodi’s one-stop for numerous finely crafted brands

Attention, last-minute Lodi wine shoppers: Caught in the usual pre-Christmas time crunch? Then we have the perfect one-stop, direct-from-the-source solution for you: Downtown Lodi's Estate Crush. Estate Crush is a custom-crush winery facility serving over 80 separate clients. This means they make wines for basically 80+ wineries; about half of them commercial brands, and many of them Lodi based as either local growers and/or independent entrepreneurs looking to get their own brand started up. A number of highly regarded wineries who are now doing their own thing, such as Oak Farm Vineyards and Viñedos Aurora, originally got their start..

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Time Posted: Dec 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 15, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Match made for December: Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

You can look at the increasingly short, dark, dreary days of December in two different ways: as a doggoned shame, or as the perfect excuse to enjoy the type of wines and foods that these days call for. Mike Hodge, co-owner of Twisted Roots Vineyard & Winery, has the perfect prescription for those who choose the positive course: the 2011 Twisted Roots Lodi Petite Sirah ($25) with rosemary lamb shanks. (Twisted Roots multi-award winning wines are available locally at Downtown Lodi's Estate Crush). 2014 has been a significant year for the "Twisted Gang," with the opening of their new..

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Time Posted: Dec 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 11, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

A Lodi wine lover’s wish list: Lodi’s 12 most adventurous wines

Christmas in Lodi’s Wine & Roses Hotel

Christmas in Lodi’s Wine & Roses Hotel

Is there a wiser wine lover than a Lodi wine lover? Lodi is just beginning to forge its reputation as a source of some America's finest, and most cutting-edge, wines. Many of the leading producers in this respect have been around for less than ten, fifteen years. What makes Lodi wine lovers special is that they are quite a bit ahead of most other wine lovers; including many wine professionals who are still under the mistaken impression that Lodi is some kind of Central Valley desert where only ordinary wines are grown: when, in fact, Lodi is a region focused..

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Time Posted: Dec 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 4, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Three things that matter (when getting the most out of wine)

Lodi wine lover

Lodi wine lover

When most of us enjoy our wine, we don't like to think about it too much. We don't need to ooh and ah over the "bouquet," and we don't need to take tiny sips and roll the wine in our mouth for 60 seconds before pronouncing it good. Ah, but there are still few things that matter when it comes to getting the maximum pleasure from a bottle, whether it is a $10 Sauvignon Blanc, an $18 Zinfandel or a $180 Cabernet Sauvignon. Because, it is true: you can lessen you enjoyment if everything...

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Time Posted: Dec 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
December 2, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

How to be your own judge of good wine

Burgundy, schmurgundy I started out on Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff. Not really. But that line from one of Bob Dylan's classic old songs (Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues) always sounded great. Burgundy is a place in France where they grow grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. During Dylan's early (and, many say, best) days – the sixties and seventies – Burgundy, to most Americans, was the cheap, easy drinking, generic red wine you would usually buy by the gallon or half-gallon "jug." To the eternal horror of the French, the "Burgundy" made in California rarely, if ever,...

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