Letters from Lodi
An insightful and objective look at viticulture and winemaking from the Lodi
Appellation and the growers and vintners behind these crafts. Told from the
perspective of multi-award winning wine journalist, Randy Caparoso.
Spring, glorious spring in Lodi wine country!
Okay, so it’s still a little gray out there, and the ground has not yet completely dried up from the winter rains (but hey, water!), on the first day of spring – or the vernal equinox (as of Wednesday, March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere), when day and night are just about equal in length – here in Lodi wine country.
But if you look closely, buds are just beginning to break out in the fields and vines, and in our annual bushes and trees. That means something, doesn’t it? It’s a yearly reconfirmation of life, just when we thought winter would never end (or rather, as it’s often seemed in recent years, just when we were wondering if we somehow overslept and missed “winter” completely).
In a recent break-of-spring, San Francisco Chronicle staff photographer Gabrielle Lurie (also of Gabrielle Lurie Photography) spent a couple of days here in Lodi, snapping shots of the yearly March wine country madness. Lurie’s “eye,” as they say, is phenomenal, which explains her numerous awards, including
• Academy Award Regional Winner 2018
• Best of NPPA 2017 Environmental Award
• Lumix Award for Northern California Wildfires
• American Photography Award Winner
• Atlanta Photojournalism Award- 3rd Place Winner
Hence, besides the San Francisco Chronicle, Lurie’s images have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, The Guardian, Getty Images/Agence France-Presse (AFP), National Geographic Proof, The Atlantic, Reuters, CNN, MIT Technology Review, The Houston Chronicle, Mother Jones, Forbes, Vox, Buzzfeed, Men’s Journal, and... who hasn't published a Gabrielle Lurie photo?
That said, here is a visual feast of Lurie images, bursting with the glorious feeling of another hopeful spring in Lodi wine country: