The Lodi Life & Times

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Randy Caparoso
October 12, 2010 | Randy Caparoso

Sweet times on Treasure Island

Oh, the water… – Van Morrison

Some 1,500 Bay Area and Delta wine lovers will always remember 10/10/10, when picture perfect clear blue skies, the sonic booms of Blue Angels, and 45 of Lodi’s best wineries talked their walk while marching out their incredibly rich, fine and varied wines on Treasure Island during the 2nd Annual Treasure Island WineFest: Lodi Wine on the Water.

Against the spectacular backdrop of the Bay Bridge and the City by the Bay, Lodi’s Guantonio’s as well as Rosso Pizzeria fired up their portable wood ovens and made sweet music with their gourmet pies alla Napolitana; while in the tents Fiscalini Cheese Co., the California Cheese & Butter Association, and Wine Valley Catering served up a few hundreds of pounds of artisanal cheeses to match the vino.

If that weren’t enough, there were boxes of Asian noodles, killer potato salads, sweet Aidells andouille and organic sausages, and coins of Bridge Brands Chocolate to pleasure the palates; while the cool, soothing, rhythmic acoustic jazz of Bill Russell and Carlos Lopez (the latter, someone who also daylights as one of Lodi’s beloved muralists) dulcified the aural and organoleptic senses.  Mais oui, because we can!

Sorry you missed it?  There’s always next year, or… you could start planning to come out to Lodi Wine Country this coming November 13-14, when over 40 Lodi wineries fling open the doors of their cellars and barrel rooms to give visitors a taste of their quiveringly fresh, juicy, just-fermented wines from the 2010 vintage (which most of Lodi’s growers and winemakers are unequivocally calling their best in memory).  This exciting event is called The First Sip: Lodi Wine Weekend (visit; and forgive us for saying, but what wine region does that?

Lodi, of course.  Meanwhile, some stolen scenes from a very, very good time on the water…

View from Treasure Island: perfect October Sunday in the Bay

A couple thousand Lodi Wine Country glasses, ready to go...

Then let the games beguine...

Anyone say cheese?

Culinary color by Wine Country Catering

The ladies of Abundance Vineyards testing the product.

Grape maven: winemaker Susan Ripken

A face of Wine Valley Catering

Sweet sounds of, like, a buena Lodi social club...

But the Bay Area cognoscente definitely came for the wine...



Faces of Lodi: Harney Lane's George and Kathy Mettler, and Jorja (Mettler) Lerner



Outside, a 90 minute aerial show by the...

Blue Angels!


Whooaa, did you see that?

Amazing grace (how sweet...)



Wine & Roses Hotel owners Katherine & Russ Munson with Chef Didier (middle)

Macchia Wines' Tanya McMahan and Lani Holdener

The Lange Twins (Charlene Lange, right) know how to serve it forth

Dude... good times (the guys of

Shannon Harbert (Lodi Winegrape Commission Marketing Coordinator) with m2 winemaker/owner Layne Montgomery

As usual, Lodi Winegrape's Events Coordinator Courtney Storm poured heart and soul into this winefest... bravo!

ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) present and accounted for: Michelle Ellison and Rebecca Robinson (Executive Director, right)

More Lodi beauty and brains: winery co-proprietors Catherine Wetmore (Grands Amis, left) and Liz Bokisch (Bokisch Vineyards)

Plum moment: when in doubt... dance

Plum #2: San Francisco's Lisa Mroz

Lange Twins' webster Joe Lange (left) y amigos


Lodi glamour couple: Alebrijes Bistro's Ruben & Adi Larrazolo

Peltier Station's Gayla Schatz in full green regalia...

These gorgeous Alicante Bouschet grapes from St. Jorge's vineyard were tasted by trade and media at a "What's Cool, What's Hot in Lodi" seminar

Whole lotta tastin' going on...

Killer potato salad...

Zin seminar power panelists: m2's Layne Montgomery, Klinker Brick's Steve Felten and Gnarly Head/Brazin's Bud Bradley

Bud Bradley delivering his tent revival sermon to unrepentent zinners

Post-zin seminar pow-wow...

You cover Petites, I'll do Tempranillo...

San Francisco's Peter Steiner inhales...

Serious fun...



S^, kewl W/E, 6Y G/F, SLAP, E2EG, WINO 4EVA, BC...


Klinker Brick's Old Ghost Zinfandel holds court...

Grands Amis winemaker Roger Nicholas (right)

Lodi's amazing Carlos Lopez

Adios, San Francisco... CU November 13-14 in Lodi for FIRST SIP!


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