The Lodi 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
January 31, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Acclaimed Mikami Zinfandel is culmination of 100 years of undaunted Lodi farming

Part of Lodi's pioneering history: three generations of Mikamis

One of the finest Zinfandels made in California today is one that even the most devoted Zinfandel lovers never heard of:  made by Mikami Vineyards, sourced from a 15-acre vineyard owned by Jason Mikami, located on the west side of Lodi’s historic Mokelumne River AVA.

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Time Posted: Jan 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 28, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

8 romantic things to do in Lodi, and February hotel specials

Romance always in the air (and wine) at Wine & Roses Hotel

Being in Lodi Wine Country  is always romantic enough.  The folks at Lodi’s luxurious, four-star Wine & Roses Hotel would tell you that – if you happen to walk in with someone you’re just dating, there’s a high percentage chance that you’ll walk out engaged or significantly more committed.  In Lodi, love is in the air, or is it the water or wine?

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Time Posted: Jan 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 24, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

An insider’s guide to Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend

True lovers of wine, food and life:  Lodi’s 16th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend is just around the corner; taking place February 9 & 10, 2013 (both days, 11 AM-4 PM), when over 40 of Lodi Wine Country wineries roll out the Valentine’s-red carpets to their doors to show off their richest, juiciest wines with decadent chocolates and other delectables, lots of live music, direct-from-barrel tastings, art exhibits, professional photo portraits, and more…

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Time Posted: Jan 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 22, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Smallest Lodi wineries earn biggest awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Jason Mikami, in his Mikami Vineyards, garnered a "Best of Class" for his Zinfandel

Out of thousands upon thousands of other wines, one little Lodi winery received one of only six “Sweepstake” awards given out by 2013 San Francisco Wine Competition; an honor voted on by some of the most discriminating wine judges in the world.

Ron Justice, the man-Friday who does much of the work at the Sorelle Winery estate, located at an historic site (the Dodge House, built in 1866) at the south end of the Lodi AVA, says “we were as surprised as anyone to hear that our 2011 Sangiovese Rosato won a Sweepstake award at the San Francisco Chronicle competition, but we’ll take it!”

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Time Posted: Jan 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 16, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Culinary orgy of Lodi wines & chocolate dishes in San Francisco’s Naked Kitchen

Chef Joshua Oakley in Naked Kitchen (with Chef Ben Robert)

Lodi Wine Country’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend (our 16th Annual!) is nigh upon us, this coming February 9 & 10, 2013!

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Time Posted: Jan 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 9, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Turley’s Passalacqua to pay tribute to classic Lodi Zinfandels at 2013 ZAP Festival

Tegan Passalacqua in his newly acquired Kirschenmann Vineyard

This past December, Tegan Passalacqua – the winemaker/vineyard manager of the prestigious Turley Wine Cellars (a Napa Valley based Zinfandel specialist, also sourcing several wines from Lodi) – took an afternoon to talk and walk through the Lodi vineyards he will be highlighting in a special tasting taking place in San Francisco this coming February 1, 2013, as part of the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) yearly celebration of the Zinfandel grape.

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Time Posted: Jan 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 2, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Hux’s Roussanne & Mourvèdre recall the pioneering spirit of Rhone Rangers

Hux Vineyards' Barbara Huecksteadt among her Roussanne vines

The adventurous spirit of California’s Rhône Rangers, an unofficial movement that began to spark just over 30 years ago, still lives on here and there, seemingly everywhere you look:  particularly at Hux Vineyards, one of Lodi’s little-wineries-that-could.

The 3.5-acre Hux Vineyards, established just south of the town of Lodi by Dave and Barbara Huecksteadt some 15 years ago, consists of only a couple rows each of a surprising variety of grapes, primarily of Mediterranean origin:  Roussanne and Grenache Blanc among the white wine grapes; and among the reds, Mourvèdre, Souzão, Tempranillo, Teroldego, a little bit of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, and the extremely rare, virtually unheard-of Marzemino (see past blogpost, Many wines other than Zinfandel at 2012 ZinFest).

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Time Posted: Jan 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM