The Lodi Life & Times

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Randy Caparoso
January 28, 2016 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi's Michael David Winery named Winery of the Year at 2016 Unified Symposium

Michael David Winery co-owners Michael and David Phillips (image courtesy of John Curley Photography)

And the hits just keep on coming...

There was a surprise announcement this past Wednesday, January 27 at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento: Lodi’s Michael David Winery was named 2016 Winery of the Year.

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Time Posted: Jan 28, 2016 at 8:26 PM
Randy Caparoso
January 20, 2016 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi's 2016 Wine & Chocolate Weekend is upon us!

Wine and chocolate lovers at Oak Farm Vineyards tasting room

OMG, the 19th Annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend is less than a month away: taking place Saturday/Sunday, February 13 + 14, 2016!

If you haven’t partaken of this sweet and savory experience before, here’s the scoop: this is easily the most popular passport-style event put on by Lodi’s wineries each year; for a number of good reasons, including... 

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Time Posted: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:00 AM
Randy Caparoso
January 18, 2016 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi's 2016 Gold-or-higher winners at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

Key components of the multi-award winning Michael David Winery team: Vineyard Manager Kevin Phillips and Winemaker Adam Mettler (image courtesy of The Sommelier Files by Christopher Sawyer)

Continuing a recent trend at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – the largest judging of American wines in the world – the Lodi wine region held its own in several categories.

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Time Posted: Jan 18, 2016 at 3:38 PM
Randy Caparoso
January 11, 2016 | Randy Caparoso

Interview - Michael David's David Phillips talks about what's been good for Lodi

David Phillips (far left) entertaining visiting restaurant sommeliers at Michael David Winery this past September (image courtesy of John Curley Photography)

David Phillips – who co-owns Michael David Winery, as President, along with his older brother Michael (CEO) – is feeling good about the prospects of not only the family business, but also the Lodi winegrowing region and community in general.

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Time Posted: Jan 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Randy Caparoso
January 6, 2016 | Randy Caparoso

Predicting what we'll be predictably drinking in 2016

At the crack of a September 2015 dawn, visiting sommeliers helping to pick Zinfandel from 73-year-old vines in Mohr-Fry Ranch (image courtesy of John Curley Photography)

It’s early January 2016, and we’ve already been assaulted by... the usual yearly onslaught of wine media “predictions” for the New Year.

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Time Posted: Jan 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM