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
February 28, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Neyers Vista Luna Zinfandel perfectly suits contemporary tastes

When certain vintners speak, many others are listening.  Bruce Neyers, who has owned the acclaimed Napa Valley based Neyers Vineyards (tucked into Conn Valley, in the eastern mountains surrounding the shimmering Lake Hennessey) since 1992, has recently been spreading the word to his legions of wine savvy followers, in every state from Hawai`i to New York:  there is Zinfandel unlike any other being grown in Lodi’s eastern hills.

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Time Posted: Feb 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Randy Caparoso
February 21, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi icon leaves legacy of uncompromised quality & character

September 2012: George Mettler & cork tree at Harney Lane Winery

Hundreds of related family, friends and colleagues gathered at Vinewood Community Church and Harney Lane Winery today to remember and celebrate the life of George Mettler (born March 14, 1943), who passed away this past February 15, 2013 (please see our September 2013 post, the patriarch of Harney Lane).

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Time Posted: Feb 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Randy Caparoso
February 19, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Estate Crush’s gold medal winning wines signal shift towards restrained wines

Estate Crush, Lodi's own custom urban winery...

Getting a gold medal at each January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a big deal because it has been involving over 5,500 wines submitted from more than 25 states; making this easily the largest single judging of American wines in the world.  Also because the Bay Area wine professionals doing the judging are among the best in the world.

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Time Posted: Feb 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Randy Caparoso
February 13, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

A Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend one couple will never forget...

Lodi wine & chocolate lovers at Macchia Wines...

Some 5,000 Lodi wine lovers flocked to Lodi Wine Country during this past February 9-10’s Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend.

Among those thousands was Carrie Fleming of Stockton, who was enjoying her third consecutive Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend.  To Miss Fleming, the combination of Lodi wines, chocolates, and the company of her longtime boyfriend, Dustin Winkler, has always been so special, she has been making a collage each year:  having a picture of the two of them taken in front of each winery, then making a map of the Lodi wine region with the photos marking the spot of every place they visit.

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Time Posted: Feb 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Randy Caparoso
February 7, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Somms, truffles & epicurians: ZAP & Zinfandels have come a long way, baby

Ellen Landis CS, CSW pours at LoCA table during ZAP's Grand Tasting

Another ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Grand Tasting has come and gone, this past February 2, 2013 in San Francisco.

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Time Posted: Feb 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Randy Caparoso
February 5, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Four Lodi tasting rooms making their Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend debut

Alebrijes' Ruben Larrazolo and Vinedos Aurora's Gerardo Espinosa teaming up to debut their Pamplona Tapas during Wine & Chocolate Weekend

If you’ve celebrated Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend with us before, you might be especially interested in some brand new venues in which to indulge and pamper your senses, this coming February 9 & 10:

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Time Posted: Feb 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM