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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
 
March 18, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi “Outsiders” joining “Natives” at 2014 ZinFest Wine School

Turley Wine Cellars’ Tegan Passalacqua (standing in his Kirschenmann Vineyard, located on Lodi’s east side) will be on the “Lodi Outsiders” panel as part of 2014′s Lodi ZinFest Wine School

Turley Wine Cellars’ Tegan Passalacqua (standing in his Kirschenmann Vineyard, located on Lodi’s east side) will be on the “Lodi Outsiders” panel as part of 2014′s Lodi ZinFest Wine School

Don't look now, but the annual Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival is nigh upon us; this year, taking place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) at the bucolic Lodi Lake Park.

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Time Posted: Mar 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 12, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Borra Vineyards releases very interesting feminine whites

2013 Mokelumne Glen Vineyard Kerner cluster, going into Borra’s Artist Series white

2013 Mokelumne Glen Vineyard Kerner cluster, going into Borra’s Artist Series white

You might have heard that some crazy, unlikely, yet very in-ter-resting (to quote Arte Johnson) things have been happening in Lodi these past few years.

A lot of this activity has been emanating from one winery: Borra Vineyards, where owner/grower Steve Borra Sr. and winemaker Markus Niggli have been making waves.

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Time Posted: Mar 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 9, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Odisea releases first Lodi grown Verdejo

Lodi’s first Verdejo

Lodi’s first Verdejo

Odisea Wine Company – a small, artisanal winery based in Napa – has produced Lodi's first Verdejo: a 2013 bottled under their Flor de Viña sub-label. The Verdejo grapes were grown in the cobbley clay loam slopes of Bokisch Ranches' Clay Station Vineyard, in Lodi's Borden Ranch AVA. The planting went into the ground in 2011, and these young vines yielded just 2 tons per acre (Bokisch Vineyards also produced a little Verdejo, just recently bottled).

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Time Posted: Mar 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 7, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Winter of 2014′s certain Slant of light

Winter pruning of own-rooted, head trained 53-year old Zinfandel vines on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA

Winter pruning of own-rooted, head trained 53-year old Zinfandel vines on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA

There’s a certain Slant of light, Emily Dickinson famously wrote, describing “Winter.” Don’t we know it, whether or not we can put it into our own words.

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Time Posted: Mar 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
March 3, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

m2′s sleek new winery, producing Lodi wines as unique as ever

m2′s dramatically high ceilinged new tasting room

m2′s dramatically high ceilinged new tasting room

The new m2 Wines winery and tasting room, located at 2900 E. Peltier Rd. (just north of the town of Lodi), is a low slung, rectangular, 6,000 square-feet affair; looking like a gigantic lego brick with a square hole near the middle, plopped down on an open field of flowering mustard (a surrounding vineyard is planned as phase 2), yet every bit as congruous against the Lodi landscape as an Andrew Wyeth house/barn in Maine.

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Time Posted: Mar 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM