Letters from Lodi
An insightful and objective look at viticulture and winemaking from the Lodi
Appellation and the growers and vintners behind these crafts. Told from the
perspective of multi-award winning wine journalist, Randy Caparoso.
Celebrate Lodi spring with 2011s & 50 salads at Wine & Roses
This Sunday, April 29, 2012, Wine & Roses – Lodi’s premier hotel, restaurant and spa destination – will host its first annual Spring of The Vine. Or as Wine & Roses’ French born Chef Didier Gerbi puts it, Le Printemps des Vins...Continue »
Exotic wines, lush Delta & words from the Grape Goddess at 2012 ZinFest
Why have more and more wine lovers been flocking to Lodi’s ZinFest Wine Festival, a yearly celebration taking place this year on Saturday, May 19, 2012 (12-5 PM)? More than 6,000 attended last year’s festival, yet amazingly…Continue »
How Lodi caused Odisea’s “Temporary Insanity”
I fought against the bottle
But I had to do it drunk…
- Leonard Cohen (That Don’t Make It Junk)
The 2009 Odisea California Temporary Insanity ($30) is a perfect example of how some of California’s most original, and quixotic, wine producers get hooked on Lodi; and why winemakers consider this American Viticultural Area increasingly where it’s at when it comes to winegrowing derring-do...Continue »
LangeTwins’ SLEWS project: waking up to smell the mugwort
LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards has been among the Lodi AVA’s leaders in Lodi Rules certified sustainable winegrowing. During the past eight years they have also devoted some 10 acres north of their winery on E. Jahant Rd., plus another 10 acres on their Sandpoint property along the Mokelumne River, to habitat restoration projects in association with SLEWS – Center for Land-Based Learning‘s Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program –which engages local high school students in the winery’s conservation efforts...Continue »
Fields Family’s latest midnight smokin’ wines
But to live outside the law, you must be honest…
- Bob Dylan (Absolutely Sweet Marie)
Lodi’s Fields Family Wines has released what might be considered the region’s first Super Tuscan style wine: the 2010 Fields Family Lodi Il Ladro ($25).
Why il ladro – Italian for “the thief”? The story goes back some six, seven years ago, when co-proprietor/winemaker Russ Fields was just getting into winemaking as an avid amateur. As part of his self-training, Fields used to “liberate” tiny bits of fruit that had gone unpicked (hence, tragically wasted) in neighboring vineyards in somewhat surreptitious fashion. There have been worse things – like ex-presidents’ partying, or ones who lust or never inhale...Continue »
At bucolic Heritage Oak: the birdmen of Lodi
The vineyards belonging to Heritage Oak Winery are tucked atop a particularly bucolic bend of Mokelumne River, just east of the town of Lodi. Out of Heritage Oak’s 186 acres, 105 is devoted to wine grapes, and the rest to fauna and flora: a beautiful convergence of riparian woodlands and vines, teeming with life — circumstances developed by design as much as by natural extension...Continue »
Agave sangria & exciting new wines debuted at Lodi Spring Wine Show
These are the good old days…
- Carly Simon (Anticipation)
At an event that is called Lodi Spring Wine Show, which took place on Lodi Grape Festival grounds this past weekend (March 30-31), you would hope and pray for wines that taste of spring: growth and renewal, hope and light, freshness and flowers, love in the air, palpitations in our glass.
As seasonal serendipity would have it, we got that, thanks to a number of Lodi wine producers (there were 40 total pouring their wares) showing off some of their latest releases, as well as wines which are still a few weeks away from being officially released for sale. On one hand, it’s frustrating to taste a captivating wine that you cannot yet buy; but on the other, it’s so much fun to taste something that whets your appetite for things to come...Continue »
Lodi Rules contributes to the earth, industry and community
Inspired by Earth Day coming up on April 22, the state of California has designated April 2012 as “Down to Earth Month,” encouraging everyone to embrace earth-friendly California wines made with winegrowing and winemaking practices specifically defined by principles of sustainability.
For over twenty years the Lodi American Viticultural Area has been a leader in earth-friendly practices; its crowning achievement being the formation of Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing: California’s first ever peer-reviewed and third party certified sustainable winegrowing program; first developed in 1992, and officially launched in 2005...Continue »