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.

Randy Caparoso
April 26, 2012 | 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...

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Time Posted: Apr 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM Permalink to Celebrate Lodi spring with 2011s & 50 salads at Wine & Roses Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 24, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

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…

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Time Posted: Apr 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM Permalink to Exotic wines, lush Delta & words from the Grape Goddess at 2012 ZinFest Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 20, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

How Lodi caused Odisea’s “Temporary Insanity”

Odisea's Adam Webb with Jean Rauser, in her 103 year old Lodi Carigane vineyard

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...

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Time Posted: Apr 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM Permalink to How Lodi caused Odisea’s “Temporary Insanity” Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 17, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

LangeTwins’ SLEWS project: waking up to smell the mugwort

Mature oaks beside LangeTwins' old Zinfandel plantings along Mokelumne River

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 SLEWSCenter 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...

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Time Posted: Apr 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM Permalink to LangeTwins’ SLEWS project: waking up to smell the mugwort Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 12, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Fields Family’s latest midnight smokin’ wines

Fields Family Wines' Ryan Sherman

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...

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Time Posted: Apr 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM Permalink to Fields Family’s latest midnight smokin’ wines Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 10, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

At bucolic Heritage Oak: the birdmen of Lodi

David Yee, talking about the secret life of the Western Bluebird

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...

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Time Posted: Apr 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM Permalink to At bucolic Heritage Oak: the birdmen of Lodi Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 5, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Agave sangria & exciting new wines debuted at Lodi Spring Wine Show

"Wine 101" 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...

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Time Posted: Apr 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM Permalink to Agave sangria & exciting new wines debuted at Lodi Spring Wine Show Permalink
Randy Caparoso
April 3, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Rules contributes to the earth, industry and community

Solar panels supplying all the power needed by Vino Farms' Grand Vin Lands vineyard

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...

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Time Posted: Apr 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM Permalink to Lodi Rules contributes to the earth, industry and community Permalink

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