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, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

For the love of culinary grapes at TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

ZinFest wine maven

Tapas coming through in Lodi’s Bokisch Vineyards

For the Love of Culinary Grapes

Do you enjoy alternative style wines veering off from the usual heavy handed, ripe or oaky style typical of “California” wine? Then you should seriously consider attending the Grand Wine Tasting sponsored by TAPAS – that is, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society – this Sunday, June 27, 2012 (2-5 PM) in San Francisco’s Goldent Gate Club at The Presidio.

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Randy Caparoso
April 22, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Spring flings by Bokisch – a house built by Albariño, and much more

Bokisch Vineyards' Spring 2014 releases

Bokisch Vineyards’ Spring 2014 releases

"Lodi proves to be perfect for Albariño," is the heading of Bokisch Vineyards' latest blog on their Web site.

"The Albariño grape is originally from the Rías Baixas wine region in Galicia, Spain," they go on to explain; "an area that is characterized by wet, foggy winters and mild summers. Not necessarily an obvious choice for transplanting to Lodi, but it turns out it was a smart choice. Many great wines are being produced from Lodi AVA and its sub-regions. "

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Randy Caparoso
April 17, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Native vintners to introduce their unique Zinfandels at ZinFest Wine School


At the Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival taking place in the pristine riparian setting of Lodi Lake Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lodi wine lovers will have the opportunity to taste and discover for themselves what the fuss is all about concerning the Lodi Native™ Zinfandels, which made their debut at the end of March.

All seven of the vignerons behind the Lodi Native project will present their wines under the ZinFest Wine School tent. The particulars…

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Randy Caparoso
April 14, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Eight years of ZinFest poster’s red haired muse

The first, contemplative appearance of ZinFest artist Vince McIndoe’s red haird muse, in 2007

The first, contemplative appearance of ZinFest artist Vince McIndoe’s red haired muse, in 2007

Lodi ZinFest is celebrating its 10th year in 2014. The beautiful, mysterious "red headed girl" depicted in each year's ZinFest poster is making only her eighth appearance; but now, what would any ZinFest be without her?

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Randy Caparoso
April 10, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton grows more comfortable with her puristic style

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton

Acquiesce Vineyards’ Sue Tipton

This past March 2014 Acquiesce Vineyards opened its tasting room doors once again, after being closed for over four months. Why the down time? For one, it's because their wines – all white wines, except for one rosé, made from estate grown Rhône Valley (i.e. Southern French) grapes – have been selling out within a few months of being released. They're that good.

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Randy Caparoso
April 4, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Wine writers appreciate Lodi grown Zinfandel in unprecedented fashion

Macchia’s Tim Holdener and grower Leland Noma in Lodi Native vineyard, Noma Ranch

Macchia’s Tim Holdener and grower Leland Noma in Lodi Native vineyard, Noma Ranch

The Lodi Native project is making an impact on how the region is perceived from the outside

This past week, two widely read and respected wine bloggers – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, and Fred Swan of – shared thoughts on the unique qualities of Lodi AVA grown Zinfandel in a detailed fashion that can only be described as unprecedented. At least for wine professionals living and working outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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Randy Caparoso
April 2, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

ZinFest Wine School will explore Lodi’s wonderful diversity of wines

Lodi ZinFest 2014

Lodi ZinFest 2014

The Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival has never been just about Zinfandel. It’s always been about the huge variety of wines grown and produced in the Lodi AVA.

At this year’s ZinFest, taking place Saturday, May 17, 2014 (12-5 PM) in Lodi Lake Park, two of California’s leading wine educators and professional wine judges will lead ZinFest Wine School tastings, addressing the amazing array of alternative style wines now being produced by Lodi’s artisanal wineries. Re:

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