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
May 30, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

LangeTwins Sauvignon “Musque,” the perfect summer refreshment

Tiny beads of recently LangeTwins Sauvignon Musque

Summer officially arrives in three scant weeks (June 20, 2012).  What will you be drinking?

In a region fast becoming known for its variety, from Albariño to Vermentino, there is one Lodi grown wine that has become the dependable mainstay for its exceptional quality – purely as a wine, and also for its palate soothing taste – as well as reliably great price:  the Sauvignon Blanc cultivated by fourth and fifth generation Lodi growers, the Lange family...

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Randy Caparoso
May 29, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Phillips Farms hosts star winemakers & press at historic Bechthold Vineyard tribute

Backhoed hole showing deep sandy loam beneath ancient Bechthold vines

Last week Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Phillips Farms, the agricultural arm of Michael-David Winery, hosted a gathering of eight other stellar winemakers and ten influential wine journalists in a vineyard walk and tasting of wines from Lodi’s oldest – and perhaps, most revered – vineyard:  the Bechthold Vineyard...

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Randy Caparoso
May 21, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Photo-reminiscings of 2012 ZinFest & Vintner’s Grille

No wine lovers like Lodi ZinFest wine lovers!

We’ll go dancing in the dark
Walking through the park and reminiscing…
- Little River Band

Enthusiasm was brimming during Lodi’s 2012 ZinFest, taking place under the gargantuan Weeping Willow trees of Lodi Lake Park...

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Randy Caparoso
May 16, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Many wines other than Zinfandel at 2012 Lodi ZinFest

Barbara Huecksteadt picking her Hux Marzemino

Lodi crushes about 40% of California’s entire crop of Zinfandel each and every year, and there are more pre-1960 plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel (mostly, still growing on their own rootstocks!) in the Lodi AVA than anywhere else in the state.

Therefore, Lodi Wine Country’s biggest, yearly spring celebration in Lodi Lake Park is called ZinFest, but make no mistake:  ZinFesters will be able to taste many more wines other than Zinfandel at this year’s ZinFest...

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Randy Caparoso
May 15, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Musical zinsations at the 2012 Lodi ZinFest

Snap Jackson (right) will get your feet tapping in a hurry at the 2012 Lodi ZinFest

It’s all about the lush, juicy wines, good eats, the incredible greens and blues of Lodi Lake Park, and last but not least, the music at the 2012 ZinFest that will add up to memorably fine event in Lodi Wine Country this coming Saturday, May 19.

Start with Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, a mesmerizingly fun, toe tapping, hand clapping, high energy acoustic trio from Stockton.  This three man hurricane will be walking around the Lodi Lake Park grounds, zapping ZinFesters with their roux of Americana, Bluegrass, Soul, & Old Time...

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Randy Caparoso
May 10, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Rous Vineyard’s immaculate perfection, with help from St. George

Craig Rous with his 103 year old zin vines

One of Lodi’s most highly regarded Zinfandel growths over the past dozen or so years has been the 10 acre vineyard owned and meticulously farmed by Craig Rous.  Rous Vineyard is located in the heart of the “eastside” of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA – a level pocket of some 30 feet of porous sandy loam soil, built up by millenniums of overflow from this major waterway, pushing down from the Sierra Nevadas – and Mr. Rous himself holds the position of Director of Operations & Planning of the Kautz family’s Bear Creek Winery...

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Randy Caparoso
May 7, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

The chefs’ slate at 2012 ZinFest Cooking School


It’s all about foods we love to eat with Lodi’s lush, juicy wines under the 2012 ZinFest Cooking School tent this coming May 19 in Lodi Lake Park.

The Cooking School will start off at 1 PM with Chef Fabrice Dubuc of Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa – which has been rated among the Top 10 Most Romantic Inns by American Historic Inns – who will be demonstrating the pissaladiere of his native Southern France...

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Randy Caparoso
May 3, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Ironstone’s astounding Petite Sirah from little known Sloughhouse appellation

Ironstone's Sloughhouse AVA Petite Sirah vineyard

Of the seven sub-appellations – officially called American Viticultural Areas (i.e. AVAs) – within the greater Lodi AVA, the Sloughhouse AVA (officially recognized in 2006) is among the least known, despite its incredible potential...

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Randy Caparoso
May 1, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Experience terroir, the cutting-edge, chocolates & cheese at ZinFest Wine School

ZinFest wine lovers enjoying their day in Lodi Lake Park

There will be some fascinating 30 minute seminars offered at the 2012 Lodi ZinFest, taking place underneath the Wine School tent.  You can...

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