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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
 
May 28, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Klinker Brick’s serendipitous rosé, surprising Syrah, and uncommon Dolcetto

Klinker Brick’s Joseph Smith, thiefing Dolcetto barrels this past February

Klinker Brick’s Joseph Smith, thiefing Dolcetto barrels this past February

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAD IT RIGHT

Summer is three weeks away (June 21, 2014); but lately, it sure has felt like it has already arrived.

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Time Posted: May 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 23, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

A tribute to a family patriarch: Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa

Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Petite Sirah (40%) sourced completely from the 40-acre Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers – Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo.

Despite the Don Victor's swarthy masculinity, there is also a sweet note of blueberryish fruit singing the wine's sun bronzed Lodi origin, while mildly smoky, vanillin French oak adds a brush of elegance – think of a smiling, raggedy haired Viggo Mortensen in a velvet jacket, right about to break some ankles.

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Time Posted: May 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 20, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Photo memories: ZinFest is more than about wine, it’s about the people of Lodi

Lodi ZinFesters pouring into Lodi Lake Park

Lodi ZinFesters pouring into Lodi Lake Park

Who comes to Lodi for its annual ZinFest? At least 4,000 devotees of Delta grown grapes each year.

To be more specific, Lodi wine lovers coming from as far away as Florida, Texas, New York and Colorado; plus, in 2014, exactly 38 of them from Vancouver, Canada…

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Time Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 15, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Da’ music and green, green grass of Lodi ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

At ZinFest Wine Festival, Lodi grown wines set the stage, the towering weeping willows and ancient valley oaks make the scene, and the green, green grass of Lodi Lake Park makes for a one, giant, lush, pillowy carpet for your feet, which you always find movin’ with the groovin’ of the music that fills the air.

Here’s what will be happening this coming Saturday at 2014′s really-big-show...

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Time Posted: May 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 13, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar is a cozy corner for wine lovers

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar

Downtown Lodi’s Wine Social wine bar

Wine tasting is fun; and good wine, sipped in healthy moderation, stimulates both mind and body. And so naturally, good wines also perk conversation, ushering moments of eloquence or, at the very least, some semblance of sanity in our lives – just the thing to unwind, tune in, and drop out, if only for a few glorious minutes.

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Time Posted: May 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 8, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Grape Goddess, the perfect salad for Zinfandel, and bevy of new stuff at Lodi ZinFest!

Chef Tony Lawrence (right, with St. Amant’s Stuart Spencer) will demonstrate his amazingly Zinfandel-friendly “chocolate salad” at this year’s ZinFest

Chef Tony Lawrence (right, with St. Amant’s Stuart Spencer) will demonstrate his amazingly Zinfandel-friendly “chocolate salad” at this year’s ZinFest

The 2014 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival, taking place next week Saturday, May 17, will be funner and more educational than ever!

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Time Posted: May 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Randy Caparoso
 
May 1, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Swirl, sniff, sip, spit, then shop hard-to-get wines at the ZinFest Wine Festival

ZinFest wine maven

ZinFest wine maven

The ZinFest Wine Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014 will be an opportunity to taste over 200 wines representing the incredible diversity of winegrowing going on in the Lodi American Viticultural Area.

We mean that figuratively, of course. Please don't taste all 200+ wines – we don't want to carry you out on a stretcher.

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