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 24, 2017 | Randy Caparoso

Challenges and surprises in "Lodi vs. world" blind tasting

Blind tasting in Lodi's Wine & Roses Hotel Ballroom

How do Lodi wines compare to the best in the world?

That was the question put forth to an audience of 60 wine lovers – nearly half of them, Lodi wine professionals (winemakers, owners, winery managers, et al.), plus consumers – this past Friday, May 19 in a blind tasting comparing 8 Lodi wines with 8 similar wines from France, Spain, South Africa and Sonoma County. This was extra-curricular event taking place during 2017’s Lodi ZinFest weekend at Lodi's resplendent Wine & Roses Hotel & Spa....

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Randy Caparoso
May 22, 2017 | Randy Caparoso

Images and memories of Lodi's 2017 ZinFest

Oak Farm Vineyards owner Dan Panella at Vintners Grille with Lodi style bone dry rosé

Over 5,000 wine lovers cannot be wrong! That's how many gathered in Lodi wine country this past weekend to enjoy a Friday Vintners Grille, where they were able to rub shoulders and boogie under the stars with Lodi growers and winemakers, as well as the big, annual Saturday ZinFest Wine Festival bash...

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Time Posted: May 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM Permalink to Images and memories of Lodi's 2017 ZinFest Permalink
Randy Caparoso
May 15, 2017 | Randy Caparoso

How to taste wine at Lodi ZinFest

Tasting wine at ZinFest Wine School

How to taste wine (without the gobbleygook)

Ready to get into the Lodi ZinFest swing of things?

Tasting wine is not as complicated as you think. It is, in fact, just like tasting food, except it involves a liquid in a glass, and getting accustomed to a five-part process involving

• Seeing
• Swirling
• Smelling
• Sipping
• Spitting

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Time Posted: May 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM Permalink to How to taste wine at Lodi ZinFest Permalink
Randy Caparoso
May 8, 2017 | Randy Caparoso

How ZinFest makes a merry merry month out of May

When strolling through the park one day... in the merry merry month of May ...- Ed Haley (The Fountain In the Park)

Lodi’s yearly ZinFest comes up in two weekends (May 19-20, 2017)!

Besides the fact that it happens during the merry month of May (or, as the old English poem goes... so frolic, so gay, and so green, so green!), there are several great reasons why you should be there...

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Time Posted: May 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM Permalink to How ZinFest makes a merry merry month out of May Permalink
Randy Caparoso
May 2, 2017 | Randy Caparoso

Springtime Lodi wine and food adventures at Wine & Roses

Spring Wine & Food Class in the Wine & Roses Hotel Ballroom

On this page we welcome guest blogger Robin Black, who pens Wine-Stained Lens when not plying her trade as a professional photographer (visit Robin Black Photography). Robin reports on a Lodi wine and food class that took place this past April, led (as it were) by our regular author Randy Caparoso.

Robin Black

Take it away, Robin!

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Time Posted: May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM Permalink to Springtime Lodi wine and food adventures at Wine & Roses Permalink

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