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
July 30, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel so unique

Note the small berried tiny clusters on the +100-year old Noma Ranch Zinfandel, growing on its own natural roots in the porous beach sand-like soils of Lodi/Mokelumne River’s east side

So you think you know Lodi Zinfandel?  If you are ready to get your geek on, let’s delve into the six major reasons why Lodi grown Zinfandels are the way they are:  so compellingly lush, round, gentle, bright, and often distinctly earthy…

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Time Posted: Jul 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Randy Caparoso
July 23, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

Tasting room at Acquiesce Winery

So far in 2013 a number of winery releases have come out that are just begging to be cobbled together in one group.  We’ll call them exactly what they seem to us:  The 10 most interesting wines in Lodi.

We’re not saying the “10 best,” mind you.  “Best” is always subjective, and anyone would be totally correct to say that any list of Lodi’s “best” would probably be dominated by Zinfandels produced by Harney Lane, St. Amant, Macchia, or any number of Lodi’s heralded, artisanal producers.  Zinfandel, after all, is the most natural wine grape to grow in Lodi’s Mediterranean climate – it loves the warm yet moderated weather, and it loves the deep, rich yet well drained sandy loam soils – which is why Lodi grows more Zinfandel than any other wine region in California.

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Time Posted: Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Randy Caparoso
July 17, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

The most spectacular time of year: veraison 2013 in Lodi

Classic shot-berry Zinfandel at veraison (Mencarini Vineyards, west-side, Mokelumne River AVA

During the past two weeks Lodi Wine Country has been in the midst of véraison:  the originally French viticultural term which translates into “onset of ripening.”

What is happening before our eyes?  Berries in grapes destined to produce red wines are beginning to don their mid-season apparel – brilliant, beautiful shades of red, violet and blue – as the green colored chlorophyll in their skins start to break down.  It is a spectacular time of year.  Berries destined to produce white wines begin to form carotenoids; while in red wine varieties, anthocyanins, xanthophylls, flavonoids, volatile compounds, and phenolic compounds – building blocks crucial to red wine flavors – begin their beguine… the dance to the relentless rhythms of summer and fall.

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Time Posted: Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Randy Caparoso
July 5, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Forlorn Hope produces stunning Lodi grown “orange” wine

What do you think of orange wines?  Even longtime wine lovers and “experts” get thrown for a loop the first time they are asked that question.  The first thing you think, of course, is, “I didn’t know they make wine from oranges.”

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Time Posted: Jul 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Randy Caparoso
July 2, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Why the “R” Grenache, voted “Best Red Wine in Lodi,” may be among California’s finest

This past June the judges at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition voted on 2013’s “Best Red Wine in Lodi”:  the 2012 Jeff Runquist “R” Alta Mesa-Lodi Grenache ($20), sourced from Ron Silva’s Silvaspoons Vineyards.

Has Grenache “arrived?”

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Time Posted: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM