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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
 
July 30, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Old vine, old time Six Hands Chenin Blanc from Cresci Vineyard

Six Hands’ desert dry Chenin Blanc with rocks from Cresci Vineyard

Six Hands’ desert dry Chenin Blanc with rocks from Cresci Vineyard

Six Hands Winery has just released a 2013 Six Hands Cresci Vineyard Lodi Chenin Blanc ($16) that is as dry as a desert, yet gushy in varietal perfumes of wild honey, green melon, white flowers and underlying minerality.

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Randy Caparoso
 
July 22, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Barbecue & wine: Van Ruiten Family’s Matt Ridge tests a tried-and-true theory

Richard Berardi smoking up a storm outside his Tin Roof BBQ restaurant

Richard Berardi smoking up a storm outside his Tin Roof BBQ restaurant

At Lodi's Tin Roof BBQ it's all about barbecue. Gloriously meaty, outdoor-smoky, not-too-fatty and not-too-sweetie barbecue, which is exactly the way that owner/chef Richard Berardi likes it.

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Randy Caparoso
 
July 15, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

John Fogerty never slept here (101 grapes & other lesser known facts about Lodi)

“Lodi” was also on Creedance Clearwater Revival’s 1969 Green River album

“Lodi” was also on Creedance Clearwater Revival’s 1969 Green River album

Oh, lord…

Although it was the "B" side of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 single record, "Bad Moon Rising" (which peaked at No. 52 on the Top 100 singles charts), in many ways the song "Lodi" has endured as one of the group's catchiest, most memorable tunes – its story line (being "stuck" in a nowheresville town), one that almost anyone can identify with.

But it was never a true story...

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Randy Caparoso
 
July 11, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Michael David’s commitments lead to top honors at California State Fair

Michael David GM/head winemaker Adam Mettler in his Clements barrel facility

Michael David GM/head winemaker Adam Mettler in his Clements barrel facility

This past June 14, 2014, when the California State Fair announced the top awards resulting from its famously rigorous wine judging taking place in Sacramento each year, one Lodi winery loomed significantly among the winners: Lodi's Michael David Winery.

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Randy Caparoso
 
July 7, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Brave new grapes and winemakers discovering Lodi’s Mokelumne Glen

Michael David GM/head winemaker Adam Mettler in his Clements barrel facility

Mokelumne Glen Vineyards’ Brett and Bob Koth at gathering of their winemakers last May

Who'd have thunk? That a planting by a retired Lodi schoolteacher and longtime home winemaker would become the largest, most serious collection (over 40 cultivars!) of German and Austrian grapes in the U.S.

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Contact

Lodi Wine Visitor Center
2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242
209.365.0621
Open: Thursday - Monday 10:00am-5:00pm

Lodi Winegrape Commission
2545 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242
209.367.4727
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