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.
A French style Thanksgiving in Lodi (with Provence style leg of lamb)
How does a French winemaker named Franck Lambert, with his India-born wife Rekha, celebrate Thanksgiving here in Lodi?
Monsieur Lambert was born in Southern France and educated at University of Montpellier (where he attained a Master's degree in winemaking). He has been a quiet but influential part of the Lodi winemaking community over the past 12 years.Continue »
Three reasons why you should open a Lodi Zinfandel on National Zinfandel Day
This coming Wednesday, November 19, 2014 is National Zinfandel Day.
We know, we know: there's a day for everything these days. But National Zinfandel Day holds significance in Lodi because:Continue »
Having a Lodi Thanksgiving
LET YOUR TURKEY BE YOUR THANKSGIVING WINE GUIDE
Is there anything more American than turkey for Thanksgiving, with all the extra delectable accoutrements?Continue »
Michael Klouda’s Stem Theory is unoppressively contrarian
Call the newly released 2013 Michael Klouda (MK) Stem Theory Lodi Cabernet Franc ($26) what you like: confused, contrarian, counter-intuitive, confounding – but you can't call it boring.
It is, in fact, the perfect red wine for wine lovers who like a little bit of wildness, even rawness, in their wine, tingling your nose and scraping your tongue – but in a gentle, unoppressive sort of way. Michael Klouda Wines‘ 2013 Stem Theory does just that: a purplish red wine delivering an array of aromas – fresh raspberry and dried berries mixed with green, leafy/herbal notes – wrapped in a medium body with moderately weighted tannin, coming across as both velvety smooth and a little prickly and, well, a little wild, a tiny bit raw. Like the dashingly dangerous boy that you can take home to mom and dad.Continue »
Lodi’s Coup de Grâce is a red wine blend to end all blends
The expression coup de grâce technically means putting someone out of his or her misery, in a most violent fashion. But here in Lodi, it is now means a gloriously rich and original red wine – a thick, bloody red, if you will.Continue »