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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.
2015 Lodi ZinFest – more fun than a barrel of floating winemakers!
Where does the time go? Don’t look now, but the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival is just 30 days away — happening this coming Saturday, May 16 (12-5 PM)!
Simply put, Lodi wine doesn’t get any funner than this yearly affair, taking place in the gorgeously lush “island” setting of Lodi Lake Park, amidst giant ancient weeping willows bowing beside blue refreshing waters of the Mokelumne River. Also as in previous years, over 40 of Lodi’s finest artisanal wineries will be pouring over 200 different Lodi grown wines — and not just Zinfandel!Continue »
White Zinfandel is back, and better (when seriously dry) than ever!
The crying of Lot 13
Don't look now, but White Zinfandel may be back, and better than ever!Continue »
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 3) – Grapes, ungrafted vines, rags to riches
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The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 2) – winemakers talk dirty
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)
Boundaries, heart and soul
The Mokelumne River AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of the seven sub-appellations located within the larger Lodi AVA established in August 2006 by the TTB (the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Tax and Trade Bureau).Continue »
Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel
In our previous post (Is Zinfandel breaking out?) we cited a number of wine industry professionals who truly believe that Zinfandel can be made in more restrained, elegant styles – not unlike the finest Pinot Noirs or Burgundies – and that, in fact, we are beginning to see a paradigm shift towards that direction.
What are some of the more elegant styles of Zinfandel coming out of the Lodi Viticultural Area today?Continue »
Is Zinfandel breaking out, or just a case of measles?
This past January 28-31, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) held its 24th full-scale "Experience" in San Francisco's Presidio, with the theme: Zinfandel is a rising star… reach out and grab it.
Zinfandel, of course, has always been a longtime star in the varietal market. In fact, Zinfandel's dominance in California vineyards dates back well nigh into the 1850s. So what exactly does ZAP mean with the implication that Zinfandel is still "rising?"Continue »
The expansion and controversial division of the Lodi Viticultural Area
Continuation of a Part 1: The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area
In 1991, some 600 Lodi AVA growers came together to form the self-mandated Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission (now called the Lodi Winegrape Commission) for the purpose of regional promotion, education and viticultural research. This would be a momentous development, playing a crucial role in Lodi’s current status as a winegrowing region of note.Continue »
The origins of the Lodi Viticultural Area
The ATF received a petition for a Lodi AVA from a group called the Lodi District Vintners Association in August 1982, which went through an approval process lasting nearly four years before finally being granted in February 1986.
What is an American Viticultural Area – commonly abbreviated as AVA – and why should you care?
There are many types of wines grown and produced around the world. The vast majority of commercial wines are, in fact, made by brands or producers endeavoring to put out products that are of a consistent quality and affordably priced.Continue »
Borra is releasing an intriguing Lodi Vermentino
Among the many alternative white wine grapes cultivated in Lodi in recent years, Vermentino might hold the most intriguing promise.Continue »