Shenandoah Valley wineries and Gold Rush history make Amador County a “must visit”

Where, in about 10 square miles, can you discover fine wines, dining, cooler temperatures, beautiful scenery and Gold Rush history? It's the Shenandoah Valley and Amador County wineries, just 55 miles to the northeast of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Following gold's discovery in 1848 in nearby Coloma, new mining communities »»Read Full Post

Harney Lane cab proves again what's possible in Lodi

Kyle Lerner isn’t about to release Harney Lane’s first estate cabernet sauvignon solely to satisfy consumers, though that’s part of the reason. He’s out to prove a point. “We are not just that one-pony show here, that one varietal show that we’re known for,” said Lerner, a longtime wine grape »»Read Full Post

Third City's latest podcast

  Third City Coalition, a group of Stocktonians interested in the community part of community redevelopment, has released its second podcast. This episode, "Building Together," "seeks to uncover challenges faced by Third Cities when trying to build consensus among a diverse group of stakeholders," te blurb says. "From the recent »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge: Hot fun in the summertime

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “summertime.” In my job, we call this time of year the “summer doldrums.” Assignments involving school activities and sports are minimal and photos of people out and about can be harder to find because many are out of town on vacation or holed »»Read Full Post

Tunnels and standards: Enough water for both?

The length of Sunday's story on the state's track record complying with Delta water quality standards forced me to leave a lot of material on the cutting room floor. Including comments from Craig Wilson, the former Delta "Watermaster" who, until his retirement in 2014, worked for the same state water »»Read Full Post

UC Merced could serve 10,000 students by 2020

The University of California Board of Regents approved the growth plan for UC Merced’s design and financing, along with revisions to the project’s budget and scope • The growth will allow UC Merced to serve more of California’s most talented students, many of whom are from underserved populations • Construction »»Read Full Post

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 27-32

This is serious territory. As we enter the middle of my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown, we reach players who more and more likely will be on The Record's All-Area lists as the season ends in December. So enjoy, with these representatives from St. Mary's, Tokay, Calaveras and Lincoln. My »»Read Full Post

Torlakson, as CA Acting Gov., proclaims "Change Lives - Be a Teacher Day"

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as his first official act as Acting Governor of California, issued a proclamation on Tuesday declaring “Change Lives – Be a Teacher Day.” While Gov. Jerry Brown, Liet. Gov. Gavin Newsom and most of the other statewide constitutional office holders are currently in »»Read Full Post

An up-close look at pollen (achoo!)

For many people, pollen is the “p-word”. . . as in, “PLEASE, don’t say that word!” The mere mention of pollen can conjure up runny noses, watery and itchy eyes, and looks of desperation from those with hay fever. Here in the fertile, crop-rich San Joaquin Valley, it’s often said »»Read Full Post

Entertaining emails a witty hit for them

Frankie & Annette, the Stockton singing-guitar playing duo of Kevin Hogan and Annette Taser, also like entertaining email messages when they perform. Today, they're at Stockton's Mile Wine Company at 7 p.m. Here’s today’s engaging epistle: “Well, you can stay home tonight and watch Don Trump accept the nomination of »»Read Full Post