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Bob Highfill

Bob Highfill has been with The Record sports department since 1990. He started as a part-time reporter/agate clerk then covered the high school sports beat before taking on the Pacific athletics beat. In 2006, he was named sports editor. Bob was awarded first place for sports writing in 2003 by the Associated Press News Executive Council. He is a Lincoln High and USC graduate and lives in Stockton with his wife, Christiane.

How do Lodi wines stack up?

For wine grape diversity and winemaking talent, Lodi is pretty hard to beat. Thanks to growers and winemakers embracing all that this region has to offer, Lodi is the most diverse wine growing region in the state. Though Zinfandel still is king, some 100 other wine grape varieties are planted on a total of more [...]

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Barefoot marketing genius says Lodi’s the “un-Napa”

Mike McCay took the microphone and opened the first official meeting of the Lodi Association of Wineries last Thursday at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds. In his opening remarks, McCay mentioned how pleased he was with the range of Lodi winery owners and winemakers in the audience. “We have young Lodi, medium Lodi and experienced [...]

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The Ladies of the Lodi Wine Scene

Several years ago, Susan Tipton celebrated Mother’s Day with guests at her Acampo winery, Acquiesce, in a special way. She hired an actress who impersonates Julia Child. The actress spoke in character, for the most part, about Child’s life in Paris. The performance was so convincing, a woman in the audience approached the actress believing she actually was [...]

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Chenin Blanc is Clarksburg’s calling card

Chenin Blanc is a light-bodied, dry white wine that’s perfect in the spring and summer. Chenin Blanc goes well with sushi, Mediterranean cuisine and hearty fare like veal. The variety is widely planted in South Africa and the Loire Valley in France, and even has found its place in California. Chenin Blanc is the primary [...]

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Lodi building food and wine culture

Some exciting news on the food and wine front was released recently. Lodi’s Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa has secured the services of celebrated chef Bradley Ogden, who will work with executive chef John Hitchcock to oversee all culinary aspects of the property, including the Towne House Restaurant and Lounge. Ogden had been [...]

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Newcomer Klouda brings a fresh perspective

Michael Klouda is a newcomer to the Lodi wine scene. But he’s become enamored with Lodi’s glorious past and believes it must survive. The gnarly, single-head trained zinfandel vines, some dating to the 1800s that are synonymous with Lodi, are disappearing, perhaps not in alarming numbers but enough so that Klouda is concerned. “It’s going away [...]

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Lodi’s growers live by their own rules

LODI — Many industries await calamity before adopting altruistic processes to achieve long-term success. Not Lodi’s wine grape growers. In 2006, some of the 750 growers in the Lodi American Viticultural Area adopted California’s first sustainable viticulture program, the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing. And it’s not a fuzzy, feel-good joke of a program. To be certified, a grower must [...]

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Everything old is new again

LODI – A new wine brand is in the market place with a rich history behind it. Wine industry veteran Richard “Ricardo” Kanikari and Stama Winery in Lodi have resurrected Tipo wines, one of the oldest and most popular wine brands in California first established in 1906 by Italian Swiss Colony Winery in Asti near [...]

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Changes coming to Borra Vineyards

LODI — Steve Borra opened Lodi’s first bonded boutique winery in 1975 on property along Armstrong Road near where his mother was born. Borra’s wife, Beverly Bowman, was born across the street from where the winery stands today. Plenty of joy, sweat and tears have been invested by the family in building Borra Vineyards into a respected [...]

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Crack open some crab and some bottles

It’s crab feed season in these parts. Many civic organizations raise funds by throwing shin-digs with tasty Dungeness crab cracked and ready to be consumed. At most of the crab feeds I’ve attended over the years, the star attraction is marinated, usually in olive oil, garlic, lemon and parsley. Sometimes, Dungeness in its good-old, plain, [...]

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      Bob Highfill

      Record Sports Editor Bob Highfill is a wine enthusiast and has earned Level 3 certification with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London through the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Bob will share some of his experiences from his travels to Lodi and other prime wine locales in his blog and welcomes your suggestions, reviews and wine speak.
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