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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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Lodi wineries take home the hardware

Many Lodi wineries started 2017 on a positive note by garnering big awards at prestigious competitions. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition early last month included some 7,000 entries from wineries in 28 states. Wineries from the Lodi American Viticultural Area or wineries with fruit from Lodi took home 245 medals, including eight that were [...]

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Prime Table Steakhouse has prime time wine list

The magical interplay between food and wine when brilliantly executed can be a memorable experience. Arezou Soleimani and Lauren O’Leary are passionate wine enthusiasts and foodies who took great care in developing the wine list for the new Prime Table Steakhouse in Lincoln Center with the hope of delivering a memorable food and wine experience. [...]

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Exuberance in a bottle

ACAMPO – Cassandra Durst wakes up every day believing it will be the best day of her life. Her infectious optimism and exuberance are big reasons why her winery on Acampo Road has fast become a fan favorite and a must visit on the Lodi wine trail since it opened in 2014. When you visit [...]

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New director has great stories to tell

LODI – Early in her professional career, after a short stint in banking, Wendy Brannen was a television news anchor and reporter. Her favorite stories were those that helped people, brought interesting subjects to light or had a nostalgic flair. Though her career path has changed, the Georgia native who loves college football Saturdays in [...]

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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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