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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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Introducing the Viney awards

The calendar is about to set on 2016. In what I’ll call the first annual Viney Awards, here’s are some of the best wines I tasted this year: • 2013 Rall White ($29) Even my non-white wine drinking friends enjoyed this delightfully crisp and elegant blend of chenin blanc, viognier, chardonnay and verdelho from Swartland [...]

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Berghold is a winter wine-derland

Berghold Estate Winery has an amazing Christmas display inside its tasting room that will put you in the holiday spirit faster than you can say Kris Kringle. Year round beneath the pitched ceiling inside Berghold’s elegant barn-style chateau off Cherry Road is perhaps the most impressive collection of antiques anywhere in the country. But come [...]

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Winter’s chill means it’s time for reds

When winter’s chill begins to bite, it only seems natural to break out the red wines you’ve had stocked away and pair them with heartier fare consistent with the season. I’ve tried a few recently that I want to tell you about: 2013 Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) The Oso Vineyard provides the central [...]

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2016 another bumper year for Lodi

Lodi had another bumper year in the wine industry. Still basking in the glow of being named the 2015 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, Lodi continued to make a name for itself by hosting the Wine Bloggers Conference, winning prestigious awards and expanding its offerings. Wine Bloggers Conference Rachel Von Sturmer came [...]

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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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