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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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Friendsgiving is food, wine and fellowship

Doug Seed was posed with a challenge, one that he gladly accepted. The chef and owner of Morada Eats catering and A Moveable Feast food truck was asked to come up with small bites of Thanksgiving fare and pair them with LangeTwins estate wines for the first LangeTwins “Friendsgiving” party on the eve of the [...]

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Lodi hosts first Taste of Tempranillo

Lodi’s propensity for experimentation means nothing but delightful options for wine consumers. Nearly 100 varieties of wine grapes are planted on 100,000-plus acres, making Lodi one of the most diverse American Viticultural Areas anywhere in the world, a factor that no doubt led to Lodi being named Wine Region of the Year in 2015 by [...]

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Acquiesce Winery tasting notes

Visit Acquiesce Winery on North Trethaway Road in Acampo and taste the magnificent white wines of the Southern Rhone and experience their food friendliness. Owner/winemaker Susan Tipton has paired each wine with a tiny bite of something delectable. Her culinary and wine acumen are remarkable and the experience is one that shouldn’t be missed. Here [...]

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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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