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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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Winemaker acquiesces to the Rhone

ACAMPO – Susan Tipton followed her heart. She shunned conventional wisdom by opening a winery that offers the wines she loves made from Southern Rhone white varieties that she planted on her and husband Rodney’s 18-acre estate in Acampo. White wines in Lodi? Can’t be done. Lodi is red wine territory. Besides, it’s too hot [...]

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The calendar says it’s California Wine Month

September is California Wine Month and there are myriad opportunities to enjoy the harvest season throughout the area. LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards on East Jahant Road in Lodi is offering a Harvest Experience by appointment only through Oct. 31. Tour some of the vineyards managed by one of Lodi’s prolific winegrape growing families in [...]

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Mettler on America’s tastemakers’ list

LODI — Medals and scores aren’t why 37-year-old Lodi native Adam Mettler makes wine. But the recognition always is nice. Recently, Mettler was named among Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers,” adding the national distinction to his trove of gold medals and 90-plus-point scores his wines have earned for Michael David Winery, Mettler Family [...]

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Traditionally styled Champagne is being made in Lodi

LOCKEFORD – Eric Donaldson is making Champagne on a beer budget. Well, not really. Champagne isn’t Champagne unless it’s made in Champagne, France. But sparkling wine crafted in the method champenoise, a.k.a. the traditional method, can be made anywhere. And that’s what Donaldson is doing, and he’s only vintner in Lodi crafting sparkling wine using [...]

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Bloggers know best –Masthead will be unveiled at WBC

There’s an awful lot of wine out there. Brad Gray, Scotto Cellars’ public relations and media manager, had an ingenious idea: Why not have some noted wine bloggers blend a new wine and showcase their creation at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference this week in Lodi? To his knowledge, nothing like this had been attempted. [...]

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Anderson Valley worth the drive

MENDOCINO COUNTY— Ted Bennett made a fortune in the stereo industry and “retired” in his 30s. He and his wife wondered what they should do next, so they sought a spot where they could make their favorite styles of wine. That spot ended up being the gorgeous Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, which at the [...]

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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 grower and owner of Harney [...]

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      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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