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Variety is the spice of life at Drava Wines

Steve Carson really digs wine. And he really digs beer. So why not combine the two? Not in the bottle, but in concept. Craft brew houses regularly change their lineup. Craft winemaker Carson creates different lineups each year at Drava Wines in Lodi, which he owns with his brother, William. In 2014, he made Bordeaux […]

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LangeTwins offers relaxing start to the weekend

Time is running out to enjoy live music, wine and delicious charcuterie at LangeTwins Winery in Acampo. Each Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. through August 25, LangeTwins’ hospitality manager Jillian Mulrooney and the winery’s attentive staff will transform the gorgeous Redwood Room into a lounge, creating a relaxed vibe to kickstart the […]

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Bon voyage, keepers of fine wines

STOCKTON – Gail and Dr. George Herron hosted their final wine tasting at their shop on Thursday. Fittingly, the evening consisted of a blind tasting of “unusual” varietals. Over the years, they have encouraged their customers to widen their wine horizons. For 39 years, the Herrons have owned and operated Fine Wines of Stockton in Lincoln Center. […]

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Masthead project provides glimpse into art of blending

LODI — The bar had been set high. The 2014 Masthead by Scotto Cellars, released at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, received 93 points from Tasting Panel and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Impressive scores indeed. Wine bloggers Nancy Brazil and Peter Bourget from Stockton (, Cindy Rynning from Chicago ( and Melanie Ofenloch […]

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Liquid Learning makes education fun

ESCALON — On a warm and pleasant Saturday afternoon in Escalon, about two dozen wine enthusiasts figuratively were whisked away to the Iberian Peninsula. Stockton’s Lynn Rich and Escalon’s Michelle Franzia, partners with Liquid Learning, offer experiential wine education packages. Last weekend, they presented an array of Spanish wines matched with their Lodi counterparts, and paired them with delectable tapas […]

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Get in the pink this summer

When the weather heats up, rosés are so appealing. Fresh and fruity, dry and crisp, lightly sweet — great on their own or with food or as the base for sangria, this versatile wine style should not be overlooked. Only red wine grape varieties can be made into rosés — also called blush wines. Their light […]

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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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      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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