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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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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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