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Craig Ledbetter expects production this year to be 5 percent to 10 percent below average. However, compared to the previous two years, his 2014 crop could be as much as 35 percent smaller


Like a 25-year-old zombie, the Delta Wetlands Project has lumbered out of the shadows again to threaten Delta farmland by flooding two islands for water storage, turning two others into habitat and eliminating 14,824 acres of productive farmland in the process.


The farmers and business executives were hosted in Lodi and Galt by the Northern California World Trade Center and Gayaldo International. Discussion centered on how regional producers can be drivers of innovation, global partnerships and economic growth.


Who'd have thunk? That a planting by a retired Lodi schoolteacher and longtime home winemaker would become the largest, most serious collection (over 40 cultivars!) of German and Austrian grapes in the U.S.


"We want to find out the full extent and reach of what happened."


The Lodi Amateur Wine Makers (LAVA) announces a competition for home winemakers. The competition, called The Bottle Shock Open, is accepting entries now through July 15th. "We have a very active club with the expertise and manpower to put on a first class event," explained LAVA President John Bischoff.


The Kautz family, successful farmers in Lodi since the early 1900s and innovative and award-winning grape growers since the late 1960s, have announced an all-encompassing rebranding of their Ironstone wines in the 2013 vintage.


Twain-Peterson is calling his Schmiedt Rd. property Katusha Vineyard; which, he explains, is Russian for "Katherine." Explains Twain-Peterson, "It's Katusha because the vineyard came up for sale two days before Mother's Day (in 2014). My stepmother's mother, who is of German and Ukrainian descent, is named Katusha, and my mother is named Katherine.


Jillian Johnson is in love. There's not much that her husband (Yuri DeLeon) can do about it, since this is an affair that dates back to 2004 - some nine years before she even met Mr. DeLeon - when Ms. Johnson was still the head winemaker at Bonny Doon Vineyard, based in Santa Cruz.


The Lodi Rules is not just a catchy slogan; it is a 128-page workbook of sustainable winegrowing standards. There are 101 standards, and to be certified you not only need to pass at least 70, you cannot fail any of the six chapters.


If you want to pick up a few tips about sustainability from California winegrape growers, Mohr-Fry Ranches isn't a bad place to start


Michael David working with city to get county's approval for the project


There was a definite shortage of kayaks, picnic baskets and Frisbees among the hundreds of visitors to Lodi Lake Park on Saturday


The Bay Area is on the front end of a significant warming trend, with temperatures expected to climb into the mid-90s in some locations by the middle of the week, forecasters said Monday


Today the next generation of winegrowers are taking the lead ...


Favorable spring weather, including temperatures pushing into the mid-80s during the day before cooling down to the mid-40s at night, has resulted in good vine growth


it's only been within the last 10 years that the current generation actually built wineries to convert their grapes into wine. Today, there are approximately 80 wineries and tasting rooms-an impressive number for sure-but there are more than 750 growers in the area


Downtown Lodi hosted the annual Lodi Wine Stroll on Saturday, April 12, 2014.


Those who attend this Saturday's Lodi Wine Stroll are encouraged to wear their favorite Easter outfits, hats and bonnets while they traverse School Street and sample the area's finest wines.


The county now has its own winegrowers association, a wine competition and 18 bonded wineries -- including some in the unlikeliest places. You may know about Hannah Nicole Vineyards' sprawling estate in Brentwood, but did you know about Sterling Albert's winery in industrial Concord?

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