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April hailstorm hit some growers hard, but rest of vineyards in good shape


David Michael Akin, a well known professional in the wine industry and an active community volunteer, died of a sudden heart attack at his Lodi home Saturday, June 27. He was 68. He was a consulting winemaker for a number of wineries before starting his Akin Estates label in 2002


Riccardo Kanakari, a 35 year wine industry veteran, announced today that he will be re-introducing the historic TIPO wine brand in November 2015.


Klinker Brick Winery owner Steve Felten has recently aligned his farming operations with two of Lodi's more determined women-growers: Jean Rauser, the owner of Rauser Vineyard in the Victor area, east of the town of Lodi; and Antoinette Celle, owner of Celle Vineyard located at the southernmost edge of the Lodi Viticultural Area, near Linden.


A small vineyard started in 1994 by the Koth family at their Mokelumne Glen property in Lodi as an experiment with German varieties is now a sought-after source of grapes for the boutique production of rare, premium wines-not only by Lodi winemakers, but also by several innovative North Coast producers.


Two Lodi wines have received recognition across the state after being named winners at the California State Fair Wine Competition on Friday. Oak Farm Vineyard's 2014 Albarino was awarded the Best of Show White wine of California. Torn Winery's 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel received Best Value award with a price of $9.99 a bottle. Both wines received a double gold award.


The history of white zinfandel has come full circle. It began in Lodi more than a century ago, and that's where a potential revival of the wine is taking root, thanks to one gutsy vintner.


Have Lodi wines and the Lodi Viticultural Region suddenly - or should we say finally - attained a "coolness" factor?


The goal in creating Unfiltered Blonde was to have a quality wine at an affordable price, she said, something a single mom would be able to afford. A bottle of Unfiltered Blonde costs $15.


The Holdeners, Tim and Lani, bought their Acampo home 22 years ago, intending to fix it up and make a quick sale. Instead, that home has become Macchia Winery, known around the Lodi Appellation for its variety of bold Zinfandels and dedication to a hands-on winemaking process.


This friendlier, laid back destination should be included in any wine country travel plans.


The California State Water Resources Control Board have approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June through September growing season.


from UC Study ...


Albarino, tempranillo, graciano and verdelho are grapes most often associated with Spanish and Portuguese wines. In California, these varieties have found a comfortable niche in Lodi


A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.


"The grapes are just a natural fit," says Ron Silva, a leading grower of Iberian grape varieties in Lodi. "I don't know why we're growing cabernet when we should be growing tempranillo."


More than 60 acres of an abandoned vineyard burned Monday morning on Ray Road near Sargent Road, according to Cpt. Jaime Ramirez with the Woodbridge Fire Department.


You may have seen the recent advertisement in the News-Sentinel or the poster next to the Turner Road off-ramp of Highway 99 informing Lodians and visitors about the annual Lodi Spring Wine Show. If you have, then you would have noticed the slogan at the top of each advertisement: "Save water, drink wine!" This slogan may be clever, but it invites a deeper look at wine, water and waste.


More than a hundred of Lodi's movers and shakers gathered in groups of eight around the tables or moved throughout the room, making introductions, shaking hands with old friends, and getting ready to enjoy a delicious lunch.


Based on what he was seeing and other growers in California's Lodi district were telling him, wine grape industry veteran Mark Chandler, Chardonnay was in full bloom by mid-April.

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