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The art of grapevine suckering, long done by hand with grape knives and pruning shears, is changing as winegrape growers become pressed for time and labor. Mechanical and chemical suckering are two potential alternatives.


Hiro Tejima is a wine professional new to his job as Japan Director with the California Wine Institute after working many years in the Australian wine industry. Tejima, who is based in Sydney, Australia, recently brought a group of 20 acclaimed Japanese wine professionals to Lodi. The contingent included sommeliers, wine educators, restaurateurs, media and representatives from the top 10 most successful restaurants in the 2018 California Wines by the Glass Program.


Lodi certainly isn't unknown. Wine Enthusiast magazine named it the wine region of the year in 2015. And the region's big, bold and fruity zinfandels are world-renowned.



Bold, decisive strokes. That's what's turned Lodi's Michael David Winery from a modest (2,000-case), local winery in 2002 to a million-case winery producing wines sold all over the world in 2018.


The Lodi Winegrape Commission held a leafroll virus tailgate talk and field day, a timely reminder that now is a good time of year to scout vineyards for red leaf virus symptoms and to flag symptomatic vines for testing and possible roguing


"We think it's a great thing that The Wine Group will be more involved in Lodi. ... It's great for Lodi, for the growers, for everybody ... The Wine Group is a five-star company"


Gallo Winery has agreed not to pursue a use permit for a proposed 65-acre processing facility in Acampo, the Ag Community Alliance announced on their website over the weekend. In an email shared by the local advocacy group from Acampo, the winemaker indicated it would focus attention on a new site in Modesto instead


Lodi likely wouldn't have the diversity it enjoys today were it not for Richard "Rip" Ripken and his desire to learn and experiment.


Grape grower Brad Goering is keeping a close eye on his Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Clements, California. The long-time grower had to shut down harvest of his vineyard overnight, thanks to heavy rain that made it too muddy to get his harvester in the vineyard.


Lodi will always loom in the shadows of neighbors Napa and Sonoma. For this reason, accompanied by the thoughtful and downright brave plantings of unheralded varietals that are yielding unexpected flavors and textures, Lodi's winemakers are proving that they can offer value that most consumers seek, and can do so without sacrificing authenticity and intrigue.


On Oct. 12, McKenzie Vineyards and Winery will host a ribbon-cutting for its new tasting room at 20 W. Elm St. in downtown Lodi. From there, the tasting room will be open Friday through Sunday. The tasting room had a soft opening last weekend and currently is open on Saturdays and Sundays.


"It's probably the luckiest break I've ever had in my life," said Rivera, who earned a certificate from the UC Davis winemaking program shortly after joining Klinker Brick. "Joseph has been completely open, all about personal development, so the success I've had in trying to navigate my way into trying to become a winemaker has been due in large part to his support."


Rhonda and Russell have their two sons working beside them every day, and they couldn't be happier


Though the region may have a reputation for bulk wine, forward-thinking winemakers are embracing experimentation by working with Lodi grapes that will surprise you


The Roadshow events feature three members of the DTC Consultant Network in a half-day training program ...


As warm as the weather this past month has seemed, so far 2018 has not been an especially "warm" vintage in the overall scheme of things. In fact, according to Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards owner/grower Kyle Lerner, "We are tracking as a cooler than average this year."


Lodi has been the backbone of the bulk wine market for decades, but the premium wine market now is paying attention, as growers have refined their techniques and vineyard practices with Cabernet


With inflation-adjusted grape prices lower than in 1986, experts discuss a path toward premiumization


Lodi growers are opting for single high-wire trellising that allows for mechanical pruning when they replant, forgoing the vertical shoot position trellis system - or VSP - preferred in Napa, Sonoma and to a lesser degree, the Central Coast.

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