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04/12/19

District 11, which includes Lodi is the largest growing region for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, according to analysts. District 11 produced 127,069 tons of Chardonnay and 198,838 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, according to the crush report. That's about 14.6 percent more Chardonnay and 21.4 percent more Cabernet Sauvignon than in 2017.

04/08/19

The California wine region of Lodi is one of the most energetic in promoting its wines. That is little surprise in that they seemingly have something new and substantial to report every year. At a tasting in Dallas this week the Lodi Winegrape Commision (the trade body to promote Lodi wine) demonstrated three things to me.

04/02/19

Let master Sommelier David Glancy and award winning journalist Randy Caparoso will take you on a two day journey exploring the three pillars of Lodi Viticultural Areas: Ancient vines; 100+ wine grapes; unique appellations and terroirs. Visit 6 vineyards, meet over 20 producers, and taste over 50 wines during the course of the trip. You'll also enjoy 2 vineyard lunches, a private dinner with 6 vintners and leaving the planning and driving to us!

04/02/19

The Wine Business Events/Industry Symposium Group will be presenting the Fourth Annual Lodi Vineyard and Wine Economics Symposium on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

03/18/19

Meet the astonishing, long-misunderstood Bechthold Vineyard

03/13/19

In a relatively short time, Tipton and her husband Rodney have built Acquiesce Winery into one of the most popular and talked-about spots in the Lodi wine scene. Theirs is one-of-a-kind, in that there isn't a still red wine or oak barrel anywhere on their property on North Trethaway Road in Acampo. White wines only (and a rosé of Grenache noir) - from Tablas Creek Vineyard cuttings originating in the Southern Rhone - are what consumers have come to find and appreciate since Acquiesce opened in 2012 with the 2010 vintage.

03/11/19

Caparoso - hirsute, natty and persistently imbued with the warm aloha spirit of his native Hawaii - answered the door and saw me to his dining room, where the table was set with 19 wines. I'd just expected to talk with Caparoso about where Lodi is and where it is going, wine-wise, but he wanted to illustrate the points he was about to make. That was Caparoso's point: This is the direction Lodi is going - wines made with grape varieties other than zinfandel, wines in styles other than still and rich.

03/04/19

Markus Bokisch and his wife and co-owner, Liz, focus on Spanish varietal wines, which are near and dear to Markus, who has family roots in Spain

02/26/19

The video clip highlights machine automation, analytics-based insights, anywhere management, and connect support. In the video description, John Deere asks viewers to imagine what artificial intelligence, automation, and connectivity can do to grow your operation, improve your efficiency, and profitably increase your bottom line.

02/06/19

The Lodi American Viticultural Area has some 110,000 acres planted to wine grapes, by far the largest amount of wine grape acreage in the country, greater than Napa Valley and Sonoma combined.

01/28/19

The Lodi Winegrape Commission presented recent accomplishments, initial plans for new marketing efforts to brand Lodi wines, and plans for LWC organizational restructuring at its 2019 Annual Meeting January 23. These new strategic plans reflect the need to evolve with the growth of the organization and the Lodi wine industry, and to adapt to changes and trends in the consumer market

01/25/19

"We have always grown grapes here, but we weren't a 'wine growing' place," explains James Boore, Michael David Winery hospitality manager, as he pours for guests in the winery's expansive tasting room. Lodi has more than 750 growers and now has 85 boutique wineries

01/24/19

During Jillian Johnson's time at Bonny Doon, she worked with the owners of Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi, the oldest Cinsault vineyard in the world-the grapes were planted in 1886. Randall Grahm purchased all the Cinsault, and the majority of it went into a Vin Gris Rosé, but they also blended some of it into all of their red wine brands, giving each of their SKUs more of a mid-palate weight and a "pop of fruit." So, when Johnson heard that Grahm was not renewing the vineyard contract at Bechthold in 2009, she jumped at the chance

01/23/19

Dr. Cliff Ohmart shares insights from his career in sustainability research and education in winegrapes and other crops. He talks about how his experiences with the Lodi Winegrape Commission and grape growers in the Lodi appellation shaped how he sees IPM and sustainable winegrowing today

01/16/19

Wine Business Monthly is announcing its list of the year's hottest brands, one a day leading up to its annual Bottle Bash party to kick off the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Today WBM is announcing Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards, a winery championing Rhone whites in the heart of California Zinfandel country.

01/02/19

What can growers do to make better Zinfandel and command higher prices? Here are nine tips shared by grower Bruce Fry of Lodi's Mohr Fry ranch. He said his father started taking these marketing/branding steps in 1995, inspired by Robert Young Vineyard in Sonoma County

01/02/19

After winning reelection to the Lodi City Council in November, Councilman Mark Chandler was recently voted to a second term as mayor.

12/18/18

Lodi growers have been developing vineyards with high wire trellis systems designed for mechanized box pruning, also called "high cordon machine pruned" trellis systems. These high wire systems involve establishing a vine cordon on a single trellis wire at a height ranging from 66 inches to 72 inches above ground level and maintaining a hedge, or pruned box, 8 to 12 inches wide along the established cordon of each vine down the row. Comparisons of these vineyards with hand-pruned vineyards over several years show comparable yields and Brix levels, but with significantly lower costs per acre for the mechanically pruned vines

11/27/18

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.

11/20/18

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.

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