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Although California's 2017 grape harvests and prices remained relatively stable compared to 2016, Lodi's crops saw minor decreases, according to Lodi Winegrape Commission program manager Stuart Spencer


On Feb. 26, farmers will make a pivotal decision: whether or not to tax themselves about $14 million over 30 years to build a new delivery system.


But before I go on about why they're so cool, let me give you the bad news first. They're gnarly. Crotchety. Less vigorous. Challenging to prune and harvest. And a little stingy with their production of grapes, besides.


"We've seen a tremendous amount of growth in direct-to-consumer shipments and direct-to-consumer business here in Lodi," said Stuart Spencer, program manager for the Lodi Wine Commission.


When Aaron Lange became the lead vineyard manager of LangeTwins Winery in 2003, he took on the responsibility of overseeing the sustainability and habitat restoration programs for his family's winery in Acampo.


Dr. Ohmart - who prefers to be called, simply, Cliff - was Lodi Winegrape Commission's Sustainable Winegrowing Director for 14 years (1996 to 2009). During the past eight years he has been serving as Senior Scientist for SureHarvest (a sustainable agricultural management company).


With the new $1.5 trillion tax plan, many farmers will see a 20 percent deduction on pass-through income. The deduction will be a huge relief for local farmers because most have small businesses and are organized as pass-through entities, Ferrari said.


Every grapegrower would like to sell their grapes at a higher price. Some factors affecting grape prices are beyond a grower's control, such as wine market conditions and trends, supply and demand and general economic factors. But as pointed out at a recent Lodi Winegrape Commission (LWC) meeting about premiumization, a grower can take the initiative to change farming practices to increase quality and raise the bar, do market research, target potential buyers and make contacts to improve sales opportunities and prices.


Although some Lodians have expressed concerns about a proposed 65-acre Gallo Winery processing facility, which would be located on East Acampo Road in Acampo, others are more supportive of the project.


The facility would bring 78 non-harvest jobs to the area, and an additional 100 jobs for the 2020 harvest. The EIR will look at potential effects on agricultural resources, traffic, noise and aesthetics, as well as possible environmental risks. The facility would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week during harvest season from August through mid-November and 24 hours a day, five days a week the rest of the year


Game-changing and stylish, grapes like AlbariƱo, Cinsault, Grenache Blanc and Teroldego are getting well-deserved attention in Lodi.


As federal tax-reform bills head to a House-Senate conference committee, California farmers and ranchers say they may not gain as much as they had hoped from the package of tax cuts and other changes to tax law.


Paskett Vineyards & Winery on a magnificent, history-laden estate at 11070 E. Woodbridge Road in Acampo


"It's just absolute shock that something this big is going to go in right there in your neighborhood," said Phil Abba who would live right in front of it. "It's like putting an eight-story complex across the way."


Gallo's proposal has not yet been vetted by county planners and is a long way from becoming reality. But the story raises a question that is pertinent now: How big is too big in tranquil Lodi wine country? The new 65-acre winery is supposed to eventually employ 330 people full time, and even more during the harvest. Someday, if built to full capacity, it could process 150,000 tons of grapes per year.


Michael David Winery announced today the purchase of the historic 160-acre DeLuca Vineyard property, located on the eastern edge of the Lodi sub-appellation of Clements Hills.


Lodi's oldest operating winery looks small from the highway, but those who stop to visit the unique tasting room - formerly a 50,000-gallon redwood tank - may find that Oak Ridge is more than it appears.


A whiff of fermenting grapes surrounds Lucas Winery on a recent Wednesday afternoon


"The wine industry in general is very much intertwined. A lot of grape growers farm in different areas that include both Napa and Sonoma and Lodi, but we also know each other because it's such a small, tight unit of people."


At mid-September, with temperatures cooling significantly following several days of unseasonably hot weather at the start of the month, the pace of sugar development in Lodi grower Steve Felten's wine grape vineyards had slowed.

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