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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.


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


"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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.

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