East side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

By Randy Caparoso, LoCA (randycaparoso@earthlink.net) In 1991, some 700 of Lodi’s grape growers came together to form the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (since shortened to Lodi Winegrape Commission).  At that point in time, according to the Commission’s former executive director, Mark Chandler, “the trade and consumers viewed Lodi as a jug wine region, despite the fact that even then we were the largest …

VEloNAtiEast side, west side, Lodi Zinfandels getting around the block

Pictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel unique

2013 Soucie Zinfandel

By Randy Caparoso, LoCA (randycaparoso@earthlink.net) February 19, 2014 – Ready to get your geek on with Lodi Zinfandel?  Let’s delve into the six major reasons why Lodi grown Zinfandels are the way they are:  so compellingly lush, round, gentle, bright, and often distinctly earthy (in an organic/loamy sense)… Moderate Mediterranean climate (comparable to St. Helena, Healdsburg or Paso Robles, Calif.) influenced by cool coastal winds …

VEloNAtiPictorial guide to what makes Lodi Zinfandel unique