A history of the original “Lodi Natives”

By Randy Caparoso Originally posted in LoCA Did you know that the first winery to produce a rosé, or pink colored “White Zinfandel,” from the black skinned Zinfandel grape was Lodi’s El Pinal Winery — way back in 1869?  El Pinal did not survive Prohibition, and it would not be until the late ‘60s/early ’70s that wineries like David Bruce, Ridge, Monteviña …

VEloNAtiA history of the original “Lodi Natives”

East vs. west side Lodi distinctions revealed at Michael David’s annual growers tasting

By Randy Caparoso (originally posted on LoCA in April 2013) Michael David Winery hosted their yearly Grower Barrel Flight Tasting for their Zinfandel growers this past April 24 and 25 at the winery’s Bare Ranch facilities. This annual rite of Spring, organized Kevin Phillips –Michael David’s Vineyard Manager and VP of Operations – is put on to give the winery’s …

VEloNAtiEast vs. west side Lodi distinctions revealed at Michael David’s annual growers tasting