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

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

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