Old Vine Grapes – A Monster of a Plant

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Imagine bringing letters to a mailbox standing inside the evil aura of this grape vine monster. Grape plants like this have been growing in Lodi since the early 1900s. Last winter we spotted this plant on East Kettleman Street (Highway 12) on the east side of town. We wondered what kind of grape it produced. […]

Stuck in Lodi Again – Looking for Great Zinfandel Bottles of Wine

The Center of the Universe For Zinfandel Bottles of Wine We always sing the praises of Lodi as the center of the Zinfandel wine universe. If you are looking for an interesting place to try new wines, make your way to this central valley farming town. It’s not the prettiest place, it’s not the coolest […]

Jessie’s Grove – Ancient Vine Zinfandel From Lodi

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Does Ancient Vine Grape Produce A Great Bottle of Wine? Many people believe an ancient grape vine produces fruit leading to a superior bottle of wine. If this is so, Lodi is a grape growing heaven of California wines with plants over 130 years old. The central valley of California has been the fruit and […]

Bottles of Wine from Lodi – M2 Wines

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Lodi Zin, Gold Country Grape and Blends Bottles of Wine From M2 Wines Sitting down to a bottle of M2 wine and BBQ pork ribs, we sipped, wondering what that taste was, black licorice? We couldn’t nail the taste, but we knew the 2012 Clockstopper Red Wine from M2 had been a good choice on […]

Durst Winery – Lodi’s Newest Tasting Room

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Bottles of Ancient Vine Zinfandel Wine From Lodi’s Durst Winery Savoring a first sip from this California bottle of wine, we both looked at each other and said, “Amazingly smooth!” With its flowery, berry and chocolate feel, we savored this exquisite wine from Lodi, the center of our Zinfandel universe. Durst Winery produced this beauty, a […]

Syrah, Cab & Zin Bottles of Wine in Lodi’s Berghold Vineyards

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Lodi Bottles of Syrah, Cabernet and Zinfandel Wine While Lodi is known for its Zinfandel bottles of wine, we go to Berghold Vineyards for their Lodi Syrah.  Yes, they have good Zinfandel and they also have very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier. During a recent visit proprietor Joe Berghold poured us a bottle of […]

Zinfandel and Syrah Bottles of Wine From Lodi –

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A Lodi Bottle of Wine From Klinker Brick Winery Many California wineries produce a good bottle of Zinfandel wine, but our center of the Zinfandel universe resides in Lodi, an appelation nestled in California’s Central Valley. One of their stars is Klinker Brick Winery, producers of Rose, Syrah and Old Vine Zinfandel. Lodi is home […]

Seeking a Good Bottle of Buttery California Chardonnay Wine

Oh Bottle of Buttery Chardonnay Wine…. …..Where Art Thou? Searching for a good California bottle of Chardonnay wine is a prodigious task. With all the great wine California produces, we are looking for a buttery bottle for our yacht club inventory. There are thousands of bottles of good wine from which to choose. Our search brought […]

A Bottle of Wine for Christmas (or even New Year!)

Would you go to Christmas dinner without a bottle of wine to share? If you are a reader of these columns, of course you would bring a bottle! Bringing a bottle of wine to Holiday dinner is just as important a tradition as dining on turkey at Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving this year Erin created a […]

Lodi Wine – Better Than a Bottle of Wine From Temecula?

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In the search for a good bottle of wine, readers of our dispatches often query us for winery recommendations in places like Sonoma, Paso Robles, Gold Country or Lodi. They’re looking to either expand their winery knowledge, or just looking for a place to start their tasting journey. A recent query, “Is Lodi like Temecula?” […]