LangeTwins Winery: A Fifth Generation Commitment to Sustainability

The values of the LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards started in 1870 when the family’s German great-grandparents, Johann and Maria Lange, settled in Lodi and began farming non-irrigated watermelons. Even back then, there was a mission to be stewards of the land for future generations. Five generations later, there is a commitment to sustainable farming […]

Lodi’s Oldest Operating Winery Continues to Pioneer

Lodi's First Winery Continues To Pioneer

          The story of Oak Ridge Winery is one of pioneers. Not only because it is the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California, or because it’s five generations strong in farming and winemaking, but it’s run by a mostly female team.   The Story Begins   In 1906, Angelo Maggio arrived […]

California Regionality of the Zinfandel Grape

        I recently had a chance, thanks to Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), to explore the differences of various regions of the Zinfandel grape in California. I gathered with three family winemakers to make the virtual comparison.   The June “Zinfandel Vineyard Tours and Caves” was moderated by travel journalist, Paul Rubio, […]

Lodi’s World-Class White Wines

Lodi’s World-Class White Wines

      As many times as I’ve covered the Lodi region, each brings an awakening and awareness of something new.  This time it was an understanding of how world-class the white wines of Lodi can be. Lodi World-Class White Wines     Winemaker Mitch Cosentino in motion   I’ve had a long history with […]

Lodi: The Region, The Wines, The Winemakers, The Diversity


Photo Credit: Goff Photography The Summer of 2016 was when I first encountered the region of Lodi.  I knew the region was known for its Old Vine Zinfandels, but I did not know how deeply involved I was going to get in this historic region and the indelible impact it would have on my experience […]

A National Day of Celebrating Zinfandel and Lodi

Celebrating Zinfandel and Lodi

A National Day of Celebrating Zinfandel and Lodi Today it seems every wine has its day and November 15 was the day designated to celebrate Zinfandel.  Bloggers gathered across the country for a virtual tasting of Zinfindels from Lodi, California’s self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World.  Lodi is California’s largest grower of premium Zinfandel and […]