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Lodi!

The Definitive Guide and History
of America’s Largest Winegrowing Region

By Randy Caparoso (with Foreword by Mike Dunne)

400 pages with over 400 photographs giving a full, vivid portrait of the Lodi appellation

From the Foreword by Mike Dunne

(veteran wine journalist, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle)

 

Almost a fifth of California’s wine grapes are harvested at Lodi each fall, including more than a third of its Zinfandel and almost a third of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet, Lodi also is the country’s most underappreciated wine region as gauged by such standards as price, tourism and restaurant wine lists.

But this book will change that. Lodi! represents a rare and timely meeting of the right person in the right place at the right time. The author, Randy Caparoso, has lived in Lodi only a decade, marking him forever as a newcomer in an enclave where grape-growing and winemaking families often go back four or five generations.

But with a relentless curiosity, a knack for fluid and vibrant story-telling, and a talent for capturing photos worth twice the customary 1000 words, Randy has used his time wisely, drilling deep into Lodi’s wine culture — its history, challenges, personalities, pivotal place in California and accelerating evolution into the state’s most surprising and exciting grape-growing and winemaking territory. So eager was Randy to discover Lodi that when he moved there he lived his first five years in a cottage in the middle of a vineyard.

Lodi! is a logical outgrowth of Randy’s role as freelance blogger and social-media director for the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Over the past 10 years he has churned out a steady stream of enlightening and entertaining posts, photos, speeches and articles, all about Lodi’s vineyards and wines. With the speed and sharp eye of an owl patrolling a vineyard, he has used that perch for ready access to the sites, archives and key players that define Lodi as a fine-wine region, and now has assembled what he has gleaned into one smooth and authoritative narrative…

More About the Book

Clear and Engaging Content

Broken down into six main sections, from “The Many Sides of Lodi” to “Why Lodi Rules (Culturally and Sustainably,” the book is exhaustive in its research, presenting new data about the region’s history, terroir, heritage, and varietals in readable essays and interviews.

Sections Include

The Many Sides of Lodi | Lodi History | Lodi’s Sense of Place | Zinfandel and Heritage Vineyards | The 100-plus Grapes of Lodi | Why Lodi “Rules”

Highly Desirable

Lodi! is a large format coffee-table book, chock-full of design flourishes—including original illustrations by California artist, Lisa Nowlain. Each page features dynamic photos from Lodi’s history and the process of grape growing and cultivating. Infographics about soil and sunshine enrich the reading experience.

A Comprehensive Resource Book

Along with detailed photos of the appellation’s specific varietals (including a section devoted to Zinfandels), a rich and readable Glossary and a truly useful Index, the book also features dozens of “Portraits of Lodi’s Passionate Vignerons.”

A Comprehensive Resource Book

Along with detailed photos of the appellation’s specific varietals (including a section devoted to Zinfandels), a rich and readable Glossary and a truly useful Index, the book also features dozens of “Portraits of Lodi’s Passionate Vignerons.”

Produced with Pride

Written by Randy Caparoso and published by KitchenCinco Press in Lodi, CA. Designed and preflighted in Atlanta, GA by Good Book Developers, printed with the highest quality paper and cover materials, and fulfilled with love by Flying Cloud in Baltimore, MD.