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Changing of the Guard

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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 5:02 pm

After 479 blogs, it's time to relinquish my title as "The Lodi Wine Guy," and say a final thank you to my publisher, Marty Weybret, my editor, Rich Hanner, and especially to all of you, my supportive readers.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to make progress toward making Lodi a bit smarter about wine, and from the healthy crowds we've seen recently in tasting rooms, more of you are getting out to sample the end-product of our dedicated winegrape growers.

All my working hours will now be focused on my increasingly successful Lodi winery clients and our own brand, Panthos by Pantheon Cellars to be released in a few months.

I'm not giving up on wine writing, however. You'll be able to keep up with what I'm doing at our blog at, at, or at where extremely talented young winemaker Markus Niggli is producing some of Lodi's finest wines.

I'd also like to plug my colleague, Randy Caparoso, who is prolifically contributing top-notch Lodi wine writing to

Lodi News-Sentinel won't be left high and dry. Marty's got something new wine-wise up his sleeve. Cheers!