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Friday 05/27/2016
Pairing beer and wine in a new School Street tasting room

When Jeff Daniel goes wine tasting with his wife Carrie Gooding, they hop between two or three wineries and sip their way through a flight at each location.

Posted: May 27, 2016
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Friday 04/15/2016
McGuire's on Elm Street opens after renovations

A former football coach and restaurateur has opened McGuire’s on Elm Street, bringing an Irish vibe and live music to the busy street corner.

Posted: April 15, 2016
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Friday 03/25/2016
Tower Park family serves up sweet treats in Lodi

A new ice cream shop aims to bring a taste of the Hawaiian islands to Lodi.

Posted: March 25, 2016
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Eat, drink and be festive

Celebrating the valley’s bounty with a Wine and Food Festival

Posted: March 25, 2016
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Friday 03/18/2016
Creating a vegetarian ceviche with cauliflower

Vanessa Romo is a former CRC student of mine who has since transferred to CSU Sacramento to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Not only does she love to learn about nutrition and apply that knowledge to the food choices she makes, but searching for healthy recipes online to try is one of her favorite hobbies. She has inspired her family and friends to make better food choices and plans to pursue a career in nutrition so she help even more people. Vanessa explains, “I honestly think that without health, life is very limited. Being sick can hold back people from doing so many things they desire and nutrition plays such a critical role in experiencing optimal health.” 

Posted: March 18, 2016
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Friday 06/05/2015
Lodi to host first craft beer festival

Want to try new releases from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma? What about a cold, sweet cider by Crispin? Or, to sip the wares of our local brewers, a glass of beer from Lodi Beer Co. or The Dancing Fox?

Posted: June 05, 2015
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Friday 05/29/2015
Creating bold Zinfandels sourced from Lodi grapes

The Holdeners, Tim and Lani, bought their Acampo home 22 years ago, intending to fix it up and make a quick sale. Instead, that home has become Macchia Winery, known around the Lodi Appellation for its variety of bold Zinfandels and dedication to a hands-on winemaking process.

Posted: May 29, 2015
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Friday 05/08/2015
Sons of the Dancing Fox are brewing craft beer

The quaint eatery on School Street is known for decadent brunches, breads and pastries baked on site and a robust line of wines. But the Dancing Fox is now offering a new libation made in-house: Craft beers.

Posted: May 08, 2015
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Friday 04/24/2015
Lodi wine in sweet ice cream form

It is sweeter than ice cream, and colder than a chilled glass of wine.

Posted: April 24, 2015
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Friday 04/17/2015
Serendipitous Shipwrecked wine crashes into Lodi glasses

What do a Nashville country duo and a 140 year old shipwreck have in common?

Posted: April 17, 2015
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Friday 04/03/2015
Celebrating Easter in Sweden

Every Thursday before Easter in Sweden, my sister Irene and I would put on our most darling spring dresses, tie aprons around our waists, put colorful shawls on our heads to protect our ears from the still chilly early spring air, and find our mom’s broom. Then our mom would break out her make-up kit, kneel in front of us and paint our cheeks rosy pink, and dot freckles all over our tiny faces.

Posted: April 03, 2015
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Twisted Barrel: Home winemakers go boutique

In a corporate plaza just across the way from St. Amant Winery, two friends have turned a series of enthusiastic home winemaking projects into an official winery enterprise.

Posted: April 03, 2015
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Friday 03/06/2015
Klinker Brick Winery: Family, flavor and legacy

Family-owned Klinker Brick Winery is located on Alpine Road just past a short dirt path, with the family’s clinker brick home right beside the winery.

Posted: March 06, 2015
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Friday 01/30/2015
Durst Winery features a casually rustic atmosphere in rural Acampo

Note: The photographs of Durst Winery were taken by Bea Ahbeck Casson.

Posted: January 30, 2015
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Friday 12/19/2014
Pondl Winery: Whimsical vintage vibe in a purple barn

Want to enjoy a glass of wine with a pin-up model? Or maybe go tasting with a classy lady and gent from 1950s Dublin, Ireland?

Posted: December 19, 2014
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Friday 11/28/2014
Generations of farming led to Oak Farm Vineyards

At the end of a crunchy gravel driveway on Devries Road, an old farmhouse dating back to 1864 is waiting. The land surrounding it has been steadily farmed since at least the mid 1800s, mostly with cattle.  

Posted: November 28, 2014
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Friday 06/06/2014
Lucas Winery hosts special event

Winemakers Heather Pyle-Lucas and Dave Lucas hosted a special event last weekend at The Lucas Winery on Davis Road.

Posted: June 06, 2014
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Friday 04/04/2014
Kidder Family Winery blends fruit-heavy reds in Lodi barn

Take a turn off Jack Tone Road onto Victor, and it’s just a few moments before a behemoth of a blue barn comes into view.

Posted: April 04, 2014
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Saturday 03/15/2014
Fields Family: Hands-off approach works for wines that focus on vineyards

One Lodi winery is committed to a no-frills vibe for their estate tasting room. It’s one wall of the stark warehouse where Fields Family Wines crushes and ages their vino, just steps from the barrel storage area next door.

Posted: March 15, 2014
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Friday 03/07/2014
New life in new location for Country Cafe in Lockeford

Lisa Pollard doesn’t own horses or cattle. She’s never rounded up a herd to bring them into the barn at the end of the day. But her Country Cafe, at a new location in Lockeford, is decked out in cowboy kitsch. The walls are adorned with wooden squares burned by local rancher’s brands, and photographs of rodeos from years gone by.

Posted: March 07, 2014
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