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Author, wine expert Oz Clarke talks Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:10 am, Sat Mar 5, 2011.

Oz Clarke's passion and friendly demeanor has helped him become one of the most widely known wine experts in the world. The author of multiple books, including "Let Me Tell You About Wine" and "Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure" visited wineries around Lodi with other writers from the United Kingdom this week and spent Thursday evening winetasting at Wine & Roses Spa and Resort. The animated critic is known for his candid reviews and an aversion to stuffy wine snobs.

In a lightly edited interview, Clarke talked about what he likes about Lodi wine and what the region can build on.

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  • roy bitz posted at 8:28 pm on Mon, Mar 7, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    It amazes me that all Lodi wines command above average prices here in Lodi. It's all good--and I hope it never ends.

  • Sam Heller posted at 5:28 pm on Mon, Mar 7, 2011.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Mr Chaney, you claim Phillips is your wine of choice. I thought you said you do not drink? Have you ever sampled a Van Ruitten or a Lucas or an Onus or a D'art ... or ANY OTHER LOCAL WINES ? Your comment is rude and unsubstantiated.

    As for Lodi grape growers, I think they are amazing farmers who use as little chemicals as possible.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:33 am on Mon, Mar 7, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Lodi produces generic wines that are grown in vineyards contaminated with chemicals by the same interests that turn out the same old generic cheap wines. When you can distinguish your products like Michael-David vineyards, maybe someday Lodi can become a destination other than "stuck in Lodi" again.

  • Tom Hoffman posted at 7:59 am on Sun, Mar 6, 2011.

    Tom Hoffman Posts: 3

    The interesting thing about wine experts is they all have differing opinions. Much of what Oz says here is very contrary to current trends that I see. But the wine "landscape" is driven by things that are out of our control, from pressure points that come from multiple directions and drive decisions one way today and another way in a year. Who knows? He may be right.

  • posted at 10:49 pm on Sat, Mar 5, 2011.


    Pretty realistic, solid advice. Thanks for taking the time to attend the tasting and capture the thoughts of Oz, Jordan!



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