Monday, September 30, 2013 1:17 pm
There are few people who can look at a piece of discarded wood fallen from a tree and see its potential. Could new life breathed into it turn the piece into a bowl? Might it become a one-of-a-kind platter?
Friday, September 20, 2013 8:05 am
A sense of heritage runs deep at Tom Hoffman’s vineyards. He makes his living off land that has been in his family for five generations. But instead of the hogs, peaches and cherries his predecessors raised, Hoffman grows grapes for Gallo, Bear Creek Winery, and his own Heritage Oak label.
Tom Hoffman, owner of Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo, uses a hydrometer to measure the sugar content of freshly crushed zinfandel grapes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Tom Hoffman is the owner and winemaker of Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Tom Hoffman, owner of Heritage Oak Winery, stirs a container of crush zinfandel grapes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:47 pm
Lodi’s reputation as a wine hub is growing far and wide. But until this year, the biggest community event of the year didn’t include any wine tasting opportunities.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:38 pm
I want to welcome all of you to this year’s Lodi Grape Festival. As you can see in this publication, there are a lot of exciting things going on at the fair. Our ultimate goal of the event is to promote agriculture with a focus on grapes.
Each food concession at the fair has been asked to sell an item with grapes in it; please try these new items. We have also added the Wine Cellar with four wine tasting sessions.
The Visit Lodi! Conference and Visitors Bureau honored Ken Nieland, left, as Tourism Advocate of the Year and Heritage Oak Winery as Winery of the Year at its tourism luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Tom Hoffman, right, and his wife Carmela Hoffman, center, are co-owners of Heritage Oak.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 am
Former Micke Grove Zoo director Ken Nieland and Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo were honored for their contributions to the community at Tuesday’s tourism luncheon, sponsored by the Visit Lodi! Conference and Visitors Bureau.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:00 am
Ken Nieland, president of the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association, and Heritage Oak Winery will be honored for their contributions to Lodi tourism efforts at the seventh annual tourism luncheon on May 7.
Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 am
Wine seems to be the top way Lodi community leaders promote the city and nearby rural areas, but on May 7, you'll find out what else Lodi has to offer.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:09 pm
Dressed in blue jeans, a plaid shirt and a fleece vest, a slight man stood on the edge of a path overlooking a Mokelumne River trying to persuade a ruby crown kinglet to come closer.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am
The two incumbents and challenger running for two seats on the Lodi City Council have all raised thousands of dollars.
Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00 am
The San Joaquin County Planning Commission approved a request from a Lodi winery to hold more marketing events each year.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 am
Now that the San Joaquin County Planning Commission approved the expansion of a pair of wineries two weeks ago, two more Lodi-area wineries want to expand their offerings.
A public hearing will be held Thursday in Stockton.
Viaggio Estate & Winery, located on Taddei Road in Acampo, wants to operate a large agricultural store with a deli that includes indoor seating at its existing winery.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:00 pm
Dear Fairgoers: Welcome to the 75th Anniversary of the Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair. This years’ Fair is a wonderful celebration of the rich history and traditions of the annual event. There are a lot of new exhibits and attractions at the fair, including the Festival Queen and Princess reunion, Super Science, the Amazing Rain Forest Experience, the Lodi Serpentarium display and educational area, WOW Museum exhibit, the Amazing Kenyan Acrobats, the Clark Pest Control Bug Zoo and so much more.
Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:00 am
It's a secret, quiet oasis where local residents can stroll
under large live oak trees and carry an inner-tube out to the
slow-moving Mokelumne River. But most people do not know about this
nature trail where large bucks and wild turkeys roam, and bat and
owl boxes dot the landscape.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:08 am
The tables were set with white linens, wine glasses and
silverware for five courses. The band, the San Francisco-based
Grupo Buongiorno, started the evening with signature flamenco,
bossa nova and samba. And about 240 men and women, dressed in bow
ties and evening dresses, filled Hutchins Street Square for one of
Lodi’s biggest art, wine and food fundraisers.
Friday, October 7, 2011 12:00 am
Michael McCay’s passion is wine. The owner and lead winemaker at
McCay Cellars enjoys cultivating and crafting various varietals,
and his vision is being embraced by critics and consumers alike.
Not only can his wines be found on the menus of upscale
restaurants, but wine publications and enthusiasts are raving about
Monday, October 3, 2011 12:00 am
Mark Armstrong feels it is important to support agriculture,
because it is what drives the economy. San Joaquin County is
crucial to the agricultural production of the United States, and
without it, he said, our area is dead. In support of local
agriculture, he has served as manager of the Lodi Grape Festival
for the past 19 years.
Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:18 pm
On behalf the entire Lodi Grape Festival Association, I would
like to invite you to join us at the 2011 Lodi Grape Festival. The
Festival is a longtime tradition in Lodi and we feel we have put
together the best fair ever! Come and enjoy this great family event
complete with a huge carnival, food, grape murals, reptile
exhibits, arts, photography, rose show, vendors, displays and so
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 am
When you meet Tom Hoffman, owner/winemaker of Heritage Oak
Winery, you can’t help but be struck by his pensive nature and the
steely will of someone cognizant of a family legacy of farming in
the Lodi region since 1868.
Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00 am
It's been over a year since Boy Scout Troop 291 discovered the
devastating news that they had been the victim of embezzlement. All
their hard-earned money for summer camps and the National Jamboree
was lost. It was heartbreaking, but today it has a happy
Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:13 pm
Even though Lodi is home to scores of wineries, it’s a
well-known fact that wine isn’t for everyone. Some people would
rather enjoy a dose of local history, while others like to peruse
Fortunately, Lodi has no shortage of side activities to placate
non-drinkers as their friends test the area’s vintages.
Monday, February 14, 2011 5:24 pm