Spring is upon us, the blossoms are bursting, so our items, we hope, reflect the lightness of the season.
They say Lodi vintners are face-to-face and customer friendly — the way Napa used to be.
Our front pager Tuesday focused on Dave Lucas and his crew teaching their customers how to prune grapes. We called Dave up to ask a few follow-up questions and right away he disclaimed any credit for the idea.
“It’s not novel. Jessie’s Grove has done it,” said Lucas. And he’s seen it done by wineries in France.
Still, Lodi vintners seem to have pride of place and an innate sense that engaging the consumer on a personal level is the right way to keep customers buying our wine.
And giving urbanites a farming experience should win support in other ways — less roadside dumping, support for ag-friendly laws and a popular understanding of the everyday challenges of farming.
”Those people vote. The more they understand about growing grapes, the better off we are,” Lucas said.
We applaud the strategy and the advantages farmers get with a personal touch — at the checkout counter and in the voting booth.
A band of doughty Woodbridge-area residents came to the rescue this week.
Seems two homeless cream-colored puppies had been roaming the area around Woodbridge Elementary School, stirring worries about their safety.
The puppies were cute but skittish, scampering away when residents tried to capture them.
So resident Judy Ball took action, spreading the word that a rescue attempt would be launched Wednesday night at the school’s playground, the pups’ favorite hangout.
Animal-lovers gathered, some friends, some neighbors, some perfect strangers.
They circled the playground fence, placing barriers at the places where the pups had managed to slip through before.
One pup was quickly captured. The other was nabbed, unharmed, after a chase.
Ball, active in animal rescue, volunteered to care for the dogs until they could be taken to a local shelter.
The pup-rescuers didn’t need city or county help. They didn’t sit back and wait for others to do the right.
They stepped up. They did the right thing.
“This was amazing,” Ball said. “It took a village to do this.”
How true — and how refreshing.