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Monday, 05 February 2018 20:09

What Makes Lodi Zinfandel Different?

A Randy Caparoso Conversation with Mike McCay

In our second interview conducted this past January during the Grand Tasting/Zinfandel Experience put on by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) in San Francisco, we sat down with Michael McCay, owner/grower/winemaker of Lodi’s McCay Cellars.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:43

Brown in the Valley

By Steven Tincher

January 3, 2017 – It’s winter in the Sacramento valley. The sky is gray and much of the land is brown, especially as there has been little rain.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:51

2017 Silvaspoons Verdelho Harvest

By Randy Caparoso

6:30 AM, this past Tuesday, August 22 in Lodi’s Alta Mesa appellation: Ron Silva’s harvest crew had already filled three half-ton macro-bins of just-picked Silvaspoons Vineyards Verdelho – green tinted golden, oval shaped orbs of tropical fruit sensations, zapped with palate slaking, lemon-lime acidity.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 05:18

The Bakersfield Sound

TASTE News Service, July 18, 2017 - In the 1950's and 60's Bakersfield became an unlikely birthplace for a new sound – The Bakersfield Sound.

Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:58

Wine Pick of the Week

Corbett Canyon Merlot Picmonkey

NV Merlot (non vintage)


Corbett Canyon


Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $10?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:37

Beer Pick of the Week

Dust Bowl ChangeOrder Bottle Picmonkey

Change Order


Dust Bowl Brewing

Turlock, California

Style: IPA

Alcohol: 7%

IBUs: 80

Serving style: kegs and 12-oz bottles

Availability: Year round in Central Valley of California and some beyond

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:57

Michael David donates to the Animals

TASTE News Service, January 25, 2017 -- Michael David Winery is donating $25,000 to PAWS (The Performing Animal Welfare Society) in hopes that it will bring awareness and education to this great organization.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:34

Vince Petrucci Leaves International Legacy

(December 27, 2016) — Dr. Vincent Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at California State University, Fresno, is remembered today by University President Joseph I. Castro as “an extraordinarily talented man who shared his special gifts as a Fresno State professor by educating new generations of viticulture and winemaking leaders.”

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:55

October 14, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

FreakshowRed 900 Picmonkey

2014 Freakshow Red


Michael David Winery


Alcohol: 15.5%

Suggested Retail: $20

Sunday, 10 April 2016 16:06

April 8, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Twisted Monk bottle Picmonkey

Twisted Monk


Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

Turlock, CA

Style: Belgian-style Abbey Ale

Alcohol: 7.7%


Serving style: 22-ounce bottles

Availability: Spring seasonal in Northern California

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