The Lodi region of California has grown wine grapes for over a century. This history has both burnished and oxidized its reputation. Lodi has some name recognition, but for a specific niche: high octane zinfandel and bulk filler for the kings, queens, and princes to the west, nearer the cool coast. Both because of and despite this storied past, growers new and historic have reenergized the brand “Lodi” with forward-thinking varietal plantings that better explore the potential of the region, while also proudly staking their claim as the rightful heir of old, entish zinfandel vines. Aspiring, trailblazing, and even avante garde, some of these producers now explore a spectrum of wines from broad-shouldered and proud, to vivacious and crisp.
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