KitchenCinco Press

LODI! The Definitive Guide and History of America's Largest Winegrowing Region 

By Randy Caparoso, with Foreword by Mike Dunne

Released in February 2022, this is the first book on Lodi winegrowing that lays out the facts and figures, tells the real story, and paints a vivid picture with huge, compelling photos. Besides over 400 photographs by the author, this large format (11.5 by 9.75 inches) book's 409 pages will feature the watercolor artistry of Lisa Nowlain, illustrating Lodi's sustainable flora and fauna. It is as much a book for wine scholars as it is for those who appreciate wine for the sheer love of it.

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From the Foreword by Mike Dunne (veteran wine journalist, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle):

"Almost a fifth of California’s wine grapes are harvested at Lodi each fall, including more than a third of its Zinfandel and almost a third of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet, Lodi also is the country’s most underappreciated wine region as gauged by such standards as price, tourism and restaurant wine lists.

"But this book will change that. LODI! represents a rare and timely meeting of the right person in the right place at the right time. The author, Randy Caparoso, has lived in Lodi only a decade, marking him forever as a newcomer in an enclave where grape-growing and winemaking families often go back four or five generations.

"But with a relentless curiosity, a knack for fluid and vibrant story-telling, and a talent for capturing photos worth twice the customary 1000 words, Randy has used his time wisely, drilling deep into Lodi’s wine culture — its history, challenges, personalities, pivotal place in California and accelerating evolution into the state’s most surprising and exciting grape-growing and winemaking territory. So eager was Randy to discover Lodi that when he moved there he lived his first five years in a cottage in the middle of a vineyard.

"LODI! is a logical outgrowth of Randy’s role as freelance blogger and social-media director for the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Over the past 10 years he has churned out a steady stream of enlightening and entertaining posts, photos, speeches and articles, all about Lodi’s vineyards and wines. With the speed and sharp eye of an owl patrolling a vineyard, he has used that perch for ready access to the sites, archives and key players that define Lodi as a fine-wine region, and now has assembled what he has gleaned into one smooth and authoritative narrative..."

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