Originally published by Randy Caparoso on July 16, 2018 at

Tempranillo is known by over a dozen synonyms in its native country of Spain. In Portugal’s Douro region, where it is used for Port, it is called Tinta Roriz. The name of the grape comes from the Spanish word temprano, for “early,” in reference to the fact


Originally published by Randy Caparoso on July 19, 2018 at
At the Lake County Sauvignon Blanc Experience event in May, the famous French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquotexplained that the name is derived from the French word sauvage; in reference to the grape’s tendency to grow wild or “untamed,” putting out a prolific amount of canes, leaves and fruit. While the

Can Flowers Really Be Eco-Friendly?

Originally published by Rachel Tepper Paley on February 13, 2018 at
While it may be fashionable to investigate the early childhood of your steak, when was the last time you probed your florist for the provenance of your peonies?
According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, the U.S. produced $374 million in wholesale cut stems in

Israeli Wineries Pioneering Environmentalism, Social Change and Diplomacy

Originally published by Eliana Rudee on August 7, 2018 at

With the rise to prominence of Israeli wine in the last few decades, Israeli wineries have branded themselves through unique initiatives created at the nexus of the Start Up Nation and the ancient Jewish tradition of winemaking.
Each presented their wine to the public at the

Lodi Winegrape Commission Announces New Executive Director

Originally published on April 5, 2018 at
The Lodi Winegrape Commission, representing more than 750 winegrape growers farming 110,000 acres which includes 85 wineries in the Lodi American Viticulture Area (AVA), has announced the appointment of Stuart Spencer as Executive Director, effective immediately.
Spencer was promoted from Program Manager for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, a position he has held

Winners Announced for Fourth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards

Article originally published at
SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The California Green Medal winners have been announced for the fourth annual Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards.  The California Green Medal recognizes the leadership of wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability and is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape

Covenant finds adventurous grapes for its premium kosher wines in Lodi

(originally published on on March 9, 2018)
Covenant finds adventurous grapes for its premium kosher wines in Lodi

Covenant owner Jeff Morgan doing the only thing he is allowed to do in his own kosher winery (clean-up!)
At Covenant Wines in Berkeley late last month (February 2018), winery owner Jeff Morgan laid out his two current Zinfandels, both grown in Lodi, on the table, and

Cliff Ohmart Retires from SureHarvest

(this story originally published here.)
Cliff Ohmart, original architect of LODI RULES and sustainability giant, announces his retirement by Randy Caparoso

Dr. Clifford P. Ohmart, early 2017

It is largely agreed, within the American winegrowing industry, that the Lodi Viticultural Area’s crowning achievement has been the establishment, in 2005, of LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing. What you might not know

Kids Explain Sustainability

This January, LODI RULES filmed a video where children and grandchildren of LODI RULES farmers and vintners explain SUSTAINABILITY. Watch ten adorable children, without any preparation, give incredibly insightful and often funny views on sustainability.
A special thanks to our wonderful, dedicated LODI RULES families who came together one Saturday afternoon to make this video a reality!  Thank you

Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program Lodi Rules™ Goes International

(Originally published on Wine Industry Advisor on January 17, 2018.)
Israel’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries Achieve Historic Certification
January 17, 2018, LODI, CA – The LODI RULES™ Sustainable Winegrowing Program, created by the Lodi Winegrape Commission and third-party certified by Protected Harvest, is making its first foray into the international market. Golan Heights Winery and subsidiary Galil