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by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML
Back from the Brink – Part 1 | Lodi Wine Demands Respect
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What would you do if your boss quit half-way through the biggest project you and your team ever undertook? You know, that dream project? The dream that turns into a nightmare overnight?
You empty spit buckets (247) you hand-wash glasses (3,000) you set & remove linen (262 changes), and haul ice (104 bags).
Oh, yeah. You also grip and grin your way through a pre- & and a post-con excursion, an opening reception, eighteen winery excursions, and one closing dinner.
You introduce ~300 well-lubricated wine scribes to over 100 Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian varietals thriving in Lodi’s diverse soils and microclimates. You trek them to view vines over 100 years old, and family wineries spanning five and six generations.
You laugh at least a thousand times. You cry as many tears, if not more. You hug your neighbors and friends and tell each other ‘Everything’s gonna be alright.”
And it is. It’s more than alright.
It’s simply spectacular.
I arrived in Lodi with a preconceived notion – viz., Lodi as the Rodney Dangerfield of California wine regions, home of over-ripe zin and little more.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
Lodi is the Tony Bennett of California wine regions – a legend.
And like any legend, Lodi just gets better with age, like its vines.
I get it now.
Lodi demands respect.
It has mine.
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