LWC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

November 17th, 2016

Lodi Winegrape Commission Celebrates its 25th Anniversary The last five years have seen a tremendous swell of support and recognition for the Lodi wine region, most notable being the receipt of the coveted title of 2015 Wine Region of the Year from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This success could not have happened, however, without the dedication and vision of the region’s winegrowers and the grower-established and funded Lodi Winegrape Commission. Lodi’s…

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CDFA AWARDS ZINFANDEL GRANT

November 2nd, 2016
CDFA AWARDS ZINFANDEL GRANT

Specialty Crop Block Grant from CDFA Awarded to Zinfandel Advocates & Producers for Zinfandel: Stories of America’s Heritage Grape The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) recently announced the award of a Specialty Crop Block Grant in the amount of $256,291 from The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  The funds awarded during the next two years will support the association’s launch of a campaign called:  “Zinfandel: Stories of America’s…

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SELECTING A ROOTSTOCK FOR A WINEGRAPE VINEYARD

October 7th, 2016
SELECTING A ROOTSTOCK FOR A WINEGRAPE VINEYARD

For over 130 years, rootstocks have been available to protect grapevines form soilborne pests. From the beginning, rootstocks have displayed varying influences on the composite grapevine created by grafting. These include influences on grapevine growth, fruit yield, and other viticulturally important vine attributes. During this time, researchers have chronicled many rootstock influences in field trials and controlled environments, and the published record of their findings is extensive (see selected works…

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COMPARATIVE WINE GROWING CLIMATOLOGY

September 29th, 2016
COMPARATIVE WINE GROWING CLIMATOLOGY

Climate is of paramount importance to winegrape growing. The seasonal pattern of sunlight, temperature, rainfall, and humidity influences both above ground and below ground vineyard environments. It sets the length of growing seasons and influences the likelihood of cold damage. Climate is the principle driver of seasonal vine growth and development, including fruit ripening and the development of sensory characteristics in grapes. Almost as important, climate affects the incidence, life…

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6 PODCASTS for HARVEST-TIME

September 19th, 2016
6 PODCASTS for HARVEST-TIME

Long gone are the days when the daily newspaper was the main source of information for a community.  While the newspaper is still an excellent source of information and is fun to read, there now exists other outlets for staying connected and learning about the world.  One outlet in particular provides entertainment, convenience, and a sense of friendship to those spending long hours on the road or in the field: the PODCAST….

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LWC Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Bolton

September 12th, 2016
LWC Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Bolton

Press Release from Calhoun & Company: The Lodi Winegrape Commission, which represents over 750 winegrowers in the Lodi AVA, has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stephanie Bolton to Grower Communications & Sustainable Winegrowing Director. Bolton assumed her new role on August 15, 2016. In her position at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Bolton will provide targeted and daily support to Lodi winegrape growers in the areas of advanced grower education…

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WEATHER OUTLOOK and TOOLS

September 6th, 2016
WEATHER OUTLOOK and TOOLS

Long Range Outlook… Growers are probably wondering if this upcoming rainy season will be a benefit to the water picture for 2017. Present long range outlooks are calling for a weak La Nina to develop over the waters of the Equatorial Eastern Pacific this fall and remain in place at least through the winter months. These slightly cooler than normal conditions would be in sharp contrast to the moderate strength…

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VARIETY FOCUS: OPTIMIZING ZINFANDEL FOR RED WINE PRODUCTION

August 29th, 2016
VARIETY FOCUS:  OPTIMIZING ZINFANDEL FOR RED WINE PRODUCTION

Zinfandel is California’s winegrape variety and for over a century, Zinfandel has been at the heart of the Lodi, Sierra Foothill, and eastern Contra Costa County wine industries. Over the years, this versatile variety has lent itself to various grape and wine products to accommodate changing market conditions. A the same time, Zinfandel has made highly appreciated, darkly colored and full-bodied red wines with intense fruity flavors and aromas that…

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MAKING VINEYARD MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

July 14th, 2016
MAKING VINEYARD MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

At the most basic level, business management involves setting goals, planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.  Vineyard management, of course, is more complicated than this, especially given large amounts of borrowed capital, increasing regulations, rising investment per worker, intensifying needs for mechanization, the dynamics of the wine grape market, and the increasing sophistication of grape growing and expectations of grape buyers.  Also, unlike nonagricultural business endeavors, grape growers must positively…

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Fruit Set Factors

May 20th, 2016
Fruit Set Factors

Fruit set is the process in which flowers become fruit and potential fruit size is determined.  It occurs after pollen is released from male flower parts (anthers), lands on receptive female flower parts (stigmas), produces a tube that grows to the ovules, and fertilizes eggs contained in them.  Fertilized eggs form seeds, which induce surrounding (pericarp) tissues to grow and form a berry.  The size of the berry will be…

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