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LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

April 5th, 2018
LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 since June 1, 1999. During his nineteen years of service to the Commission, Spencer has led many of…

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 4TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA GREEN MEDAL: SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING LEADERSHIP AWARDS

March 29th, 2018
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 4TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA GREEN MEDAL: SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING LEADERSHIP AWARDS

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 (CSWA), California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and Vineyard Team. Four Green Medals are presented in the following categories: Leader, Environment,…

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HERE COMES THE MILDEW AGAIN: THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING POWDERY MILDEW IN THE ERA OF FUNGICIDE RESISTANCE

March 22nd, 2018
HERE COMES THE MILDEW AGAIN: THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING POWDERY MILDEW IN THE ERA OF FUNGICIDE RESISTANCE

Many felt like mildew was raining down last year and nothing they did would slow it down.  You might have heard of the results from our American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) funded research on DMI (FRAC 3) and strobulorins (FRAC 11) fungicide resistant powdery mildew and think/hope that this was the cause of all your problems. Well, that is probably not accurate.  In over 30 years of research, I have found…

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LODI AVA VINES & WINES REPORT RELEASED!

March 16th, 2018
LODI AVA VINES & WINES REPORT RELEASED!

MOST EXTENSIVE LODI “VINES AND WINES” REPORT JUST RELEASED! by International Wine Review. Towards the end of 2017, Lodi hosted the International Wine Review duo of Don Winkler and Mike Potashnik. These two worldly gentleman professionally and thoroughly study a wine region’s viticulture, wineries, people, history, and market issues in addition to tasting hundreds of wines in order to produce thorough reports. Their 65th Report, “The Vines and Wines of…

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ZINFEST 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!

March 8th, 2018
ZINFEST 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!

Vintner’s Grille Each year, the Lodi ZinFest’s Friday night Vintner’s Grille at the Lake is a special affair where you can mix and mingle with Lodi’s finest winemakers and growers, while watching the sun sink into Lodi Lake. Enjoy the region’s finest pairing of freshly prepared, local cuisine paired with the best of Lodi’s celebrated Old Vine Zinfandel! After dinner, treat your sweet tooth to an assortment of delectable treats from…

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VINEYARD DESIGN & MANAGEMENT FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY

February 22nd, 2018
VINEYARD DESIGN & MANAGEMENT FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY

  Management actions have two essential performance attributes – effectiveness and efficiency.  To achieve maximum effectiveness or impact, one must do the proper thing at the right time.  To achieve the maximum efficiency, one must have a marked positive impact with minimum waste in resources, including energy, materials, and labor.  Given that efficiency affects profitability and competitiveness, optimum efficiency ought to be a goal for all vineyard businesses. There are…

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KIDS EXPLAIN SUSTAINABILITY

February 18th, 2018
KIDS EXPLAIN SUSTAINABILITY

  This January, we had SO much fun filming 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 Charlie & Sandi Starr, Stanton & Caroline…

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BENEFICIAL INSECTS: why we love them & why you should too!

February 9th, 2018
BENEFICIAL INSECTS: why we love them & why you should too!

  From thoroughly studying the vine mealybug situation in Lodi, we’ve had the pleasure of learning a lot about beneficial insects.  They deserve so much more attention than they get, and here’s why. BENEFICIAL INSECTS: insects that help a farmer by parasitizing or preying on crop pests.   Here are five good reasons to LOVE beneficial insects in case you haven’t given them the time of day before: No. 1:  The…

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THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

January 26th, 2018
THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

    There are many ways to approach winegrape growing.  Dry farmed, irrigated, till, minimum till, no-till, conventional, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic to name a few. Yet, regardless of approach, some grape growers are more successful than others with regard to viticultural effectiveness, operational efficiency, and profitability.  What attributes make them so?  I believe there are at least four elements of successful vineyard management and they are the subjects of…

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LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

January 18th, 2018
LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program LODI RULES™ Goes International Israel’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries Achieve Historic Certification   January 18, 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 Mountain Winery of Israel have the first international vineyards certified sustainable…

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Event Calendar
  1. PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING & MEALYBUG TRAP WORKSHOP

    May 1 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
  2. REC COMM. MEETING

    May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm