Lodi’s amazing wine community is the focus of The Record’s From the Vine columns and podcasts, written and hosted by me – reporter Bob Highfill.

The podcasts are intended to expose the world to the incredible winegrowers, winemakers and winery principals working in the Lodi American Viticultural Area. The podcasts are casual interviews that are meant to be fun and informative. The From the Vine column runs every Wednesday in The Record and a new podcast is released every other Wednesday. The column and podcasts are available at There also is a From the Vine group page at that celebrates the wine enthusiasts and hard-working people who make the Lodi AVA so awesome.


Check out the podcasts below!

The Rous Vineyard in Acampo is one such vineyard, planted in 1909 to Zinfandel in sandy soil so fine, it’s powdery. This venerated site of head-trained vines registered by the Historic Vineyard Society predates World War I and has survived Prohibition and critters, and has withstood disease threats and past neglect. Nothing has stopped this powerhouse… Click here for the full article.

Aaron Shinn grows premium winegrapes in Lodi for Round Valley Ranches and his own company, Shinn Farms. Shinn manages some of Lodi’s top premier vineyards, including the Cemetery Vineyard, a 7-acre parcel that produces Zinfandel for some of the region’s most-acclaimed wineries… Click here for the full article.

Susan Tipton started Acquiesce Winery after falling in love with a white wine that came from Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhone of France. Inspired to replicate that style of wine, she planted white Rhone varietals on her and husband Rodney Tipton’s estate in Acampo and opened Acquiesce Winery in 2012… Click here for the full article.

Susana Rodriguez Vasquez has been the head winemaker at Peltier Winery in Lodi since 2016 and works with growers/owners Gayla and Rodney Schatz… Click here for the full article.

Rachele and Mitch Spaletta who grew up in Stockton and Lodi, respectively, started Intercoastal Vineyards in 2016… Click here for the full article.

Mark Chandler is a winegrower, educator, businessman and politician perhaps best-known for his 20 years as the executive director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission… Click here for the full article.

Adam Mettler was named Winemaker of the Year in 2018 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the latest in a growing list of accolades for the 40-year-old Lodi native and winemaker for Michael David Winery and Mettler Family Vineyards… Click here for the full article.

David Lucas is one of Lodi’s boutique winery pioneers. The Southern California native opened The Lucas Winery in 1978 and has crafted with his wife Heather Pyle uncompromising single-vineyard Zinfandel, ZinStar, and Chardonnay in the Burgundian style… Click here for the full article.

Markus Bokisch talks about the wine journey he and wife Liz have taken, their deep attachment to the grapes and wines of the Iberian Peninsula, and Bokisch Vineyards’ future plans… Click here for the full article.

LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards in Acampo, California, has released five single-variety, single-vineyard wines from estate properties in Lodi and Clarksburg… Click here for the full article.

Visalia native Chad Joseph has been an integral part of the Lodi scene for more than two decades as a winemaker and consultant for such renowned wineries as Harney Lane, Oak Farm Vineyards and Dancing Coyote… Click here for the full article.

Brothers Steve and William Carson opened Drava Wines about three years ago in Lodi, crafting small lots from some of the appellation’s top growers. Each year, they have brought different wines to the market… Click here for the full article.

Lodi residents Ali and Bob Colarossi, owners of Estate Crush Winery, were instrumental in starting the Amgen Tour of California, now celebrating its 14th year as the second largest cycling race in the world behind only the Tour de France… Click here for the full article.

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