January 28th, 2005

red wine

Lodi's 750 Growers

Vintage Lodi: Region boasts of major strides in wine industry
By Mike Lee, Sacramento Bee

LODI - David Lucas did the unthinkable when he opened his boutique winery 26 years ago on an anonymous sliver of farmland south of Sacramento.

He put the Lodi location on his wine labels.

The farm town was virtually unknown outside the Central Valley despite its long history of growing wine grapes.

"Everybody said I was nuts," recalled Lucas. "Everybody said put 'California' or put 'America' or put 'world' but - for God's sake - don't put 'Lodi.' "
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