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Can we stop talking about Zinfandel being too high in alcohol?

Can we stop talking about Zinfandel being too high in alcohol?

In a post that popped up on the multiple “Best Wine Blog” Award winning Terroirist site last week, contributor Isaac James Baker commented on six 2012 Lodi AVA grown Zinfandels produced under the Lodi Native banner: “Tasting all six together, I was stunned by the tremendous variation in flavors and textures, and found it fascinating to dissect my perceptions of each wine.

“Collectively, these are some of the most thought-provoking Zinfandels I’ve tasted in a very long time. They’re deep, complex, lingering, surprisingly elegant and quite food-friendly. They comprise a master class in old vine Lodi Zinfandel.”... Read More

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Police: UFC's Nick Diaz arrested for suspected DUI, destruction of evidence


A well-known UFC fighter was arrested in Lodi on suspicion of driving under the influence and other allegations Saturday morning, police said.

Nick Diaz, 31, was pulled over in his vehicle on the 600 block of E. Pine Street just before 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 6. The officer who made the traffic stop gave Diaz the choice of a breath or blood alcohol test, according to police Lt. Steve Maynard.

Diaz chose the breath test. Maynard said Diaz said he needed to use the city jail restroom before being tested. When in the restroom, Maynard said Diaz tried to vomit in an attempt to get rid of the "evidence."

Diaz is also facing attempted destruction of evidence, obstructing a police investigation and driving on a suspended license.

He was released later from jail. It wasn't clear when he would be formally charged.

Stockton Symphony's season launches this Saturday with Cirque de la Symphonie

Stockton Symphony's season launches this Saturday with Cirque de la Symphonie

The Stockton Symphony kicks off their new season this Saturday (9/13) with the return of Cirque de la Symphonie for two new performances. The company wowed Stockton in their debut performance in September 2012 with a “Cirque” style show, complete with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen performing to orchestral works selected by Maestro Peter Jaffe. The company has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Boston Pops, to name but a few. The concerts, performed September 13 at 6 pm and Sunday, September 14 at 2:30 pm in the Atherton Autidtorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus (5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton) , still have seats available. www.StocktonSymphony.org  

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Join in the 21st Annual General Mills Trix Run and 4th Health and Wellness Family Festival

Join in the 21st Annual General Mills Trix Run and 4th Health and Wellness Family Festival

The 4th Annual Health and Wellness Family Festival and 21st Annual Trix Run is set to happen at Lodi Lake on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

The festival will start off with the General Mills 21st Annual Trix Run — a 5K run and family walk around Lodi Lake. It is scheduled to take place at 9:00 AM with registration available on-line at http://trixfunrun.generalmills.com/ and/or active.com. Runners, walkers, and kids are welcome to join the fun. A special “Trix is for Kids” quarter- and half-mile fun run for kids ages 6-12 will take place at 10:15 AM.

New at this year’s event will be a Cereal Bar and Cereal Contest will take place with cereals being provided by General Mills. Several types of cereal will be available for everyone to enjoy from 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  The local Starbuck’s will provide free coffee to everyone, too!

50th Annual Industrial & Technology BBQ Honors 23 Companies

50th Annual Industrial & Technology BBQ Honors 23 Companies

At least 300 people turned out to celebrate companies including Amazon for its new fulfillment Center in Tracy with more than 1,000 employees, Trinchero Family Estates for a $300 million expansion of its Lodi winery and Delicato Family Vineyards, the Manteca- area winery that has been here for more than 90 years.

Nine companies that been in operation in San Joaquin County for 50 or more years were honored at the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce 50th Annual Industrial & Technology Barbeque last night at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. Fourteen companies that recently located to or expanded in the county will also be honored. Pacific Gas & Electric Company presented a special "Green Award" to Wilmar Oils & Fats LLC; recognizing the company's recent efforts in energy efficiency through the installation of eight energy efficiency measures to reduce the plants electricity and natural gas consumption.