sanluisobispo---Copy.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
It's Giving Tuesday. Donate and nominate a nonprofit to win a $1,000 media grant from KCBX.

Organic 100 year-old Lodi, California Zinfandel vines at solar-powered Lucas Winery

Heather Pyle-Lucas and David Lucas at their Lodi Lucas Winery
Thomas Wilmer
/

When David and his wife, Heather Pyle-Lucas started their commercial Lucas Winery 38 years ago Lodi’s Zins were known as high-alcohol rocket-fuel concoctions. That’s all history today and David and Heather were pioneers in the evolution of Lodi, California wines by crafting extraordinarily well-balanced and complex estate-grown Zinfandel and locally sourced Chardonnay. Come along and join the conversation as Heather and David share their incredible journey as Lodi growers and producers.

A ride that started for David at Cal Poly State University, and a stint in Iran in the foreign service.

organic grown Zin with grape press in foreground at Lucas Winery Lodi, California
Credit Thomas Wilmer
/
organic grown Zin with grape press in foreground at Lucas Winery Lodi, California

For Heather, the art of crafting fine wines was nurtured at U.C. Davis. Both worked for Robert Mondavi for more than a decade, Heather as winemaker of premium wines, and David managing grape growing production. 

Lodi Wine Trail sign in Lodi, California
Credit Thomas Wilmer
/
Lodi Wine Trail sign in Lodi, California

Both are ardent stewards of the environment and their estate-grown grapes are COOF Organic Certified, and their winery is 100% solar powered.

Lucas Winery entry Lodi, California
Credit Thomas Wilmer
/
Lucas Winery entry Lodi, California
wilmer-1_2_1.png
Credit Kornreich Design San Luis Obispo
/

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: 

Follow Tom on Social Media
Twitter: TomCWilmer

Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer

Facebook

Linkedin

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer 2016 Lowell Thomas Award
Credit SATW Foundation
/
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer 2016 winner

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.