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Bokish Vineyards—Lodi’s Spanish-Varietals pioneer

Liz Bokish in Bokish Vineyards tasting room Lodi, California
Thomas Wilmer

Lodi California grape growers and winemakers, Marcus and Liz Bokish pioneered the introduction of Spanish grape varieties in the region. Their first experimental plantings of Tempranillo, Albariño, and Graciano back in 1999 were wildly successful, and Spanish varieties are now an integral part of the Lodi grape growing and winemaking landscape. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Marcus and Liz at the Bokish Vineyards Lodi tasting room.

Bokish Vineyards’ library has expanded to nine Spanish varieties, including Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca, Monestrell, and Verdelho. 

Marcus Bokish (L) talks with Chicago based culinary writer, David Hammond
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Marcus Bokish (L) talks with Chicago based culinary writer, David Hammond

Central to the Bokish mission is sustainable Lodi Rules and organic growing practices. As a testimonial of what others think of their wines, Bokish received two Golds at the SF International Wine Competition 2016, and a Gold at theSunset International Wine Competition 2016 for their Terra Alta Albariño. 

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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.
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