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Lodi, California growing grapes and tourism—a conversation with Mayor Mark Chandler

Lodi, California Mayor Mark Chandler
Thomas Wilmer
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Lodi, California’s Mayor Mark Chandler talks about Lodi’s 150-year history as a premier grape growing region. Chandler shares insights on “Lodi Rules” pioneering sustainable grape growing practices that became a national model, his roots at Cal Poly, water conservation and re-use, and moderating development.Discover why Lodi is a growing visitor destination for wine seekers and more.

Macchia Wines' elegant patio symbolizes Lodi's family owned wineries along the wine trail.
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Macchia Wines' elegant patio symbolizes Lodi's family owned wineries along the wine trail.

A graduate of Cal Poly State University, Chandler talks about how the university’s hands-on educational approach incubated his desire to become a grape grower.

Lodi's m2 Wines cuts a cutting-edge architectural accent along the Lodi Wine Trail
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Lodi's m2 Wines cuts a cutting-edge architectural accent to the family owned lexicon of wineries along the Lodi Wine Trail
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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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