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AMERICAN WINE TRAIL } OAK RIDGE WINERY Better with Age Oak Ridge Winery’s varietals have earned it a place among California’s top winemakers. HISTORY: Oak Ridge Winery is Lodi, Calif.’s oldest winery, which helps it produce award-winning varietals. C O M PA N Y P R O F I L E OAK RIDGE WINERY HEADQUARTERS: Lodi, Calif. EMPLOYEES: 200 SPECIALTY: Zinfandel OAK RIDGE WINERY: “Each of our wines and our relationships reflect our passion, commitment to quality and uncompromising integrity.” see the opportunities for crafting great wines while settling down their roots in a nurturing environment.” S T R O N G F O U N D AT I O N F ounded more than 75 years ago, Oak Ridge Winery has grown to become a destination in the West Coast winemaking circuit, offering some of California’s top varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel. Located in Lodi, Calif., the winery capitalizes on the region’s “uniquely Mediterranean climate,” with warm days and cool nights that allow its grapes to thrive. Zinfandel is a particularly successful varietal in the Lodi region, where old vines – some more than 120 years old – yield modest amounts of fruit that add unique characteristics to the wine. The growers and winemakers throughout the region have made Lodi an American viticultural area with seven unique growing regions. The community’s commitment to sustainable agricultural practices helps to promote the entire California winemaking industry. “Our community includes multi-generational families of winemakers and growers,” Oak Ridge states. “The area also attracts a new generation of vintners who As Lodi’s oldest operating winery, Oak Ridge Winery has obtained a historical landmark designation, and remains a family owned and operated business. Wine grower Rudy Maggio and partners Don and Rocky Reynolds purchased Oak Ridge Winery in 2001 with clear goals in mind. “They had a vision that went well beyond dusting off a piece of local history,” the company states. “But, some things can’t be improved upon – like the building for Lodi’s first tasting room.” For nearly 25 years, visitors have tasted and purchased wines made in a converted 50,000-gallon redwood tank, Oak Ridge says. General Manager Nicholas Karavidas and Senior Winemaker Chue Her have set the winery on a path toward continued longevity. Today, Oak Ridge produces small lots of hand-crafted wine, and is perhaps best known for its signature Old Zin Vines, and also offers custom winemaking services to a continually expanding list of wineries. “Each of our wines and all of our relationships reflect our passion, commitment to quality and uncompromising integrity,” the company says. 36 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

Food and Drink - Spring 2011