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Randy Caparoso

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Randy Caparoso is a full-time wine journalist/photographer living in Lodi, California. In a prior incarnation, he was a multi-award winning restaurateur, starting as a sommelier in Honolulu (1978 through 1988), and then as Founding Partner/VP/Corporate Wine Director of the James Beard Award winning Roy’s family of restaurants (1988-2001), opening 28 locations from Hawaii to New York. While with Roy’s, he was named Santé’s first Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year (1998) and Restaurant Wine’s Wine Marketer of the Year (1992 and 1998). Between 2001 and 2006, he operated his own Caparoso Wines label as a wine producer. For over 20 years, he also bylined a biweekly wine column for his hometown newspaper, The Honolulu Advertiser (1981-2002). He currently puts bread (and wine) on the table as Editor-at-Large and the Bottom Line columnist for The SOMM Journal (founded in 2007 as Sommelier Journal), and freelance blogger and social media director for Lodi Winegrape Commission (lodiwine.com). You may contact him at randycaparoso@earthlink.net

The “Golden Rule”: Communicating Stories of Old Vines

Old vines are an essence of why great wines have always had an enduring appeal. By Randy Caparoso   Just minutes before the virtual awards webinar showcasing...

OpEd: They Did It All for the Love of Zin

At 2024 ZAP, it became clear that California Zinfandel has finally grown up By Randy Caparoso There is, undoubtedly, no organization that’s done more for a...

OpEd: What Dylan Has to Do with Mondavi, the History of...

When it comes to wine choice, consumers have always been more sophisticated than industry professionals.  By Randy Caparoso   I started out on Burgundy but soon hit...

Explaining the Victor Book Club

A legendary wine tasting experience discusses the merits of “natural wine.” By Randy Caparosso   The Lodi-based Victor Book Club has been around for less than five...

The Old Vine Registry — U.K.-Driven, Crowd-Sourced, Global Encompassing — Launches...

The Old Vine Registry endeavors to maintain a list that is "dynamic, alive, up-to-date, and growing." By Randy Caparoso   Last month, on June 26, 2023, The...

Terroir Is Truth: The Timeless Tutelage of Tchelistcheff (OpEd)

A writer remembers words of wisdom from a true winemaking legend. By Randy Caparoso   The late André Tchelistcheff, Beaulieu Vineyards' winemaker from 1938 to 1968, was...

Op Ed: Let’s Take a Breath Before Pushing the Panic Button...

The shrill talk about the American wine industry having a “problem” defies all logic and common sense. By Randy Caparoso   Like everyone else in the wine...

Op Ed: We Need to Talk About Wine in an Intelligent...

How can we end the dumbing down of wine conversations? By Randy Caparoso   Before you go jumping to conclusions about the nature of my incendiary question,...

Wine & Spirits 19th Annual Top 100 Tasting Returns to San Francisco on...

September 22nd - SAN FRANCISCO – Wine & Spirits Magazine’s celebrated Top 100 Tasting will return to San Francisco for its 19th edition on Thursday, October 13,...

Op Ed: Have Alternative Style Wines Become Tiresome?

Today's cutting-edge wines are more terroir-expressive than the usual commercial styles. What I don't get, though, is how formulaic it's all become.  By Randy Caparoso I...

Op Ed: Criticism of Organic or Sustainable Winegrowing Programs Adds to...

Are regional sustainable winegrowing certification programs a boon for the industry? By Randy Caparoso For the longest time, a certified USDA organic seal on a food...

Op Ed: Is the UK Wine Trade’s “The California List” a...

An outdated classification model will cause more problems than it solves. By Randy Caparoso Who doesn't love the UK wine trade? Most of us in U.S. wine-related...

Op Ed: What Do Wine Consumers Really Want?

They want what they want. —Randy Caparoso What do wine lovers want? On one hand, every other day there seems to be a new "natural wine bar"...

The Enduring Mythos of Wine

The wine world has always been full of myths—mystique and imagination play as big a part in our enjoyment of wines as facts and...

Op Ed: Wine Consumer Preferences Are a Reflection of the Industry

Consumers are not stupid. There, that's the crux of this entire op-ed. Although I do have something to add: If consumers are stupid, it's only...