Randy Caparoso:

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About me

Occupation Wine Journalist; Wine Country Photographer; Restaurant Wine Consultant
Location Lodi, California, U.S. Outlying Islands
Introduction "I fought against the bottle," as Leonard Cohen wrote, "but I had to do it drunk." Randy Caparoso is a full-time wine journalist/photographer living in Lodi, California, and the author of "Lodi! The Definitive Guide and History of America's Largest Winegrowing Region" (2021). In another life, 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. Accolades include 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 the Caparoso Wines label as a wine producer. For over 20 years, he also bylined a biweekly wine column for 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, and spend most of his time as freelance blogger and social media director for Lodi Winegrape Commission (lodiwine.com).
Interests Besides wine, food, Vietnamese coffee and sleep: kids and grandkids; San Antonio Spurs; mysteries, thrillers and the occasional sci-fi or fantasy fiction
Favorite Movies There Will Be Blood, Ghost Dog; Ghost World; The Age of Innocence; The Music Man (1962 version); Kill Bill (Vol. 1); Monty Python's Life of Brian; Eat Drink Man Woman; Der Blaue Engel; On the Waterfront; East of Eden; Best Years of Our Lives; The Big Lebowski, About Time
Favorite Music Timeless jazz (Billie, Louie, Duke, Ella, etc.); timeless rock (re Pretenders, Beatles, The Who, Sublime, Beachboys, etc.); men with scratchy voices (Cash, Dylan, Cohen, Haggard, Reed, etc.); women with even deeper, scratchier voices (Cat Power, Holly Golightly, Holly Cole, Dietrich, Cline, Springfield, Nico, Feist, Peyroux, Krall, et al.), Hawaiian; Cajun-Zydeco; guajira; calypso y bomba; early reggae
Favorite Books Nabokov's Ada and Lolita; Borges' Ficciones and Labyrinths; Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters; Tolstoy's Anna Karenina; Block's Hit Man series; Chandler's The Big Sleep; MFK Fisher's Consider the Oyster; Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route; Herbert's Dune; Thurber's My Life and Hard Times; Barthelme's Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts; Lynda Barry's The Good Times Are Killing Me; Kate Atkinson's Life After Life