- June 28, 2017California Wineries Offer Top Wine and Food Experiences Year-Round
- June 08, 2017Winery Concerts, Festivals, Picnics and More: Great Ways to Experience California Wine Country this Summer
- May 02, 20172016 California Wine Sales in U.S. Hit New Record: 238 Million Cases with Retail Value of $34.1 Billion
- April 06, 2017Winners Announced for Third Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards
- March 27, 2017Raise a Glass to "Green" California Wines During Down to Earth Month in April
- March 09, 2017Explore California’s Wine Regions on the Rise
- February 14, 2017California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016
- January 05, 2017Explore Southern California on a California Wines Road Trip
- December 14, 2016Explore the Inland Valleys on a California Wines Road Trip
- November 15, 2016California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Receives Drinks Business 2016 Green Award
- November 01, 2016Explore Monterey County on a California Wines Road Trip
- October 19, 20162016 California Winegrape Harvest: Early, Normal Yield, Exquisite Quality
- October 12, 2016Explore Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo on a California Wines Road Trip
- September 29, 2016Explore Santa Barbara on a California Wines Road Trip
- August 18, 2016Cheers to California Wine Month this September
- August 04, 2016California Wine Shows Strength in Challenging Economy: 2015 Annual Economic Impact Grows to $57.6 Billion in California, $114.1 Billion in U.S.
- July 11, 20162015 California Wine Sales in U.S. Hit $31.9 Billion Retail Value, 12% increase since 2010
- June 28, 2016Explore Santa Cruz Mountains on a California Wines Road Trip
- June 02, 2016California Wine Country and National Parks Centennial: The Perfect Summer Travel Pairing
- May 19, 2016Explore Livermore on a California Wines Road Trip
- May 02, 2016Second Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards Announced
- March 24, 2016Celebrate California Sustainable Winegrowing During Down to Earth Month in April
- March 15, 2016Explore the Sierra Foothills on a California Wines Road Trip
- February 29, 2016California Wine Exports Set Record in 2015: Worldwide Demand Grows, Despite Strong Dollar
- February 16, 2016Explore Lodi on a California Wines Road Trip
- January 20, 2016Explore Lake County on a California Wines Road Trip
- December 03, 2015Explore Napa Valley on a California Wines Road Trip
- November 12, 2015Explore Sonoma County on a California Wines Road Trip
- October 15, 20152015 California Winegrape Harvest: Early, Light and Exceptional Quality
- October 13, 2015Explore Mendocino County on a California Wines Road Trip
Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country
SAN FRANCISCO—California’s many scenic wine regions offer an array of experiences and wines to enjoy. To help visitors explore them all, Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights a different region each month. For February, visitors are invited to discover Lodi, California.
Lodi has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in California, many dating back to the Gold Rush of 1849. Lodi’s wine industry continued to flourish through Prohibition, thanks to farmers who maintained their crops for legally sanctioned “home winemaking.” Today, Lodi is Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Wine Region of the Year and a leading producer of California’s top varieties. However, with over 100 varieties now in production, Lodi offers a vast portfolio of diverse and interesting wines, all of which thrive in the region’s Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights.
Wine consumers can reach Lodi by driving 45 minutes south of Sacramento or two hours northeast of San Francisco. Here are recommendations for enjoying Lodi Wine Country:
SIP: Visitors can choose among nearly 80 wineries in Lodi. Check out this printable map or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, picnic areas, food for purchase and more. A great way to start a Lodi wine road trip is to visit the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, which offers a tasting bar with a wide selection of local wines, an educational demonstration vineyard and a gift shop with handcrafted products. One can then set out to wine country from there.
STAY: The destination offers various accommodations for every budget, from charming B&Bs and hotels to motels and vacation homes – all located close to the historic downtown and area wineries.
PLAY: The Lodi Wine & Food Festival on April 2 is offering wine tasting and pairings, dishes from 15 local restaurants, olive oil tasting and the chance to meet the winemakers. The 12th annual Zinfest May 13-15 at Lodi Lake is a tasting of handcrafted Zinfandels and other wines from over 40 wineries, along with cooking and wine education classes. Celebrate the harvest with the Lodi Grape Festival on Sept. 15-18, featuring murals and competitive exhibits, carnival experiences, wine and food tastings and more
Surrounding Lodi wine country are thousands of acres of nature preserves—a river-rich basin and marshes that sustain hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. The Cosumnes River Preserve is a favorite among visitors and offers year-round hiking trails and an educational visitor center. Lodi Wine & River Tours lets guests glide down the beautiful Mokelumne River while sipping local wines and looking for wildlife. For those who’d rather stay on land, Lodi features a variety of zoos and museums, golfing, galleries and quaint downtown shopping.
MAKE: Those who like to get hands-on can take part in a variety of classes from art to cheese-making. The Lodi Community Art Center features art classes for adults and teens, while the Mudd Mill offers pottery painting classes for the family. Cheese Central designed its workshops for those who consider food a work of art, with instruction on how to make cheese, bread, pastas and more.
GROW: Closely identified with Zinfandel, Lodi is predominately a red winegrowing region, with approximately two-thirds of Lodi’s winegrape acreage dedicated to red varieties. Lodi’s winegrowers created the Lodi RulesTM program, which awards third-party certification for sustainable winegrowing practices to ensure green claims for vineyards are accurate and substantiated. And more than grapes grow in Lodi: each summer the Lodi Farmers Market takes place on Sundays, offering a cornucopia of fresh produce as well as baked goods, crafts, food vendors and live entertainment.
EAT: Lodi winery dinners and farm-to-fork experiences are abundant. Lodi restaurants offer visitors an abundance of dining options, from American to ethnic fusion menus.
For more fun facts about Lodi click here.
Visit discovercaliforniawines.com for information on wine regions, wines and wineries throughout the Golden State and for planning a trip to California wine country. California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of distinct wine regions, 137 American Viticultural Areas and 4,400 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries. See: wineinstitute.org.
Wine Institute Communications Dept.