Thursday, June 28, 2007

Lodi Wine Country

For many people, all they know about Lodi, California is the reference Creedence Clearwater Revival made to it when they sung, "stuck in ole Lodi again."

For most wine aficionados, Lodi was not a wine region they sought out. For most of its grape-growing history, the overwhelming majority of grapes grown in Lodi were sold to large winemakers who used them in producing lower-priced "California" wines.

But all of this is changing. Downtown Lodi is a pleasant place to walk around. One can stroll down tree-lined School Street, eat some good food, and visit a few shops and galleries.

Many of the growers have opened wineries and are producing well-crafted, varietal-specific wines. The area is best known for Zinfandel, but growers are experimenting with other grapes to see what grows best in the region.

If you want to visit Lodi, there are over 20 wineries with tasting rooms. Some are open daily while others are only open on weekends. A good place to start your visit is the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, operated by the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. The Center has exhibits on grape growing and wine making in the area. It also houses a tasting room where you can taste wines produced by area wineries that do not have their own tasting rooms. The Commission's website,, is an excellent resource to help you plan your winetasting visit. The Center is located at 2545 W. Turner Road on the grounds of the Wine and Roses Hotel.

Lodi is about two-hours from San Francisco. You can easily make it a stop on your way to Gold Country or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For more information on Lodi, visit the Lodi Conference and Visitor's Bureau's website:

If you would like to take a private tour to Lodi, please feel free to contact me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.


dandelion said...

I will be in Lodi on Dec.16,2007. Are the wineries open in winter? Can you reccommend the ones I don't want to miss?


Rick said...

Wineries are open in the winter. I have not been to many wineries so can't so which ones are not to miss. However, Michael and David is fun. Enjoy your visit.