Happily Stuck in Lodi

This article is about the Lodi wine region. I will summarize the wonderful experience I had in Lodi for the Wine Bloggers Conference in pictures, featuring the many high quality wines I enjoyed while there.

Many people associate Lodi with zinfandel. That would be a fair association since Lodi produces some of the world’s finest zinfandel. But if that all you know about Lodi then you don’t know Lodi at all. The post-modern history of Lodi begins with the legendary Robert Mondavi. Did you know he was from Lodi?  That’s right! Mondavi graduated from Lodi high school and established a well-known winery in Lodi called Woodbridge 1979. Although Lodi had been producing wine for decades, Mondavi, with Woodbridge Winery, ushered Lodi into what he called “The Golden Age of California Wine” by introducing modern winemaking techniques. Fast forward to 2005, Lodi established its own rules for sustainability with the formation of the “Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.” These rules have set the standard for sustainability and are followed by countless other wine producers throughout the US. In 2006, Lodi divided its AVA into seven official sub-appellations to better distinguish sub-regions unique landscape and soil. What does all this mean to you, the consumer?

It means Lodi is producing a wide variety of killer wines at value prices!

Yes, Lodi is home to some of the most elegant Old Vine Zinfandels in the world. Lodi is also home to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, Lodi is also home to a wide variety of Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Southern Rhone varietals. AND….they are all fantastic.

I tasted so many of these wonderful wines at the Wine Bloggers Conference I must give a shout out to each producer. So please take a moment to journey with me through Lodi and get a better understanding why Wine Enthusiast named Lodi the 2015 Wine Region of the Year.

Drinking Harney Lane Lizzy James Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel IN the Lizzy James Vineyard. How cool is that?
Drinking Harney Lane Lizzy James Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel IN the Lizzy James Vineyard. How cool is that?
Look at that old and gnarley Lizzy James Vineyard zinfandel vine, with ages dating back 100+ years.
Look at that old and gnarly Lizzy James Vineyard zinfandel vine, with ages dating back 100+ years.
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A wonderful dinner al fresco with great wine, food, and company at Harney Lane Vineyard.
Our meal was delicious!
Our meal was delicious!
And of course the Harney Lane wines were outstanding!
And of course the Harney Lane wines were outstanding!
Up at dawn, literally, to harvest Viognier grapes at Michael David Winery. Rewarded with a hearty breakfast.
Up at dawn, literally, to harvest Viognier grapes at Michael David Winery. Rewarded with a hearty breakfast.
Mokelumne Glen Vineyard
Mokelumne Glen Vineyard
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Tasting German varietal wines from the famed Mokelumne Glen Vineyard. Fantastic wines!
Markus Bokish introduces us to his Spanish varietals with cuttings from Rioja Alavesa and Rias Baixas.
Markus Bokish introduces us to his Spanish varietals with cuttings from Rioja Alavesa and Rias Baixas.
Lunch under this beautiful tree in the Bokisch Vineyards.
Lunch under this beautiful tree in the Bokisch Vineyards.
Scrumptious Spanish style lunch that paired beautifully with Bokisch wines.
Scrumptious Spanish style lunch that paired beautifully with Bokisch wines.

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So good!
So good!
A visit to McCay Vineyards to taste Syrah and Grenache is always a treat!
A visit to McCay Vineyards to taste Syrah and Grenache is always a treat!
The Rous Vineyard is another famous Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyard. What a treat to sample four different expressions of Rous Vineyard Zinfandel from Ironstone, Macchia, and McCay wineries.
The Rous Vineyard is another famous Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyard. What a treat to sample four different expressions of Rous Vineyard Zinfandel from Ironstone, Macchia, and McCay wineries.
Speed tasting Lodi white wines
Speed tasting Lodi white wines
Incredible intimate dinner at Lange Twins winery! We dined in the barrel room!
Incredible intimate dinner at Lange Twins winery! We dined in the barrel room!
speed tasting Lodi red wines
speed tasting Lodi red wines
Cannot forget our last meal at WBC. Great food with even better wines. Did we sit at the Fields Family Wines table on purpose? You bet we did!
Cannot forget our last meal at WBC. Great food with even better wines. Did we sit at the Fields Family Wines table on purpose? You bet we did!
I'll have seconds on the mac & cheese and Fields Family Cinsault!
I’ll have seconds on the mac & cheese and Fields Family Cinsault!
Cannot forget this stunning Borra Vineyard Barbera!
Cannot forget this stunning Borra Vineyard Barbera!
Lodi winemakers take their job as stewards of the land very seriously.
It was a great conference...
It was a great conference…
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Learning all about Lodi Wine!

If you STILL have not tried wines from Lodi what are you waiting for? The Lodi winemakers are crafting outstanding wines at very reasonable prices. Many of them are too small to have out of state distribution but that’s okay because you can order any of these wines from the wineries web sites. You will be so glad you joined the Lodi wine loving crowd!

Thank you to all the great people with the Lodi Wine Commission and all the winemakers for your wonderful hospitality. I would gladly get stuck in Lodi again!

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