A Weekend in Lodi Wine Country by The Texas Wineaux
I recently visited Lodi Wine Country. Yes, you read right. I said “Lodi Wine Country”.
I dare say most of the wine drinking public wouldn’t know Lodi Appellation produced great wine. That is perhaps unless you are a wine producer, wine professional, or maybe a California wine enthusiast. In fact, I am in the wine business and while I have enjoyed many terrific wines from Lodi Wine Country, I had to look up on a map exactly where Lodi, California was located (By the way it is between Stockton and Sacramento).
Most folks only know Lodi from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song and the line “Oh lord, stuck in Lodi again”. Being “stuck in Lodi” may have been the case in the 1970 when the song was recorded, but that certainly is NOT the case now.
This is a cool, upcoming, and happening kind of wine destination.
Well kind of…
I say “kind of” because Lodi Wine Country is a Paradox. Let me explain.
The Lodi Wine Country was named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Wine Region Of The Year for 2015”! That is quite a feat indeed, and quite an honor from a very prestigious magazine. Lodi Wine Appellation now boasts over 85 wineries in the area, and over 100 different varieties of grapes are grown. It isn’t just Old Vine Zinfandel like many non-informed wine lovers think. Although some of the old gnarly Zinfandel vines planted in the 1850’s makes as good of old vine zin as anywhere!
A few things to consider about Lodi Wine:
- The passion and pride of the 4-5 generations of Winegrape growers
- Incredible quality of the grapes they are producing and the terroir
- The truly ingenious young Winemakers
- How Lodi is so primed to be the “next big wine destination”.
Lodi seems to be a paradox. In other words, while they are primed to the ‘next big wine region’ and everything points to just that, Lodi powers that be do not want that to happen.
Well kind of… I will explain later.
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