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Wine Folly’s 8 Alternative Wine Trails of California


A farm town with historic vineyards and orchards hides just off the I-5

KNOWN FOR: Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Spanish & Italian Varieties

We admit, Lodi doesn’t look like a wine community in the same way as Napa Valley, but it’s actually over two times the size. Lodi is home to nearly 40% of the top rated Zinfandel wines in the country and was originally planted with wine grapes back in the 1880’s. You can still stumble across these old vineyards today with their scraggly head-trimmed vines just off the side of the road. Lodi is one of the few remaining California wine regions where you can walk into a small independent winery and buy a great bottle of red wine for less than $20. While the red Zin is stunning, you’ll be delighted to find more esoteric wines too, such as Spanish Tempranillo, Italian Barbera and German Kerner.

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Cranes Come Calling: 22nd Annual Sandhill Crane Festival Arrives in Lodi

Every fall, thousands of greater and lesser Sandhill cranes arrive in the California Delta, ready to spend their winters vacationing near Lodi. For 22 years, the Sandhill Crane Festival has celebrated the ancient birds’ arrival, along with the wildlife and natural beauty of the Lodi area.
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John Fogerty said he never actually visited Lodi when he wrote the classic line, “Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again.”