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
AVERAGE PRICE: $20
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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