Category Archives: Lodi

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center: In Love with Lodi

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center www.lodiwine.com 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242 (map link) (209) 365-0621 The order of words in the name is telling. It’s not the Lodi Visitor and Wine Center. Sure, that wouldn’t roll off the tongue as smoothly as Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, but it’s more than that. The […]

Michael David Winery: In Love with Lodi

Michael David Winery michaeldavidwinery.com 4580 W Highway 12, Lodi, CA 95242-9529 209-368-7384 When we first started planning our trip, friends told us, “You’re going to Lodi? Go to Michael David.” When I called the woman we rented a house from for the weekend, she said, “Oh, and of course, you must visit Michael David while […]

m2 wines: In Love with Lodi

m2 wines www.m2wines.com/ 1376 East Turner Road, Unit D, Lodi, CA 95240 (map link) (916)-765-9149 m2 is located in an unassuming building in a business park campus. The incognito quality of their facility is in sharp contrast to the character of their wines. Normally they might be hard to spot, but on Sunday they had […]

Ripken Vineyards & Winery: In Love with Lodi

Ripken Vineyards and Winery ripkenwine.com 2472 W. Sargent Road, Lodi, CA 95242 209-367-9463 The folks at Ripken had things figured out. First of all, there was a theme – “PS – I Love You.” PS in this case stands for Petite Sirah, Ripken’s specialty. Second, they placed tasting stations all around the facility so that […]

Lodi Wine Cellars: In Love with Lodi

Lodi Wine Cellars lodiwinecellars.com 112 W. Pine Street, Lodi CA 95240 (map link) (209) 365-6622 Lodi Wine Cellars is a team effort by several local winemakers, who have joined together to create a comfortable space at which they can all sell their wines. When we walked in, one of the winemakers was kicked back on […]

Grands Amis Winery: In Love with Lodi

Grands Amis Winery grandsamis.com 115 N. School Street, Suite 5, Lodi CA 95240 (map link) (209) 369-6805 We’d planned to hit the wineries hard at 10am, but what with cleaning up our rented house and packing the car, we didn’t hit the road until 11am. After a few false starts, we headed to the Lodi […]

D’Art Wines: In Love with Lodi

D’Art Wines dartwines.com 13299 N. Curry Ave, Lodi CA 95240 (map link) (209) 334-9946 There was still a half hour left before tasting hours concluded. Carissa demanded port. And I wasn’t willing to give up on tasting just yet. So we pulled up at a winery that came highly recommended by many sources, including the […]

Klinker Brick Winery: In Love with Lodi

Klinker Brick Winery klinkerbrickwinery.com 15887 N Alpine Rd. Lodi, CA 95240 (map link) (866) 333-1845 Friends: still tipsy, but willing to start throwing down again. Mike: still Mr. Palate Fatigue. Me: at the winery tasting room I’d most wanted to taste from, on what was apparently its first day open ever. Clearly, from the crowd, […]

Vicarmont Vineyards and Winery: In Love with Lodi

Vicarmont Vineyards and Winery vicarmont.com 16475 N Locust Tree Rd. Lodi, CA 95240 (map link) (209) 481-3386 So by this time, two members of our party were tipsy and one had hit palate fatigue (I’ll leave our audience to do the math on that one), which left me as the Last Palate Standing. It was […]

Clements Ridge: In Love with Lodi

Clements Ridge www.clementsridge.com 23225 Hwy 88 Clements, CA 95227 (map link) (209) 759-3850 Clements Ridge was a little farther out than the other tasting rooms we visited, but it was well worth the trip both for the wines and the beautiful tree-lined drive with views of the Snow-capped Sierras. At first we weren’t sure we […]