- perk Jul 30, 2012 03:11 PM
A friend of mine is headed for Lodi (CA) and asked for recommendations for wineries. There are a lot of them there....but I haven't heard of many of them. Any suggestions? Thanks!
There is a reason Creedence Clearwater sang, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again . . . . "
It's a good area for Zinfandel (as you have probably already surmised), but I'm not excited by much of what's made there. It all depends, somewhat obviously, on one's own personal taste. You have to enjoy warm(er) climate Zin -- and, admittedly, I don't.
That said, I'd skip Woodbridge and Delicato. As already been said, Klinker Brick and M2 are worth a look; so, too, Gnekow Family and St. Amant.
I just thought Mondavi and Delicato might be good for basics and some education. Nothing inspiring of course. Without knowing the palate experience of the visitor, it's difficult. Agree on the Zin choice for sure.
I'd be interested in your take on my perception that a decent amount of Lodi fruit has been used for blending in Napa and Sonoma over the years. Some of those growers have been making their own wines of late, and they're better than what's made from fruit grown down in Temecula (another problematic region).
Lodi Wine Country is a fabulous region to visit!
Lodi is known for its full-bodied Old Vine Zinfandel wines so places like Klinker Brick and m2 are wonderful choices! In addition to Zinfandel, Lodi leads all other CA wine districts in the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. You could possibly direct your friend to the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 2545 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, 95242 and the staff at the Visitor Center can discuss with your friend his/her likes and dislikes when it comes to wine and then direct him/her to wineries that would suit his/her palate. Also, check out the website lodiwine.com.