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Lodi Wineries?

  • 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!

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  1. I checked out the Lodi Winery Trail map on line and have knowledge of only four. Woodbridge/Mondavi (of course), Delicato, Klinker Brick, and M2. All four should be OK wines, with the last two being more interesting. A lot depends on what your friend will compare them with.

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    1. re: Midlife

      Thanks to you both! I'll pass this info on....

    2. Jessie’s Grove, Klinker Brick and Macchia are 3 favorites for Zin in Lodi. In addition, Klinker Brick does Syrah and Macchia has some good Italian varietals.
      http://www.jessiesgrovewinery.com/our...
      http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/
      http://www.macchiawines.com/

      1. 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.

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        1. re: zin1953

          Jason,

          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).

        2. Lucas winery on Davis Road. Good wine, informative staff.

          1. 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.

            1. I like Oak Grove.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7496...

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Robert, it's a year+ later but would you make any recs from this list?:

                http://www.totalwine.com/eng/search/o...

                Total Wine just opened a new store where I live and I'm going to stop by in the next few days.

                Thanks.

                1. re: Midlife

                  The one I like is the OZV: http://www.totalwine.com/eng/product/...

              2. The Lodi Visitor Center is a great resource. Zinfandel is king in Lodi, but there is definitely alot of diversity in terms of wine style and type of wineries. Klinker Brick, Cycles Gladiator, and Jessie's Grove are all must visits.

                Not to knock anyone down, but i would pass on Delicato and Mondavi. They can be good resources for getting to know wine and getting to know the Lodi appellation, but if you ask honest questions you are bound to get some passionate wine geeks (or even a winemaker) who will be happy to talk your ear off.