Now an ex­tra hour to sa­vor Lodi’s wine

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LODI - Lodi’s win­dow into its world of wine, the Lodi Wine and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, is re­main­ing open un­til 6 p.m. on week­days start­ing Mon­day, Sept. 11, giv­ing visi­tors an ex­tra hour to taste the awe­some that is Lodi.

Soon, those get­ting off work at 5 p.m. and oth­ers com­ing into town a lit­tle bit later in the day can en­joy the ex­pan­sive tast­ing bar fea­tur­ing a wide se­lec­tion of re­gional wines and so much more for an ex­tra hour dur­ing the week.

Also new at the Lodi Wine and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is the Re­serve Wines tast­ing menu, which de­buted Aug.21. And, wine flights will ap­pear on menu in the com­ing weeks that will show­case Lodi’s var­i­ous sub-AVAs, high­light spe­cific va­ri­eties, or of­fer other themed and unique ex­pe­ri­ences for guests, both lo­cals and out-oftown­ers. What a great place to start

At the Lodi Wine and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, guests can find ev­ery­thing they need to be­gin a mem­o­rable jour­ney through Lodi Wine Coun­try, Wine En­thu­si­ast’s Wine Re­gion of the Year in 2015.

Maps dis­play­ing more than 70 win­ery tast­ing rooms and wine in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tions are avail­able, and the friendly, knowl­edge­able staff is there to an­swer any ques­tions.

Mer­chan­dise in­clud­ing t-shirts, hats and wine ac­ces­sories, and a se­lec­tion of some 180 dif­fer­ent bot­tles are all avail­able in the cen­ter’s re­tail shop. Guests can get a sense for the great wines of Lodi at the over­sized tast­ing bar, where a se­lec­tion of re­gional wines are avail­able from a menu that changes weekly. Take a stroll through the demon­stra­tion vine­yard or un­wind and re­lax at the com­fort­able in­door and out­door pa­tio seat­ing ar­eas.

The Lodi Wine and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is man­aged through the Lodi Wine­grape Com­mis­sion, which rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 750 wine­grow­ers who col­lec­tively farm more than 110,000 acres and more than 125 va­ri­eties of wine­grapes. Its mis­sion is to serve the com­mon in­ter­ests of all Cal­i­for- nia Crush Dis­trict 11 wine­grape pro­duc­ers, en­hanc­ing the prof­itabil­ity and vis­i­bil­ity of wine­grape pro­duc­tion through mar­ket­ing and pro­mot­ing of Lodi wine­grapes.

The Lodi wine re­gion, lo­cated 25 miles north of Man­teca, ben­e­fits from di­verse soils and a clas­sic Mediter­ranean cli­mate of warm days and cool evenings. A ma­jor wine­grow­ing re­gion since the 1850s, Lodi cul­ti­vates more than 125 dis­tinct wine­grape va­ri­eties, from its clas­sic old vine Zin­fan­del to grapes na­tive to Por­tu­gal, Spain, France, Italy and more.

The re­gion in­cludes 90 winer­ies, and seven dis­tinct sub-AVAs. Lodi leads the state in sus­tain­able farm­ing with its com­pre­hen­sive Lodi Rules for Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing, which was the first third party-cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able wine­grow­ing pro­gram. In 2015, Wine En­thu­si­ast Mag­a­zine awarded Lodi the pres­ti­gious Wine Star Award for “Wine Re­gion of the Year.”

Photo cour­tesy of Lodi Wine & Visi­tors Cen­ter

The Lodi Wine & Visi­tors Cen­ter is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via High­way 99.

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