Scenery, wine tours among Lodi en­tice­ments

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LSteve Stephens

ODI, Calif. — The Lodi wine re­gion doesn’t al­ways get the love shown other Cal­i­for­nia wine re­gions such as Napa or Sonoma.

But I very much en­joyed a few days in and around Lodi re­cently, tast­ing wine, talk­ing to ex­perts and tak­ing in the fab­u­lous scenery of the re­gion nes­tled be­tween San Fran­cisco Bay and the Sierra Ne­vada moun­tains in Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley.

Lodi cer­tainly isn’t un­known. Wine En­thu­si­ast mag­a­zine named it the wine re­gion of the year in 2015. And the re­gion’s big, bold and fruity zin­fan­dels are world-renowned.

The Lodi Amer­i­can Viti­cul­tural Area pro­duces about one-third of all of Cal­i­for­nia’s zin­fan­dels, and more than 100 other va­ri­eties, sur­pass­ing any other re­gion in Cal­i­for­nia. About 750 grow­ers tend about 110,000 acres of wine grapes, some of them sent off to wine­mak­ers else­where in Cal­i­for­nia and across the coun­try. (At one Lodi tast­ing room, I met a wine­maker from In­di­ana, in town to buy grapes.)

A good place to start a Lodi wine tour is at the Lodi Wine & Vis­i­tors Cen­ter on the edge of down­town Lodi. The

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