Scenery, wine tours among Lodi enticements
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