Autumn has come to Lodi, so it is time to celebrate some Spanish inspired wines! Mark your calendars, Tempranillo Weekend is coming!
The Lodi Tour of Tempranillo Weekend has become something of a legend. Over one weekend (November 9-11), nine Lodi wineries treat Tempranillo aficionados with a self-guided tour exploring this native Spanish varietal. Tempranillo is a natural fit for the region’s Mediterranean climate and terroir. From the sandy loams or gravelly clay loams of Lodi’s west side appellations (Mokelumne River, Jahant and Alta Mesa), to the cobble or boulder strewn volcanic mounds of the east side AVAs (Clements Hills and Borden Ranch), this grape flourishes.
Want to geek out further on Tempranillo as one of the world’s finest, and most important, grapes and wines? The nice people at the Lodi Growers Association have more information on their website (check out: Varietal Focus: Tempranillo), and become an instant expert on this amazing varietal, which has found its second home in Lodi, California!
These Lodi-based wineries will be participating in the 2018 Lodi Tour of Tempranillo:
- Bokisch Vineyards (18921 Atkins Rd., Lodi)
- Dancing Coyote Wines (3125 E. Orange St., Acampo)
- Estate Crush (2 W. Lockeford St., Lodi)
- Fields Family Wines (3803 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo)
- Heritage Oak Winery (10112 E. Woodbrdige Rd., Acampo)
- McCay Cellars (100 S. Sacramento St., Lodi)
- McConnell Estates Winery (10686 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove)
- Riaza Wines (2441 S. Stockton St. #1, Lodi)
- St. Amant Winery (1 Winemaster Way, Suite 1, Lodi)
A complimentary guidebook will be available at all the stops, listing special offerings – including some fun, exclusive tastings (verticals of multiple vintages, barrel samples, Tempranillo-friendly foods, etc.) at each winery. Participants will also be able to enter a raffle for each winery they visit.
So don’t delay. Mark your calendars, plan your route. This will be an amazing weekend. See you there!
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?
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