Whenever we are wine tasting, we ask our wine guide about local wineries that they enjoy. Who knows the winery scene better than someone who is part of it? During a recent trip to Lodi, one winery name kept coming up: Bokisch Vineyards. Here’s how our first visit went:
Wine tasting in Lodi
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Lodi winemakers with a sparkling program? Yes, it is true! We recently visited with one such pioneer, Susan Tipton, Owner/Winemaker at Acquiesce Winery. Here’s what we learned:
Lodi has dozens of fantastic wineries, but until recently there was one gap in the region’s tasting menu: locally-produced sparkling wine. Now, this situation is changing! We visit a local pioneer in Lodi’s sparkling wine business: LVVR Sparkling Cellars.
Lodi has quite a number of outstanding wineries, which is why we keep coming back. One winery that is consistently on our tour list? Harney Lane Winery, of course!
August in Lodi: brown hills, green vineyards, and deep purple grapes. A perfect visual palatte for any wine lover. What could be more wonderful to pair with such a visual feast than to sample the enological artistry of d’Art Wines?
Food and wine pairings can improve both parties or create a hot mess. When pairings go well it is a thing of wonder. Unexpected, yet delicious pairings elevate such a pairing to the level of magic. A recent visit to Pondl Winery displayed this magic for pairing after pairing!
Discovering a hidden gem of a winery brings us boundless joy! A recent wine tasting trip to Lodi gave us several opportunities to experience new wineries. One of the most hidden among them turned out to be an amazing experience. We are definitely adding St. Amant Winery to our “can’t miss” list!
In masonry, clinker bricks are made when excessive heat over fires wet clay, producing bricks that are dense, dark, and durable. In Lodi, Klinker Brick Winery produces wines that are dark, durable, and downright delicious!
No winery tour in Lodi is complete without a visit to Harney Lane Winery. This family-owned winery combines so many desirable attributes: great wine, beautiful architecture, fun staff and an extra bonus, convenient picnic tables!
Making wine is unquestionably an artistic endeavor. Many times, this artistic flair is expressed in other ways, too. That’s what makes visiting wineries and tasting rooms so much fun: seeing the unique expression of art in the wine and so much more. One classic example of art in every form is a visit to d’Art Wines in Lodi.
The Lodi wine region is home to wineries big and small. Not surprisingly, winery size does not predict winery quality. We love discovering small wineries with huge skills, so we build our tours with lots of new, unexplored wineries. Sometimes, though, a winery is so nice that we have to visit twice. That was exactly the case when we visited Omega Cellars to explore it all over again.
Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.
R&B Cellars in Richmond
Brazilian Halloween Party
Thursday, October 28th
Put on your costume and
dance to the music of NDL
Namorados da Lua
(Translated from Portuguese as
"Lovers of the Moon")
Lots of fun awaits you at Riggers Loft!!
Tickets / Reservations are $15
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Oct 31
Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing
Oct 30 - Oct 31
Noon - 3pm
$5/Club Member + 1 guest
$5 Candy Only
Find out what Halloween candies pair with these wines
Sauvignon Blanc - Chardonnay
Primitivo Zinfandel - Viognier Port
Cabernet Royale Port - Tortuga Royale Port
Call 925-373-6636 to make a wine tasting reservation.
Without a reservation we cannot guarantee there will be a spot available for you/your group.
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore through Oct 31
October 30 & 31, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fall is in the air, join us for a fun filled weekend, take a shot at the Pumpkin Cork Toss, roast s'mores over the fire pit flames, and pack up a picnic to enjoy on the garden patio to pair with your favorite Charles R wine.
Vina Moda in Murphys
Join us, as we celebrate the end of our Harvest Season with our annual Halloween Costume Party! This year we thought it would be appropriate to go with a post-apocalyptic theme, after the crazy 18 months we've all experienced!
The festivities will begin at 6:00 with live music from Plan B and a vertical tasting of our Barbera, starting with the 2012 vintage and ending with our 2018 vintage!
We will provide a self-serve Chili and Burrito Bar for guests who are hungry! Let us know in advance if you have any food allergies so that we can be sure to provide an alternative option for you!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket pricing is $50 for Wine Club and $60 for Guests. Space IS limited, so reserve your spot soon!
We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation, following all mandates and protocols in regards to events. We are prepared to have socially distanced tables, just as we have done for our events over the past year+. Regardless of mandates, all guests will have the option to have an indicator at their table stating that they are only to be approached with masks ON. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable!
** Reminder: This is an outdoor event and October evenings get cool when the sun goes down! If permitted, we will light the bonfire after dark. **
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Sunday October 31st
Join us for our annual Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing
LPV Estate Wines paired with your favorite Halloween Candy
Pairing Flight is $30
Come in Costume and receive a special pour!
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Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
UKULELE JAM & OPEN MIC
Saturday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We be jammin’ one last time! Join us on the Charles R garden patio, all you need is a ukulele and knowledge of a few basic chords, or just come to listen and sing along. Music sheets will be provided, everything from Tin Pan Alley to Classic Rock, to favorite pop songs, Hawaiian and more. An Open Mic session will give those with more expertise a chance to strut their stuff! Email Steve at email@example.com for a PDF of the songs in advance.
Enjoy a holiday inspired Sangria mixed with our Port, and you can take home the recipe for your celebrations.
Make your reservation in advance, bring a picnic, kids are welcome, and your $10 reservation fee will be applied to wine purchase.
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