Finding an Interesting Bottle of Wine in Lodi
Our winery recommendations for a Good Bottle of Wine in Lodi….we’ve written about individual wineries when you see links, and we do have an overview of some of these, ‘Lodi Wine.’
Western Side of Highway 99
Michael & David, West of downtown on Route 12.
Oak Farm Vineyards, has a beautiful new facility, wonderful patio for lunch (your own food.)
Van Ruiten, also West of downtown on Route 12. Another pioneer family making nice wines.
Fields Family, Northwest of downtown. Check out their Big Red and Il Ladro (Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cab & Merlot)
Jessie’s Grove, another pioneer family estate with 100+ year old grape vine around the old farm house. Now operated by Michael & David wines.
M2, has moved to a new ‘estate’ setting. Interesting building, good wine, well priced with an experienced and mature staff.
Jeremy Wine Company, downtown retail storefront sells some good wine and a ‘Jug’ for refilling with their blended wine.
Eastern Side of Highway 99
Burghold, Northeast of downtown. Great Syrahs and of course Zins we enjoy. If you’re lucky, the owner, Joe Burghold and his wife will be behind the bar and he’ll be telling stories.
Klinkerbrick, check out their Zins and Syrahs, all very good. Ask most winery hosts where you should visit when you leave their facility, and #1 on the list will be Klinkerbrick.
Harney Lane, good wines, Zin of course, a pioneer family making wine since the early 1900s.
Oak Ridge, a large wine maker of long time residents. Their tasting room is in a 55,000 gallon aging cask. We went there to taste their 100+ year old zin and left unsatisfied as they have a set taste list for the week. The wine we wanted to taste was not on that week’s list, and they were not going off list…..disappointing.
Durst, opened their wine taste room end of 2014, interesting wines by a female wine maker. You owe it to yourself to a visit here.
St. Amant, hard to find, located in the Lodi agricultural center on the end of Guild St. Nothing here ‘sang’ for us, but they might for you.
Macchia Wines, lots of good Zins, but alas, getting a spitting cup from them was difficult. We were ready to leave when they finally produced one.
McCay Cellars, a rock and roll kind of place in an industrial center. The wine room is The Pallet Room, made from pieces of shipping pallets.
Heritage Oak, the wine did not ‘sing’ for us, it was the last winery of the day and our palates may have been overburdened and the fruit flies were irritating.
D’Art Wines, an eclectic winemaker making wine in a wide range of tastes. They have a patio and yard with tables for picnic lunches and a dog who wants a lot of attention.
Delicato (Manteca, just south of Lodi) Big commercial winemaker with good commercial wine, and some more expensive wines too. Check out their HandCraft wines, and Brazin, a Zin, all commercially available in retail stores.