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Randy Caparoso
 
August 26, 2013 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi Road Trip Contest: win a Weekend Getaway for 2 at luxurious Wine & Roses Hotel!

THE PASSPORT STAMP CONTEST

The 2013 Lodi Road Trip begins September 1 and ends on the 30th.  Are you ready to ramble through the ripening grapes?  Yes, this also takes place during the time of year when wine grapes are being harvested, so you’ll be able to see many wineries in action:  grizzled, bleary eyed pickers, cellarers and vignerons…  the sweet smell of crushed fruit and oak barrels… maybe even the chance to jump in and do some punch-downs (i.e. pushing down the cap of skins and seeds in fermenting red wine vats) — safer than juggling chainsaws and sure as heck good on the upper body!

During the month-long Lodi Road Trip Passport celebration Lodi wine lovers will also have a chance to win some incredible prizes upon collecting 8 or more passport stamps from among Lodi’s 45 participating “passport” wineries.

Once you’ve collected stamps from at least 8 of the participating wineries that you have visited, you must present your passport to one of these wineries in order to be eligible to win:

Lodi Wine Weekend Getaway for 2 (1 Winner | Valued at $1,098 + tax):

Wine & Chocolate for 2 (4 Winners | Valued at $110):

LoCA Gear (10 Winners | Valued at $50)

  • Bag of LoCA branded merchandise

The final drawing will take place the week of October 7, 2013, and winners will be notified shortly after by the Lodi Winegrape Commission (a.k.a. LoCA!) office.

And of course:  don’t forget to get your passports stamped!

LODI ROAD TRIP PASSPORT ACTIVITIES

You may purchase your Lodi Road Trip Passports in several ways by visiting lodiroadtrip.com.  Meanwhile, start spreading the news and get ready to be part of the many vinous activities being offered by our participating Lodi Road Trip Passport wineries:

Ongoing Winery Activites
Fields Family Wines | Winemaker Tours – Estate Location | 11am-5pm
Kidder Family Winery | Sensory Evaluation | Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
McCay Cellars | Meet the Winemaker | Every Saturday | 12pm
Toasted Toad Winery | Cork Sensory | Fri-Mon 11am-6pm

Sunday, September 1
Cycles Gladiator | Big Booty Bob Concert | 12-4pm
d’Art Wines | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-4pm
Estate Crush | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-5pm
Harmony Wynelands | Barrels of FUN in the Sun | 12:30-5pm
Jessie’s Grove Winery, Estate Winery | Museum Tours | 1-4pm
Macchia Winery | Live Music | 12-4pm
The Dancing Fox | Meet the Winemaker | 11am-3pm
The Lucas Winery | Adventure Into Winemaking | 2pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 1-4pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm

Monday, September 2
d’Art Wines | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-4pm
Estate Crush | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-5pm
LangeTwins Winery | LangeTwins Cycling Tour | 8am
Oak Farm Vineyards | Champagne Tasting (Sparkling Wine) | 11am-5pm

Tuesday, September 3
Borra Vineyards | Fusion Friday | 5-7:30pm
McConnell Estates | Friday Night Happy Hour | 5-8pm
Riaza Wines | 1st Friday of the Month Art Hop | 6-9pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 5-8pm
Viñedos Aurora | 1st Friday of the Month Art Hop | 6-9pm

Saturday, September 7 – Downtown Lodi’s Passport Day

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:

  • cellardoor | 11am-5pm
  • The Dancing Fox | 11am-5pm
  • Estate Crush | 12-6pm
  • Fields Family Wines | 2-8pm
  • Jeremy Wine Company | 11am-5pm
  • Jessie’s Grove Winery at Olde Ice House Cellars | 12-5pm
  • Lodi Wine Cellars | 12pm-11pm
  • Riaza Wines | 1-6pm
  • Toasted Toad Cellars | 11am-6pm
  • Viñedos Aurora | 6-10pm
  • Wine Social | 11am-10pm

Abundance Vineyards | Summer Music Series | 6-9pm
Heritage Oak Winery | Jazz Music & Tasting | 12-5pm
Klinker Brick Winery | Old Ghost Vertical Tasting | 11am-5pm
Lodi Wine & Visitor Center | Winemaker for a Day | 3pm
Macchia Winery | Live Music | 12-4pm
Stama Winery | Celebrating the Gold | 12-4:30pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Vicarmont Vineyards & Winery | Vicarmont Goes Vertical | 12-5pm
Watts Winery | Music with Maria | 1-4pm

Sunday, September 8
Estate Crush | Wine & Sausage Pairing and Barrel Tasting | 12-5pm
Harmony Wynelands | Barrels of FUN in the Sun | 12:30–5pm
Harney Lane Winery | Paint & Sip: Customize your own Wineglass | 10:30am
Jessie’s Grove Winery, Estate Winery | Museum Tours | 1-4pm
Macchia Winery | Live Music | 12-4pm
The Dancing Fox | Meet the Winemaker | 11am-3pm
The Lucas Winery | Adventure Into Winemaking | 2pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 1-4pm

Friday, September 13
H-G Vineyards | Chef Lacee Cooking Demonstrations | 1-3pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 5-8pm

Saturday, September 14
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards | Educational Vineyard Tour | 1pm
Estate Crush | Barrel Tasting Tour with Wine & Cheese Pairing | 12-6pm
Estate Crush | Second Saturday Live Music | 7-10pm
Grady Family Vineyards | Harvest Party at Woodbridge Uncorked | 3-6pm
Harney Lane Winery | Follow the Grape – Zinfandel | 12–4pm
Heritage Oak Winery | Birdwalk | 8:30am-12pm
Kidder Family Winery | Harvest Celebration | 11am-5pm
m2 Wines | Hawaiian Beach Party | 12-4:30pm
Oak Farm Vineyards | Live Music at the Farm | 1-5pm
Sorelle Winery | Italian Cuisine and Live Music | 11am-5pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Watts Winery | Music by Tiki Lounge Lizards | 1-4pm
Woodbridge Uncorked | Very Vintage Harvest Party | 3-6pm

Sunday, September 15
Cycles Gladiator | Big Booty Bob Concert | 12-4pm
Estate Crush | Barrel Tasting Tour with Wine & Cheese Pairing | 12-5pm
Harmony Wynelands | Barrels of FUN in the Sun | 12:30–5pm
Harney Lane Winery | “Follow the Grape – Zinfandel” | 12–4pm
Jessie’s Grove Winery, Estate Winery | Museum Tours | 1-4pm
PONDL Winery | Wine & Sausage Pairing | 12-6pm
The Dancing Fox | Meet the Winemaker | 11am-3pm
The Lucas Winery | Adventure Into Winemaking | 2pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 1-4pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm

Friday, September 20
McConnell Estates | Friday Night Happy Hour | 5-8pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 5-8pm

Saturday, September 21
Abundance Vineyards | Summer Music Series | 6-9pm
d’Art Wines | Barrel Tasting with Winemaker | 12-4pm
Estate Crush | Marshmallow Tasting & Stella & Dot Boutique | 12-6pm
Heritage Oak Winery | Chocolate & Wine Pairing | 2-4pm
H-G Vineyards | Live Music & Meatballs with Olive Oil Tasting | 1-4pm
Lodi Wine & Visitor Center | Winemaker for a Day | 3pm
Michael David Winery | Shuckin’ and Chuckin’ | 12-4pm
Omega Cellars | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 12-5pm
St. Amant Winery | Harvest Celebration & Open House | 12-4pm
Stama | All About the Rosé | 12-4:30pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Vicarmont Vineyards & Winery | Road Trip Roundup | 12-5pm
Watts Winery | Electric Harp by Janice | 1-4pm
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi | Reds, Whites & Blues | 5-9pm

Sunday, September 22
Abundance Vineyards | Autumnal Equinox Food & Wine Pairing | 1-3pm
Cycles Gladiator | Johnny Rocket Concert | 12-4pm
Estate Crush | Marshmallow Tasting & Stella & Dot Boutique | 12-5pm
Harmony Wynelands | Harmony Harvest Celebration | 12:30-5pm
Harney Lane Winery | STOMP Out Cancer | 12-4pm
Jessie’s Grove Winery, Estate Winery | Museum Tours | 1-4pm
Oak Farm Vineyards | Sunday Picnic & Catch-‘n’-Release Fishing | 12-5pm
Peirano Estate Vineyards | Estate Harvest Fair | 1-4pm
PONDL Winery | PONDL’s Red, White & Bleu Cheese Tasting | 12-6pm
The Dancing Fox | Meet the Winemaker | 11am-3pm
The Lucas Winery | Adventure Into Winemaking | 2pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 1-4pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm

Thursday, September 26
LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 5:30pm

Friday, September 27
McConnell Estates | Friday Night Happy Hour | 5-8pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 5-8pm

Saturday, September 28
Abundance Vineyards | Summer Music Series | 6-9pm
Boitano Family Wines | BBQ Sausage & Barbera Wine Tasting | 12–5pm
d’Art Wines | Harvest Dinner | 7-9pm
Estate Crush | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-6pm
H-G Vineyards | Live Music & Meatball Saturday with Antipasto Feast | 1-4pm
Klinker Brick Winery | 1st Annual “Grape Stomp” | TBD

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center | Winemaker for a Day | 3pm
Mettler Family Vineyards | Grand Opening Celebration | 11am-6pm
McCay Cellars | Endless Summer Party | TBD
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Watts Winery | 2nd Annual Grape Stomp | 12-5pm

Sunday, September 29
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards | “Before I die…” | 11am–5pm
Boitano Family Wines | BBQ Sausage & Barbera Wine Tasting | 12–5pm
Estate Crush | Bottle Your Own Wine | 12-5pm
Harmony Wynelands | Barrels of FUN in the Sun | 12:30-5pm
Jessie’s Grove Winery, Estate Winery | Museum Tours | 1-4pm
The Dancing Fox | Meet the Winemaker | 11am-3pm
The Lucas Winery | Adventure Into Winemaking | 2pm
Van Ruiten Winery | Wine & Cheese Pairing | 1-5pm
Viaggio Winery | Live Music | 1-4pm
Woodbridge Uncorked | Take Your Final Flight to Uncorked | 2-5pm
Spenker Winery | 20th Anniversary Harvest & Crush | Date & Time TBD

And more scenes from the “real” Lodi…

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