Letters from Lodi

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Appellation and the growers and vintners behind these crafts. Told from the
perspective of multi-award winning wine journalist, Randy Caparoso.

Randy Caparoso
January 18, 2018 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi’s 2018 Wine & Chocolate Weekend promises to be another illuminating affair!

During the 2012 Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, good times at Klinker Brick Winery

Hard to believe, but Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is now 3 x 7 years old! This coming February 10 & 11, 2018 will mark 21 years of this annual event, which has always been a great opportunity for wine lovers to enjoy Lodi wine country under ideal conditions:

 Over 50 of Lodi’s wineries – who truly know their stuff! – open their doors for tastings, for just one reasonable fee.

 Unlike the usual winery visits, the wineries put out a full range of culinary treats – from chocolate chilies and famous Lockeford sausages to, of course, chocolate sweets (from truffles to fountains) of all sorts – to enhance your Lodi wine experience.

 Everywhere you go, there is live music, photo ops, barrel tastings, and people on both sides of the tasting counters gussied up to show that, in Lodi wine country, wine is as much fun as a seriously illuminating affair!

 Besides being famous for their lush, sexy, ancient vine Zinfandels, Lodi is now the place to go for wine lovers with a taste for adventurous, alternative style wines - stuff you rarely find in most wine regions of the West Coast (can you say Albariño, Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache, Verdejo, Vermentino, Dolcetto, Pinotage, Carignan, Dornfelder, Tannat, Chenin blanc, and even méthode Champenoise style sparklers far dryer than your typical California bubbly?).

 There is nothing more romantic than a weekend in the wine country, and few events as fruitful for everlasting friendships as Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

For more information on what each winery is doing, maps, etickets and guidelines (especially if you plan to go as a large group), please be sure to check out And remember, non-imbibing designated drivers (strongly recommended) party for free!

But since any good picture is worth a thousand words, here are some images of fun, memorable Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekends past:

During 2013 Wine & Chocolate Weekend, friends and lovers at LangeTwins Family Winery

Chill moment at Macchia Winery during Lodi's 2013 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

It happened at Van Ruiten Family Winery: successful proposal during 2013 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

This happens, nonstop: at Macchia Wines during 2013 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Canapés and wine at LangeTwins Family Winery during 2015 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Lodi photo op at Van Ruiten Winery during 2015 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

The famous "twins," Randy and Brad Lange, always love to work the LangeTwins Family Winery counters themselves during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekends

Award winning chocolate chili at Harney Lane Winery during 2016 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

At m2 Wines: OV Zin + Chocolate = Love

"Mad Hatter" winemaker doing barrel tasting at Jessie's Grove during 2016 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Lush, sexy Zinfandel at McCay Cellars during 2016 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Wine & Chocolate glass artistry at McCay Cellars

Complimentary Wine & Chocolate Weekend glasses and Brix Chocolate ready at Mettler Family Vineyards

Dixieland jazz and 2017 Wine & Chocolate Weekend revelry in Downtown Lodi's Cellar Door

Oak Farm Vineyards' acclaimed winemaker Chad Joseph pouring barrel sample at Oak Farm Vineyards during 2017 Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

2017 Wine & Chocolate lovers at Oak Farm Vineyards historic estate

At McCay Cellars during 2017 Wine & Chocolate Weekend: even Lodi wine industry honchos like Michael David Winery's David Phillips (bottom left) love to hang out for the wine, food, fun and camraderie

At PRIE Winery, winemaker/co-owner John Gash pours the juice during 2017 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Stylish Wine & Chocolate lover at Lodi Wine & Visitor Center during 2017 proceedings



Lodi Wine Visitor Center
2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242
Open: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

Lodi Winegrape Commission
2545 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242
Open: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

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