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Randy Caparoso
 
January 14, 2019 | Randy Caparoso

Let us count the reasons why we love Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Counting the reasons why we love Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

It’s ba-a-a-ack... Lodi wine country’s most popular yearly event! Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend takes place on the Saturday/Sunday of February 9 & 10, 2019, from 11 AM to 4 PM on both days.

Why is this weekend so well loved? Let us count the ways.

• A chance to drop in on no less than 54 participating wineries (well, at least as many as you humanly can) and
• Enjoy exclusive tastings (from the barrel, verticals of vintages, etc.),
• Lots of edible treats (chocolates and non-chocolaty),
• Live music (at many wineries, including room to dance with your fellow wine and chocolate lovers), and
• Lots of Instagram-worthy moments and settings (including photo booths and backdrops) nearly everywhere you go!

Imagine the possibilities, if not with your main squeeze, maybe with your besties (or all of them!).

Wine & Chocolate lovers and besties at Downtown Lodi's Cellar Door wine bar

Lodi is the place to do this because... it’s Lodi! It’s not for nothing that Lodi is a recent Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Wine Region of the Year” winner (chosen out of all the other wine regions around the world). Or that Lodi rated #2 (we’ll take it!) in USA Today’s 2018 Readers’ Choice for “Best Wine Region.” Last May, San Francisco Chronicle lauded wines made from Lodi grown fruit because they “encompass a full rainbow, from fresh, bright, high-acid white wines to earthy, light bodied reds.”

Recently, even the Napa Valley Register reported that “The world is watching,” and “a new breed of winemakers and grape-growers have lifted Lodi wines to a whole new level... unlike other regions that may be limited to a handful of viable different grape varieties, Lodi grows a plethora of different wine grapes – more than 100 – which has allowed vintners to explore, tinker and find unique niches for their brands.”

So if you have yet to experience Lodi’s “rainbow,” “plethora,” and “unique niches,” Wine & Chocolate Weekend may be the perfect opportunity to dive in and find out why for yourself.

So here is the scoop: Tickets are $65 in advance, or $75 at the door (at any of the participating wineries listed below) on days of event. Wine club members of participating wineries can obtain a ticket at the discounted rate of $55 (advance purchase only) by contacting the winery of which they are members. No charge for designated drivers (highly recommended), who must be at least 21 years of age.

You can also purchase tickets online at lodiwineandchocolate.com, or in-person at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center. Each ticket comes with an official Lodi Wiine & Chocolate stemless wine glass, which you will use at each winery to do your tastings.

Please note, not all wineries will be able to accommodate buses or groups of over 15 people. Please check our list below ahead of time.

"Rosé all day" at Oak Farm Vineyards (photo by Frances Siria)

That said, here is the list of all 54 participating wineries, and the lowdown on what each has in store for their weekend’s wine and chocolate lovin' visitors...

2019 Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend Wineries

BARSETTI VINEYARDS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+
400 4th Street, Suite 150, Historic Old Town Galt, 95632 / (209) 744-6062
Amenities: Scrumptious desserts made with Barsetti wines and chocolate-drizzled popcorn. Art show by Allison Gerrity. Special discounts on all wines and merchandise, and fun props and a photo booth for selfies. Dancing to ‘60s to ‘80s style live music by Phil & da Pinots. 

BERGHOLD VINEYARDS & WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

17343 N. Cherry Road, Lodi 95240 / (209) 333-9291
Amenities: Tasting of estate bottled wines in Lodi’s most elaborate antique tasting room. Complimentary carriage rides through the vineyard estate. Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck and Shery’s Cookie Cupboard on-site for purchase of additional scrumptious edibles.

BOKISCH VINEYARDS
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

18921 North Atkins Road, Lodi 95240 / (209) 334-4338
Amenities: Celebrate Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend with a multi-award winning portfolio of Spanish style varietal wines, in a tasting room surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards (a gigantic, natural “photo booth”). Fresh, hot churros served with thick, Spanish-style hot chocolate.

CABANA WINERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

710 South Beckman Road, Lodi 95240 / (916) 476-5492
Amenities: One of Lodi’s newest wineries, with a line-up of Lodi grown wines crafted by legendary winemaker Robert Smerling (former founder/president of Amador’s Renwood Winery)! 25% discount on case (12 bottles) sales. Delicous appetizers and live music.

CONSUMNES RIVER FARM
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

28305 N. Thornton Road, Thornton 95632 / (209) 334-5544
Amenities: Music, appetizers and award-winning wines along with an olive oil and vinegar tasting. Photo booth available to commemorate visit.

Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekenders at McCay Cellars downtown tasting room (photo by Frances Siria)

D'ART WINES
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

13299 N. Curry Avenue, Lodi 95240 / (209) 334-9946
Amenities: Barrel tasting of d’Art’s acclaimed Port style wine. Multi-vintage tasting of varietal wines, and opportunity to learn about blending, not to mention bowls of the Dart family’s outrageously good chocolate chili.

DANCING COYOTE WINES
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

3125 E. Orange Street, Acampo 95220 / (209) 339-9780
Amenities: Tasting of award winning reds and whites (including some unique, rarely seen varietals), now packaged in both bottles and cans. Chocolates and other sweet treats. “Rustic charm” does not even begin to describe the Old World feel of the Dancing Coyote tasting room, located in a historic winery (now the McCormack Williamson Winery) dating back to the 1860s.

DELICATO FAMILY VINEYARDS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

12001 South Highway 99, Manteca 96336 / (209) 824-3500
Amenities: You can avoid early crowds by taking exit #246 from CA Hwy. 99 to find this Manteca based winery (producing wines from the extensive Lodi Viticultural Area acreage owned by the Indelicato family), with its ample parking for cars, limos or buses, with easy access to freeways for return drives. A special wine tasting menu offered with savories and chocolates, plus Delicato Family Vineyards’ 31st Fine Art Show.

2019's complimentary Lodi Wine & Chocolate glass

DRAVA WINES
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

1378 E Turner Rd Suite D, Lodi 95240 / (209) 400-5009
Amenities: Freshly-grilled chocolate ganache sandwiches. Hand-crafted wines made from LODI RULES certified sustainable wine grapes. Hand-made sweets by Zelly Marz Fine Candies and Petit Fours.

DURST WINERY ESTATE
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

10173 East Acampo Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 601-1413
Amenities: East side Lodi vineyard setting in what used to be a Prohibition (1920s) party house (and still a stunning oasis). Live music by Levi Huffman. The sweet and savory “art” of chocolate and wine pairing. Food offerings (for purchase) by BAM Chocolate and FIRED Pizza Oven.

E2 FAMILY WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

9301 West Highway 12, Lodi, 95242 / (209) 993-2334
Amenities: Barrel tasting with the option to purchase wine “futures.” BBQ samplers, snack platters, giant games, cornhole, music, and chances to win wine while sampling winning wines.

Days of delicious wines, rosés and roses during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

ESTATE CRUSH
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

2 West Lockeford Street, Lodi, 95240 / (209) 368-7595
Amenities: This Downtown Lodi winery is where over 60 labels of customized wines are produced. A special, multi-brand wine flight will be offered over the weekend, including Estate Crush’s newest sparkling wine. Stepping outside the Estate Crush tasting room, there will be a “Crush Pad Tasting” of (owner/winemaker) Bob Colarossi’s famous (in his mind!) grilled tri-tip with Port wine chocolate reduction sauce (truly delicious!) matched with a barrel sampling of the Colarossi family’s estate grown Stellina Old Vine Zinfandel. Special weekend discounts and sales.

GOODMILLS FAMILY WINERY
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

17266 Hillside Drive, Lodi 95240 / (209) 727-0728
Amenities: A natural place for “Good”(Mills) friends, times and wines. Experience food pairings, music, vendors and a raffle.

GRACE VINEYARDS
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

28001 North Nichols Road, Galt 95632 / (916) 826-8288
Amenities: Cabernet demi-glace meatballs and garlic basil mashed potatoes, and other food samples with Grace Vineyards wines, located in an absolutely serene colonial style estate in Galt.

HARMONY WYNELANDS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

9291 E. Harney Lane, Lodi 95240 / (209) 369-4184
Amenities: Live music, barbecued goodies, freshly-made chocolate fudge, and of course, delicious wines (from sparklers to sweet dessert styles) in and outside a spectacular, high beamed tasting room also built to house an enormous 1,500-pipe 2/11 Robert Morton organ (often played during the weekend) originally from San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre.

Wine & Chocolate Instagram moment at PRIE Winery

HERITAGE OAK WINERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

10112 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 986-2763
Amenities: Fill a complimentary decorated silk bag with your favorite chocolate treats while enjoying the live music of Whisky Slough Band on Saturday, and Bob Stanley Band on Sunday (12-3 PM each day). Special sale prices on some of Heritage Oak’s acclaimed, handcrafted, largely estate grown wines.

HOUSLEY'S CENTURY OAK WINERY
Full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

22211 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 334-3482
Amenities: Sample Bellindora Olive Oil & Vinegars, Marich Chocolate, and Ohana Chip Company alongside Housley’s Century Oak wines. Custom cutting boards and other unique gifts by April Morse, as well as dishes by TACOS URUAPAN, will be available for purchase. Live music, barrel tastings, and Adam’s photo display. In honor of Alaina Housley, we will prominently be featuring #Alainasvoice.

JESSIE'S GROVE WINERY
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

1973 W. Turner Road, Lodi 95242 / (209) 368-0880
Amenities: DJ tunes, local goods, and culinary treats to go with winemaker barrel tastings. Merchandise by local artisans and additional food by local vendors. Limited-time sales offerings of Jessie’s Grove wines, many grown in this venerated estate (vineyard blocks dating back as far as 1886, 1889, 1900 and the 1940s, continuously farmed by the same family that owns Jessie’s Grove today).

KLINKER BRICK WINERY
(Pouring at Lodi Vintners in Acampo)
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

3750 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 368-2019
Amenities: Experience Klinker Brick’s nationally acclaimed wines in the barrel warehouse of Lodi Vintners, located at a historic Lodi site (originally founded in 1900 as the Urgon Winery). Offerings of live music, wine discounts, and chocolate. Edibles by Bam’s Treats Toffee, crafts by J & L Krafts Barrel Creations, and products of Distinctive Tastes Balsamics also available for purchase.

Barrel tastings with celebrity winemakers during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

LANGETWINS FAMILY WINERY & VINEYARDS
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

1525 E. Jahant Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 334-9780
Amenities: Rain or shine, LangeTwins Family’s Press Room is the place to be (their tasting/barrel room is sheltered by its location under their crush/press pad). There will be four pouring stations manned by the winery’s educated staff and members of family themselves (the Langes have been farming in Lodi since the 1800s!). Among a large, varied portfolio of estate grown wines, highly recommended is the LangeTwins Family Sangiovese Rosé paired with warm, melted Brie, chocolate and basil paninis.

LODI VINTNERS
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

3750 East Woodbridge Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 368-2019
Amenities: Here on this historic site (of Lodi’s first independent winery, established just north of the City in 1900), you can experience the intense yet elegantly crafted Rippey Family Vineyards portfolio of wines, along with chocolates.

LONE GRAPE WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

12470 Locke Road, Lockeford 95237 / (209) 269-3701
Amenities: Wine and chocolate pairings, and special case offerings. The winery’s adjoining full-service restaurant (the widely lauded The Gypsy Bistro) is also open for lunch and dinner during the weekend.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend at Lodi's Harmony Wynelands

LVVR SPARKLING CELLARS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

12470 Locke Road Ste 700, Lockeford 95237 / (209) 727-6062
Amenities: A full line-up of this emerging brand’s artisanal, handcrafted, dry sparkling wines (by Lodi’s only authentic “champagne method” producer) will be offered with various “sweet treats.”

M2 WINES
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

2900 E. Peltier Road, Acampo, CA 95220 / (209) 339-1071
Amenities: A sweet/savory study of the relationship between wine and chocolate with us with chocolate variations of shots and sliders. Both barrel and bottle tastings, and selfie opportunities in front of the m2 “Love Wall.” Tag @m2wines and use hashtags #moments and #lodiwinecountry.

MACCHIA WINES
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

7099 E. Peltier Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 333-2600
Amenities: Showcasing Macchia’s ever-popular meatballs in homemade chocolate habanero zin Port-reduction sauce, and plenty of other chocolate offering. Three-part harmony of classic rock by “A.R.G.” Premier tasting of wines from the newly-released 2017 vintage, and a photobooth to commemorate your visit to Lodi’s leading vineyard-designate Zinfandel specialist.

MCCAY CELLARS
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

100 S. Sacramento St., Lodi 95240 / (209) 368-9463
Amenites: In Downtown Lodi next to the historic Lodi Transit Center (the train depot around which the City of Lodi was founded). Taste the McCay family’s secret-recipe “Great Grandma’s Rocky Road” along with a sneak preview of upcoming releases – including a wine with a name ending in “X” (can you guess?). Taste juicy, unbottled wines from barrels, and play a “Pull the Cork” game for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to McCay Cellars, or score discounts on wine purchases.

MCCONNELL ESTATES WINERY
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

10686 W. Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove 95757 / (916) 685-5368
Amenities: Taste this Elk Grove based winery’s unique wines grown in their own Cosumnes River-Lodi AVA vineyards. Experience chocolate treats with the McConnell Estates dessert style red (their 6 Gen Zin) and visit their gift shop – located in the family’s beautifully restored 100-year farmhouse, replete with antiques.

Live music everywhere you go during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

METTLER FAMILY VINEYARDS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

7889 E. Harney Lane, Lodi 95240 / (209) 369-3045
Amenities: There is nothing like this family’s impeccably crafted, 100% estate grown wines (winemaker Adam Mettler was named Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year – and that’s from among the entire world’s roster of great winemakers!), especially when served with the family’s customary Wine & Chocolate Weekend “Mole” meatballs. There is also live music, and plenty of room to dance – in their tasting room and patio surrounded by vines – both days between 12 and 3 PM.

MICHAEL DAVID WINERY
(Pouring at Cellar Door)
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

21 N. School Street, Lodi 95240 / (209) 339-4394
Amenities: Wines such as Freakshow, Petite Petit and Earthquake offer something for every palate. Celebrate Wine & Chocolate Weekend at the family’s (farming in Lodi since the 1860s, and now led by Michael and David Phillips) Downtown Lodi wine bar (Cellar Door), where you will find plenty of chocolate treats to go with these famous wines, and hop, skip and jumping live music (bands playing Bourbon Street style from an indoor balcony).

NOSTRA VITA FAMILY WINERY
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

1150 W. Turner Road, Lodi 95242 / (209) 334-0274
Amenities: A variety of white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines offered with spicy BBQ pork tacos, chicken tacos, savory burrito bowls, and the best shrimp fajitas in the county from a local food truck. Enjoy Nostra Vita’s signature decadent brownies topped with a Bacio Dolce dessert wine frosting, as well as live music. Also taste the 2017 Nostra Vita Old Vine Zinfandel directly from the barrel.

OAK FARM VINEYARDS
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

23627 N. DeVries Road, Lodi 95240 / (209) 365-6565
Amenities: For the past few years, the “must-visit” showcase winery on everyone’s list (hence, the 2018 winner of San Joaquin Magazine’s “Best Overall Winery” and “Wine Tasting Room”). Live music by Whiskey Kiss and debut tasting of the 2018 Oak Farm Rosé. For additional purchase, gourmet sandwiches prepared by A Moveable Feast food truck, as well as gift shopping display by Boxwood Finch, Rustic Crunch caramel corn, and bouquets meeting the height of romance and passion by the Willow Floral Design truck.

OAK RIDGE WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

6100 E. Highway 12 (Victor Rd), Lodi / (209) 369-4758
Amenities: Fabulous variety of wines and chocolates. Live music by Mondo and other local artists. For purchase, snacks by Tacos De Nieve and (Saturday only) and beautiful flower arrangements by La Loretta’s Floral Truck. 

PEIRANO ESTATE WINERY & VINEYARDS
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

21831 N. Highway 99, Acampo 95220 / (209) 369-9463
Amenities: Time to commit “The Immortal Zin” (that is, tastings of Peirano’s award winning Zinfandel, from vines cultivated by the family for over 110 years). Sample estate grown wines with assorted chocolates by San Francisco Chocolate Factory. Enjoy plush ambiance of the estate’s picnic area right alongside the ancient vines, and take advantage of special weekend case discounts.

Lodi Wine & Chocolate lovers at Van Ruiten Family Winery (photo by Frances Siria)

PELTIER WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

22150 N. Kennefick Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 367-4882
Amenities: If you’re with your sweetheart, you are invited to add a Love Lock to our trellis and throw away the key (padlocks available for purchase, or bring your own). For purchase, fresh pies baked by Paul’s Rustic Oven Pizza all weekend long.

PONDL WINERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

665 W. Turner Rd., Lodi 95242 / (209) 367-3672
Amenities: Six different handcrafted Pondl wines served with chicken in chocolate mole sauce and corn tortillas.

PRIE WINERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

15628 N. Alpine Road, Lodi 95240 / (925) 784-0394
Amenities: The epitome of a boutique, handcraft, family owned winery, producing both classic varietals and varietals you have never seen before, in modern day Lodi’s finest fashion. Live music by She Calls Him Wilson 1-4 PM on both Saturday & Sunday. Rare tasting of PRIE’s Late Harvest Zin. For purchase, there will be chocolates by 3D Candies and cheeses from Tres Bien Company, as well as plenty of props to snap fun, and truly Instagram-worthy, photos. 

RIAZA WINES
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

2441 Stockton Street #1, Lodi 95240 / (209) 625-1103
Amenities: Check out Riaza’s new, expansive Downtown Lodi digs, and say hello to the friendliest tasting room staff in town! Live music by Clerical Estate on Sunday and William Sconce on Sunday. Take selfies of yourself “running” with the bulls of Pamplona. Sample three of Riaza’s finest wines, and taste directly from the barrel. Last but not least, savor Riaza’s bacon-wrapped, dark chocolate and goat cheese-stuffed dates.

RIPKEN VINEYARDS & WINERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

2472 W. Sargent Road, Lodi 95242 / (209) 367-9463
Amenities: The Ripken family’s DIY Network-constructed outdoor tasting room (yes, HGTV’s glamourous celebrity hosts were here with their hammers!) is always a Wine & Chocolate Weekend must-stop. Taste an adventurous line-up of wines that take the “road less travelled.” Sit out among the estate grown vines and roast s’mores at an outdoor fire pit (weather permitting). For purchase, there will be gourmet edibles prepared by Midgley's Public Truck.

SCOTTO'S WINE & CIDER
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

14 S. School Street, Lodi 95240 / (209) 224-8590
Amenities: During the weekend, Scotto’s is introducing their new Chocolate Cuvee wine. Also back by popular demand, a popcorn bar along with a hot chocolate bar for designated drivers. Live, ultra-smooth jazz by Travis Vega, and a selfie wall to commemorate the moment.

SORELLE WINERY
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

9599 N. State Route 88, Stockton 95212 / (209) 931-4350
Amenities: If you venture just a little further south to the edge of the Lodi appellation, you’ll find a picturesque château-like vineyard estate centered around the 1866 Dodge House (marked by a commemorative plaque bestowed by Daughters of the American Revolution). Besides the towering trees alongside the vines making an ideal Instagram photo op, this is where you can also indulge in a decadent chocolate fountain (dip, dunk, eat, repeat!) and, of course, in Sorelle’s Italian inspired varietal wines, from bottles as well as from barrels. For light-weights, there will also be Sorelle’s luscious wine slushies.

Good times during 2018's Lodi Wine & Chocolate celebration (photo by Frances Siria)

STAMA WINERY 
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

17521 North Davis Road, Lodi 95242 | (209) 727-3314
Amenities: The Kapiniaris family – proudly representing Lodi’s Greek heritage as growers and vintners – invite Wine & Chocolate Weekend lovers to enjoy decadent chocolate brownies with their classically fruit-forward, Lodi grown varietal reds. Special case/bottle discounts offered during the weekend. Highly recommended: Stama’s newly released 2016 Nymph Cabernet/Merlot blend, specially signed by Stama’s owner and winemaker.

ST. JORGE WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

22769 N. Bender Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 365-0202
Amenities: This winery/estate is Lodi’s Portuguese connection, with a vinous line-up that includes Verdelho, Tempranillo, and a Vino Tinto Belo blend, which the owner/winemakers (the Vierra family) will offer with slices of Topo cheese, homemade sweet bread, and pigs-in-the-mud (chocolate-dipped linguica). For additional purchase, you may also wish to indulge in linguica sandwiches and Portuguese baked goods, and sit and enjoy your weekend around the fountain in the middle of St. Jorge’s earthen gold and red tinted European style courtyard.

THE DANCING FOX WINERY & BREWERY
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

203 S. School Street, Lodi 95240 / (209) 366-2634
Amenities: In Downtown Lodi, enjoy award-winning wines, house-made chocolate Port ice cream, fresh baked focaccia, and other special treats. Among the more unusual offerings: Dancing Fox’s Cherry Ports, and a “Spirit of Zin” Zinfandel Port (aged in bourbon barrels). You might also want to take a seat in Dancing Fox’s on-site restaurant, offering a full menu and range of beverages.

THOMAS ALLEN VINEYARDS & WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

5573 West Woodbridge Road, Lodi 95242 / (209) 810-0058
Amenities: One of Lodi’s newest winery destinations, owned by third generation wine grape grower Thomas Michael Stokes and Allen Lombardi. You are invited to taste from barrels and bottles with the winemaker, which will be complimented by chocolates, snacks and music.

TOASTED TOAD CELLARS
NOT accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

21 E. Elm Street, Lodi 95240 / (209) 400-4040
Amenities: There is always a great time at this Downtown Lodi winery. “Hop in” to enjoy food or chocolate pairings with each of Toasted Toad’s white, red, rosé, and Port-style wines. Special weekend discount offerings.

VAN RUITEN FAMILY WINERY & VINEYARDS
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

340 W. Highway 12, Lodi 95242 / (209) 334-5722
Amenities: If there is to be a “Winestock 2019” in Lodi, you will find it here on W. Kettleman Lane/W. Hwy. 12. The winery invites you to put on your bell-bottoms, tie-dye, and bandanas to groove to the live, good vibrations of Crosstown 5, while enjoying (of course) Van Ruiten Family’s impeccably crafted wines (one emerging specialty, an elegantly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon). There will be fresh flowers for sale to help spread the “flower power.” Also for purchase, delicious edibles by Far Out food truck.

Tastings with winemakers during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend

VIAGGIO ESTATE WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

100 E. Taddei Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 333-0431
Amenities: One of Lodi’s most beautiful winery settings, among the vines and trees alongside the Mokelumne River. Enjoy live music and wines paired with chocolates and brownies. Gourmet pizzas also available for purchase.

WEIBEL FAMILY VINEYARDS & WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+

1 Winemaster Way (enter at Dock 21 on N. side of building), Lodi 95240 / (209) 365-9463
Amenities: Delicious, uniquely flavored sparkling wine, a variety of sweets, and dancing to a live band. Snap photos and do some Valentine’s Day shopping from several artisan vendors. 15%-off bottle and 20%-off case purchases.

WINE SOCIAL
Appointment required for full-sized buses / groups of 15+

7 N. School Street, Lodi 95240 / (209) 224-5740
Amenities: Your Downtown Lodi hangout, where you can enjoy the Italian inspired varietals of Sorelle Winery and the French style, hand crafted wines of Six Hands Winery at a wine bar or in a comfortable lounge and patio setting – all paired with decadent wine-infused brownies. Special discounts on purchases all weekend long.

WOODBRIDGE UNCORKED
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

18911 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge 95258 / (209) 333-8463
Amenities: Tastings of Lodi’s best local wines, sweet treats provided from local vendors, and savory charcuterie boards to go with live entertainment in this intimate wine bar and tap room, located in the historic, little hamlet of Woodbridge, which has become quite the culinary destination.

WOODBRIDGE BY ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY
Accepting full-sized buses / groups of 15+ accepted

5950 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo 95220 / (209) 365-8139
Amenities: Here, on Lodi’s east side, you will find the region’s largest selection of small lot, specialty wines (crafted by the Woodbridge winemakers and offered only at the winery!) as well as sweet wines (including two incredible estate grown Ports – absolute “perfection” with chocolates). Live blues by Kyle Rowland and some great food offerings.

Love is in the air during Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend (photo by Frances Siria)

 

 

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