Thursday, 20 June 2013

Wine Destination 101: Lodi Wineries

By Philip David

Lodi wineries are the residence to massive and gorgeous array of major wineries. One thing to mention about this region is their abundant resource of grapes. Because of this, Lodi wine country is able to send out thousands and thousands of wine cases each year that also includes mass unbranded wines. Occupying more than 75,000 acres with 60 amazing wineries scattered across the land, they are considered at the top of planting grapes and transforming them into exceptional wine like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfadel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The chronicles of Lodi wineries dates all the way back from 1800's when gold miners became farmers when they found out that they have more than enough grapes to supply wine vineyards. Currently, Lodi Wineries has visibly progress into one of the most recommended destinations for wine lovers. Almost all the wineries have their own tasting areas and will surely give you a memorable experience there.

The signature wine varietals at Abundance Vineyards include the Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert wine, Chardonnay, Merlot, Red Blends, Petite Sirah, Sparkling wine, White Blends, Syrah and Zinfandel among others. The amenities in the winery include a picnic area, performances and concerts which visitors can enjoy as they go for wine visiting tours. Mencarinin Brothers own the winery and Jim Yerkes is the head winemaker and guarantees visitors of the best wine tasting experience ever.

D'art Wines is also celebrated for its excellent wine and tasting rooms. Their tasting rooms give off an elegant vibe and add a more exquisite experience to your whole visit there. It size is enough to comfortable accommodate big groups of people that are taking advantage of their free wine tasting sessions coupled with some food pairing such as their delicious chocolate chips and chili.

The boutique winery of Duckhorn Vineyards is among the top rated in Lodi wineries and specializes in production of premium Merlot wines. It was founded by Dan Duckhorn in 1976 and over time, their annual production has been increasing significantly to its current standing of more than 20, 000 cases. The vineyard produces limited single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots alongside the less expensive but highly regarded Sauvignon Blanc. Dan Duckhorn was claimed as the 'Winemaker of the Year' by San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. Still, the company has been labeling its wines under different names such as 'Migration' and 'Decoy'.

Established by the Van Ruiten Family, Van Ruiten Family Winery has been leading in terms of success in wine production in the Lodi wine region. Situated in between San Francisco Bay Delta and Sierra Foothills, one can surely adore the pleasant and relaxing climate conditions of Van Ruiten Family Winery. Starting 1999, it has been providing one of the most unique wine experiences in the nation.

The Jessie's Grove Winery is situation right in between the slopes of Sierra Nevada and Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta in Lodi region. Due to this, they are in the position of sustaining grape planting and harvesting, as well as wine production. The vineyard produces premium quality wines such as the 2010 Jessence Blanc, 2011 Muscat Blanc, 2012 Chardonnay, 2010 Dry rose and other classic varietals.

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