A Few Days in Lodi

As some of you may recall, I am out in Lodi, California with a group from Snooth.com visiting and learning about the Lodi Wine Appellations. I had hoped to have more time to tend to this blog, but that was merely wishful thinking. The trip has been incredible thus far, packed full of great people, tons of information, wonderful food, and wine. Lots of wine.

Before I can post something more substantive, here are just a few of the photos that I have taken thus far.

Robert Pirie (right), a vineyard manager and pivotal figure among Lodi wine growers, with Cameron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, at Clay Station Vineyard in the  Borden Ranch Sub-Appellation.

Robert Pirie (right), a vineyard manager and pivotal figure among Lodi wine growers, with Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, at Clay Station Vineyard in the Borden Ranch Sub-Appellation.

Dinner at Wine and Roses in Lodi with Craig Ledbetter  (at the head of the table) of Vino Farms, one of the larger growers in Lodi.

Dinner at Wine and Roses in Lodi with Craig Ledbetter (at the head of the table) of Vino Farms, one of the larger growers in Lodi.

Markus Bokisch (Bokisch Vineyards) in Las Cerezas Vineyard.

Markus Bokisch (Bokisch Vineyards) in Las Cerezas Vineyard.

Brett Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards doing his best disco moves (actually I just caught this as he was pointing out some of the vineyards). He is the son of Bob and Mary Lou Koth, pioneers in bringing German varieties to the U.S.

Brett Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards doing his best disco moves (actually I just caught this as he was pointing out some of the vineyards). He is the son of Bob and Mary Lou Koth (seated), pioneers in bringing German varieties to the U.S.

Yeah, I went there....

Yeah, I went there….

A typical morning tasting at Bokisch Vineyards.

A typical morning tasting at Bokisch Vineyards.

We went into a lot of vineyards, this is a 100 year old vine in the Schmeidt Vineyard.

We went into a lot of vineyards, this is a 100-year-old vine in the Schmeidt Vineyard.

Randy Caparoso discussing the Lodi Native Project (much more on that down the road).

Randy Caparoso discussing the Lodi Native Project (much more on that down the road).

Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines) giving us a tour of the Noma and Schmeidt vineyards.

Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines) giving us a tour of the Noma and Schmeidt vineyards.

The group at the Lodi Native Tasting (left to right):  Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Amy Corron Power (AnotherWineBlog.com), Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines), The Drunken Cyclist, Frank Morgan (DrinkWhatYouLike.com), Julia Crowley (TheRealWineJulia.com), Gabe Sasso (GabesView.com) Claudia Angelillo (Snooth.com), Stuart Spencer (St. Amant Winery), Mark Angelillo (Snooth.com)

The group at the Lodi Native Tasting (left to right): Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Amy Corron Power (AnotherWineBlog.com), Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines), The Drunken Cyclist, Frank Morgan (DrinkWhatYouLike.com), Julia Crowley (TheRealWineJulia.com), Gabe Sasso (GabesView.com) Claudia Angelillo (Snooth.com), Stuart Spencer (St. Amant Winery), Mark Angelillo (Snooth.com)

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About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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25 Responses to A Few Days in Lodi

  1. susielindau says:

    Thanks for the virtual tour!

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  2. love the glasses, do you have the matching phone case? Yep,there is a phone case.

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  3. Plz go to McCay Cellars if you can – cool tasting room experience and amazing wine!

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  4. Jeff,

    Those glasses alone were worth the trip!

    Cheers
    Josh

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  5. Looks like a blast! Cannot wait to taste the wines; see you tonight!

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    • It was great “seeing” you last night! What did you think about the tasting?

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      • I thought it was excellent. I have attended many tastings lead by Master Somms, they are always excellent. It was tough to taste, write, tweet and type on Snooth! Woo. It sounds like you all had a fab week in Lodi!

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      • I thought it was really good, too. I told the Snooth people that it was a really good idea to have the Lodi marketing guy, Camron King, there as well. He was able to fill in with info that Kyle, the grower, could not. Camron is very good at what he does….

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  6. Beth says:

    So that’s life through red wine colored glasses! 😉 I am also leaning towards Lodi for my next long weekend!

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  7. KF says:

    Sounds like a blast; I like the Gruener Veltliner from Dancing Coyote in Acampo (adjacent to Lodi), and I always have a hard time finding a good Gruener Veltliner that is not imported from Austria.

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  8. dwdirwin says:

    Are wine goggles supposed to be classier than beer goggles?

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  9. boozeguru says:

    Looks like fun! Color me jealous. I am a Som 1…but as a “booze blogger” I don’t get wine cred. C’est la víe!

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  10. I am especially enamored with that 100-year old vine! WoW!

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