We really do wish it would rain. But since the forecast for the next few days is nothing but sun, we can’t help but be glad that the Lodi Wine Stroll is happening this weekend.
The Lodi Wine Stroll is a great, low-key alternative to many of Lodi’s more highly-publicized events (such as the February Wine & Chocolate event and the ZinFest in May). Those events tend to draw larger crowds, so the Wine Stroll is a particularly good way to get to know Lodi wines better in a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a Saturday date night or, even better, a weekend wine country getaway!
We talked to our resident wine expert, Lodi local Dave Arney, for some tips on the spots that shouldn’t be missed.
We have featured d’Art wines on this blog before, because they make some of the best and most exciting wines that Lodi has to offer. It just so happens that d’Art is also an official winery of the 2015 Lodi Wine Stroll, making it a can’t-miss winery for anyone attending the Stroll this year. The tasting room at the winery itself is small and often requires reservations, but vintners from d’Art will be on hand at a booth downtown on Saturday night, pouring tastes and talking wine. A perfect opportunity to taste some great Lodi wines.
Lodi’s Cheese Central has been described as “cheese heaven,” and with good reason – the store offers a huge selection of cheese from all over, and a knowledgeable staff that can help you pair to perfection. Easily the most exciting non-wine participant in the Wine Stroll – be on the lookout for delicious samples on Saturday night!
The Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery & Eatery
The Dancing Fox is a local favorite – and with good reason. Not only was the winery recently voted best local winery, but the downtown location boasts historic ambiance and delicious food. After an evening of strolling, dinner at the Dancing Fox is a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy. But in case too many other people have the same idea, a quick stop in on Sunday morning for brunch or a bakery item.
Jessie’s Grove in the The Olde Ice House Cellars in Downtown Lodi
If you’ve got some time before the wine stroll begins, step back in time at the tasting room for Jessie’s Grove in downtown Lodi. The Olde Ice House was built in the late 1800s, and is worth visiting for the tour alone. But don’t miss out on the tasting experience while you’re there! Many of the wines that Jessie’s Grove has to offer are made with grapes from vines that are as old as the Ice House itself – a real treat! Be sure to arrive in the afternoon, as the tasting room usually closes by 5pm.