I love wine tasting in Lodi. It’s not far from Sacramento, it’s casual and the region produces lots of great wine. What’s not to love? After learning that friends of mine took over the Lodi Vintners Tasting Room with a few others, I decided I had to go and see (and taste) what was up and enlisted my friend Meredith to accompany me. Boy, were we in for a treat!
The tasting room is gorgeous. Rustic wood, exposed beams and industrial style light fixtures. We had the pleasure of being served by Brooke, the Tasting Room Manager. Her enthusiasm and knowledge about each wine made it more than a tasting, but a true experience inside each wine and its creation. When you walk in, you’re able to taste four wines from the Rippey Family Vineyards label, one between Reign Merlot and Concrete Red Blend or Old Vine Zinfandel, finishing with a taste of Sip Moscato. One sweet surprise is that the Moscato is paired with ginger peach sorbet. Yes. It’s true. It was so good, I almost licked the bowl. Almost. The value of the flight is unsurpassed not just because of the price but the quality of each wine. We did not taste one that we didn’t like, and honestly, it’s the best $5 you’ll spend for a while.
Meredith and I tasted at our leisure, stopping to check out (and purchase) some of the goodies for sale and watch the football game that was playing on the TV overhead (yes you can visit on a Sunday and not miss a beat). With our early arrival we had the tasting room to ourselves until a large group of people came in, but even then, we didn’t feel cramped since the room is so spacious. After we chatted some more with Brooke, we decided to go outside to the courtyard and play some bocce with a glass of wine since the weather was so lovely.
Enjoy some pictures from our visit at Lodi Vintners!
The tasting room exclusively serves Rippey Family Vineyards, Sip Moscato, and the newly released Reign and Concrete Wine Co, all of which are available for purchase at the tasting room. I went home with a bottle from each collection and am now regretting not joining the wine club (all the reason to go back). They even have the glasses you taste with for sale. I walked away with a couple of those too.
Lodi Vintners Tasting Room
3750 E. Woodbridge Road