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Lodi: The Wine-Grape Capital of California

Lodi: The Wine-Grape Capital of California

Things to Do While You are Stuck in Lodi

You could visit the Farmer’s Market, which is run by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce. There is a wide selection of fresh produce, baked goods, crafts food vendors and live music all taking place from June 7th to September 7th downtown on School St.

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Photo by Mulad

Every September the very popular Lodi Grape Festival is held.  There are rides for the kids and gourmet food, as well as wine tasting.

The Wine and Food Festival is held in March and April, and it showcases the 50 plus award winning wineries. Beginning this year, there was added a Beer Fest showcasing IPA’s and other types of microbrewed beer accompanied by food and music.


Taste of Lodi is an event designed to make people come and get stuck in Lodi. It features over 40 award-winning Lodi wineries also along with food from some of the finer restaurants along with wine seminars, demonstrations, live music, and it also has a Port, Cigar and Chocolate Pavilion.

Lodi-wine-country-tourZinfest began in 2005 and is sponsored by the Lodi Winegrape Commission. This wine event is held at Lodi Lake and features Lodi’s finest Zinfandel wines.

Wine and Chocolate Weekend has been going on since 1997. It is held every February. Wineries of the Lodi Appellation participate with each of the more than 50 wineries hosting special activities at their winery. The tickets include 2 days of wine tasting, a wine glass, a chocolate treat, and a chance to win other prizes.

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Photo by Sharon Hahn Darlin

There are all kinds of opportunities for wine tasting with the different 85 plus wineries. The tasting rooms range from large to small. The one thing you will discover no matter where you go to taste the wines of Lodi, and the surrounding areas are called the “Lodi Wine Experience”.

Although Lodi is known for its hearty Zinfandel wines, they are also known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon. Most weekends there are opportunities to not only to taste many different wines, there are Lodi wine dinners, food and wine pairings and educational opportunities as well.

But, Lodi is More Than Wine……

If you’ve had enough wine, visit the charming downtown of Lodi.  Some of its attractions include the Hill House Museum. The Museum resides in a Queen Anne Victorian House built in 1906 and has historical exhibits relating to Lodi’s history.

Does science float your boat?  Stop at the World of Wonder. The World of Wonder is a science museum that modeled itself after San Francisco’s Exploratorium.

You could always go to a play at the Changing Faces Theatre Company, which is a nonprofit, student-run theater supported by the Lodi Arts Commission. The Lodi Musical Theatre on Hutchins St. Square is another venue for the performing acts and theater productions.

Get outdoors and hike, bike, run, swim, or fish at Lodi Lake. Paddle or Kayak on the Mokelumne River. Cycle through wine country, play golf and visit the many nature preserves in the area.

And if you’re in town during the Holiday Season don’t miss the Lodi Parade of Lights and the Festival of Trees.

There is Also Food in Lodi

Good food goes along with great wine, here a only a few of many great places to eat – Vintage Sports Grille, Rocky’s Cafe, Porter’s Pub, Woodbridge Inn Steakhouse, School Street Bistro and Fenix Restaurant.

And When You Need to Rest

There are hotels, motels, vacation homes and B&B’s that will provide a place to stay while you are stuck in Lodi. Here are some suggestions for B&B’s: the Bella Vino B & B, the Grand Oaks Inn and  the Inn at Locke House.

If you favor a boutique hotel, you are in luck.  The Wine and Roses Hotel, Spa and Restaurant can provide just the amount of pampering you may need.  Or a vacation house such as the Carriage House, Hutchins House, the Locus St. House and the Sandpiper House could provide peace and privacy. These are only a few suggestions with many other choices available in Lodi and the surrounding area.

So Go Ahead, Get Stuck in Lodi!

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With all that Lodi offers, is this not the best place in the world to be stuck? Lodi has so many fun and exciting things to do and it is surrounded by 190,000 acres of grapes all being made into wine – what could be better? I hope you take the time and have some fun being stuck in Lodi.

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  1. Did the author visit Lodi or just look stuff up on the web &/or a press kit?

    Not one word on the people of Lodi who truly make this town “Livable Lovable Lodi.” Go to many of our area tasting rooms and not only will you be impressed with the many, many award winning wines but you’ll probably be talking to either the winemaker or owner. Many of the wineries are families who have farmed the land for 4, 5, and even 6 generations.

    Lodi’s Downtown main drag is School Street full of restaurants of all kind, boutique shops, a few bars, and 6-8 wine tasting rooms.


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