Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

I heart Lodi

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 at 11:54 am in Uncategorized.

So we went to Lodi over the weekend for Jenny’s birthday. I wasn’t expecting much; maybe quality on par with Livermore. But I have to tell you Jenny and I were blown away. From the moment we arrived at Michael David Winery — makers of the uncannily smooth Earthquake series — to our final romp through Viano Piazza – a modern structure of 10 independent tasting rooms — it was high- caliber value wines over and over again. I think it’s the soil: more clay and loam than sand, and that makes for more pepper and spice than fruit. Hence, you can actually find zinfandels that don’t taste like a jar of Smuckers. It reminded me of Paso Robles, which in five years has gone from barns and ranchers to the third largest wine region in California. I’ll bring my list tomorrow and fill you in on everywhere you should go. But mark my word, this place is going to boom like a Paso.

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