Announcing the 2016 WBC pre and post conference excursions!
It is no secret that Zephyr Conferences is fortunate to have the opportunity to host the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA this year. Not only is the Lodi region a truly special place but after our announcement of the WBC 2016 location Lodi has been showered with awards including Wine Region of the Year.
It’s with that precedent we wanted to organize as much as possible to get bloggers and writers outside to see what Lodi and the surrounding areas have to share. This year, we will be offering three pre-conference and one post-conference excursion.
Kicking off on Wednesday August 10th, all our excursion participants will get picked up at the Sacramento International Airport at 2pm for their respective excursions. You can read the details of each excursion here
Pre-Conference Excursion Options:
Our first excursion option is hosted by Lodi Wine Comission. Spend a little time getting to know our host area for WBC with a in-depth tour of Lodi wine country. This group will have the opportunity to taste interesting experimental local wines wines as you tour through Lodi’s legendary vineyards and wineries. The dinner event is accompanied by several of Lodi’s winegrowers and winemakers and will be a family-style event. Thursday features a sunrise harvest and on-site breakfast followed by stops at more wineries while winding back to our Lodi host hotels.
SOLD OUT – The second excursion option for attendees is with the Amador Vintners Association. This association is based in Plymouth, population 1000, 45 minutes from Lodi in the Sierra foothills. The group will enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings followed by an evening stroll in iconic downtown Sutter Creek filled with specially paired wine-culinary offerings. The following day a VIP shuttle will to more hands-on winery tours and then shuttle back to Lod for the conference kick off. Discover Amador’s “Heart of Gold”…experience you can taste!
The third excursion option is a trip to Livermore Valley with the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. Historic Livermore Valley is known as the “birthplace of California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon”. Located 90 minutes southwest of Sacramento and just 35 miles east of San Francisco, Livermore is easy to get to and full of history and wonderful wines. The Livermore group will visit a few local wineries before enjoying dinner, paired with Livermore Valley wines, at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. The following day will be more winery tours, lunch at Sabio on Main and a shuttle back to our host hotels in Lodi.
Lodi Wine Commission is also the host of our post-conference excursion offing up a nice closure to WBC 2016. This group will get the opportunity to partake in Lodi’s signature “tailgate” wine tastings and check out the region’s oldest vineyard plantings. After the tour, Lodi Wine Commission has planned to hold a comprehensive tasting of some of Lodi’s oldest and finest single-old vine vineyard bottlings will be hosted by a panel of Lodi’s top winegrowers and winemakers. The post-conference excursion will conclude with a family-style dinner served with some of the region’s top wines followed by drop-off by 9:00 PM at the conference hotels in Lodi.
Things to Know
- Each excursion has an overnight stay in a hotel you must book yourself and includes transportation and dinner. You can view and book those options here.
- All pre and post conference excursions cost $50 for Citizen Bloggers $100 for Industry or Non-Citizen Bloggers. If you have already registered for WBC, Add your excursions
- Each excursion can host up to 50 participants….space is a bit limited based on our attendee list…if you have not yet registered for WBC Register and sign up for excursions