Wine enthusiasts will enjoy a warm welcome and a friendly face as they travel Lodi Wine Country and enjoy a diverse range of wines, delicious foods, and great hospitality. Lodi, our 2016 conference host, is again going all-out with our first-ever two-night pre-con excursion. Attendees will be picked up at the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), the official airport of the WMTC and WBC, on Tuesday and dropped off at the Hampton Inn Lodi. Call 209-369-2700 and ask for the Lodi Winegrape Commission rate to reserve your room with the group rate. Then on Thursday morning, attendees will be shuttled to the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. There’s loads of fun in between!
See for yourself and sign up today! There are only 14 seats remaining!
Tuesday, November 7
Wednesday, November 8
8:00 AM – An “Albarino Breakfast” at Bokisch Vineyards’ Terra Alta Vineyard (Clements Hills-Lodi); highlighting the Albarinos of 6 Lodi specialty producers, plus Bokisch Vineyards Spanish white and red varietals
10:30 AM – An “Ancient Vine Zinfandel Experience” at Harney Lane Winery’s Lizzy James Vineyard (own-rooted vines planted in 1904)
11:30 AM – An “Alpine Road Lunch” (east side of Mokelumne River-Lodi) at Klinker Brick Winery; featuring the classic and alternative style wines of Klinker Brick and Mettler Family Vineyards
1:30 PM – “Heritage Varietal” tasting (Cinsaut and Carignan) at Bechthold Vineyard, Lodi’s oldest continuously farmed vines (planted in 1886); featuring the ancient vine Cinsauts and Carignans of Michael David Winery, McCay Cellars, Fields Family Wines, Estate Crush, Michael Klouda and Onesta Wines
2:45 PM – Stainless steel and oak barrel tasting at Oak Farm Vineyards; highlighting the Lodi wine region at its most innovative and contemporary in style
6:00 PM – An “Ancient Vine Dinner” with Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, November 9
10: 30 AM – A Lodi Native Zinfandel tasting of 2014s and 2015s; featuring Lodi’s most talked-about, minimal-intervention wines
ABOUT LODI WINE COUNTRY
Located between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Lodi Wine Country, a region quickly emerging as one of California’s most exciting wine destinations. Over the past decade 4th- and 5th-generation winegrowers dedicated to the soils and vines have brought creative winemaking and cutting-edge technology to the region, catapulting Lodi into the spotlight. Find them on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine.