One-Hundred Fifty Ways to Celebrate California Wine Month: Lodi’s 2nd Annual Road Trip Passport, September 1st – 30th, 2013
19 August, 2013
Lodi, CA – Join Lodi Appellation’s vintners as they celebrate California Wine Month with the second annual Lodi Road Trip Passport. Kicking off on Sunday, September 1st, 2013, and running through Monday, September 30th, 2013, this month-long event boasts over 150 unique and engaging activities collectively, hosted by nearly 50 participating Lodi wineries.
Experiences like LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards’ Cycling Excursion on September 2nd or Klinker Brick Winery’s “Iron Man: Pick, Run, Stomp” Contest, taking place on September 28th, appeal to the adventure-seeking wine enthusiasts. Those interested in adding an educational element to their road trip are encouraged to check out vineyard tours, bottle-your-own-wine opportunities and blending seminars by Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards, Estate Crush, Harney Lane Winery and the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center. Over 14 Lodi wineries will offer food connoisseurs the ultimate gastronomical experience with delicious pairings of wine with creamy cheeses, rich chocolates, barbecued sausage or fresh-shucked oysters.
“Lodi’s Road Trip Passport is the perfect opportunity for visitors to meet and get to know our passionate vintners while experiencing the diversity of the region in an exciting, new way,” states Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. “With such an action-packed calendar of festivities during the most exciting time of year, harvest, it will be extremely difficult to find a reason not to visit Lodi wine country this September.”
During the month of September, participating wineries will also be offering exclusive discounts on wine tastings and bottle or case purchases to those who purchase a Lodi Road Trip passport booklet. Passport holders can also expect to receive special offers from over 20 Lodi area restaurants, hotels and boutique businesses.
Passports are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.LodiRoadTrip.com or by calling the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 209.365.0621. Passport holders must be 21 years of age or older to enjoy Lodi wines; passports are non-refundable.
About Lodi Wine Country
Located south of Sacramento and west of the Sierra Nevada, the Lodi wine region features 100,000 acres of vineyards that thrive in the classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings.
With more than 75 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long known as a superior producer of Zinfandel, including an estimated 2,000 acres of pre-Prohibition own rooted vines, the area also produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. More recently, Lodi has begun producing varietals such as Albariño, Tempranillo, Graciano and Vermentino, among many others.
Lodi has been a major winegrape growing region since the 1850’s, and today is farmed by over 750 growers. The region also serves as home to more than 80 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions. In addition, Lodi is one of the leading wine regions in sustainable viticulture. The Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California’s first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. For more information about the Lodi wine region, visit www.lodiwine.com.
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