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Lodi Wine and Visitor Center

Great Place to Start

Your Adventure In

the Lodi Wine Region

I have a confession to make I love checking out visitor centers when I travel! The Lodi Wine and Visitor Center is a great place to start if you are new to the Lodi Wine Region.

Lodi Wine – Check It Out!

Location:  2545 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA. (209) 365-0621.

Hours:  Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I enjoyed exploring the grounds with its beautiful landscaping of fauna and flora. Also, there is an area devoted to wine grapes and the varietals are marked, so you know what the vines look like for the various varietals.

Wine Map and Information

I like to go to the source and ask the staff of the Visitor Center for recommendations on wineries to check out! I enjoy a wine tasting bar, but love to go  out to the wineries even more.

Lodi Wineries – Check It Out!

Lodi Wine Events – Check It Out! ZinFest. Chocolate and Wine Weekend. Lodi Road Trip Passport. Oh My!!!

Wine Tasting Bar Anyone???

The Visitor Center has a wine tasting bar that features a wide selection of regional wines. Eight wines are served on a daily basis and the wines are rotated weekly. You can purchase bottles of wine too.

Tasting Fee:  $5 for a flight of 4 wines to try and taste.

The Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa

Check out the Wine and Roses hotel, restaurant and spa too! The Visitor Center is located on the grounds of The Wine & Roses.

LoCA – The Wines of Lodi California Wine Club

I checked this out and thought it was pretty SWEET!

Wine Club Members receive 3 to 4 bottles of different Lodi appellation wines 4 times a year. Each shipment also includes a newsletter, tasting notes, and recipes chosen by the winemaker for their specific wine. The average cost per shipment is $70 to $90 plus shipping. Enjoy exclusive hand picked wines for the Lodi appellation!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring & Wine Tasting – Cheers!!!

Oregon’s Willamette Valley


Stopped in Eugene for lunch at Falling Sky Brewing on the way to McMinnville. The eats and brews at Falling Sky’s Pub was out of this world and makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Mr. Craves had the Back Alley Burger and I had the Lamb Kefta Kabob. Mr. Craves had the Kama Sumatra Coffee Porter and I had the Strobilus Berry Wheat Bitter.

Yamhill County Wine Region


Check Out Yamhill Valley’s Wine Region Website!

Hauer of the Dauen

Hauer of the Dauen in Dayton, Oregon in Yamhill County. Welcome to the Family Farm – worth the drive in the countryside for a tasting!

Here is the Tasting Flight for Hauer of the Dauen Wines:

  • 2001 Pinot Noir
  • 2002 Pinot Noir
  • Gamay Noir

Mystic Wine

Mystic Wine in Amity, Oregon. Loved their Farmhouse Tasting Room!

Here is the Tasting Flight for Mystic Wines:

  • 2006 Hillside Vineyard Merlot
  • 2009 Home Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2006 McDuffee Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2008 Hillside Vineyard Zinfandel
  • 2008 Gunkle Vineyard Barbera

Duck Pond Cellars

Duck Pond in Dundee, Oregon. The Family is very much the heart and the labor of love at this vineyard! The family owns and operates over a 1,000 acres of vineyard land. This includes 6 family-owned vineyards in Oregon and 2 family-owned vineyards in Washington.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Duck Pond:

  • Pinot Gris
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

Lange Estate Winery and Vineyard

Lange in Dundee, Oregon in the Dundee Hills. Wine and Spirits Magazine declared Lange as the 2012 Winery of the Year! Love their Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris and purchased a Pinot Gris to have with our picnic lunch on Lange’s beautiful patio. You have to check out the patio and see the Beautiful Vistas!!!

Jackson was a Wealth of Information on Lange Wines and we even picked his brain on breweries in the area and in Portland. By the way we loved Gigantic Brewing Company – thanks so much for a great recommendation! We enjoyed tasting wines with you – thanks again.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Lange:

  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noirs

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Winderlea in Dundee, Oregon in the Dundee Hills. We received a recommendation from another wine taster at Duck Pond that we had to check out Winderlea. You will have to excuse me because I was enjoying the wine tasting so much I forgot to take more pictures of this winery and its beautiful vistas – DUH! 3 Words to Describe Winderlea:  #1 Friendly, #2 Tasty Pinots and #3 Natural Beauty; Tasting Room and Vistas.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Winderlea:

  • Winderlea Ana Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Juliard Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Dundee Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Vineyard Pinot Noir

Yamhill Valley Vineyards

YVV in McMinnville, Oregon. YVV is the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA. YVV is located on a 150 acre estate in the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains in the Willamette Valley. YVV is dedicated to the character that is distinctively Oregon and distinctively Yamhill Valley.

Here is the Tasting Flight for YVV:

  • 2011 Pinot Gris
  • 2009 Pinot Blanc
  • 2009 Pinot Noir Estate
  • 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve
  • 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve
  • 2012 Riesling
  • Chardonnay varietal coming soon

Misc. Photos


Great Jumping Off Point to Adventure through the Yamhill County Wine Region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley!

Downtown McMinnville is a Great Place to Explore; unique shops, antique stores, restaurants, wine bars, and wine tasting rooms.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Enjoy & Cheers!!!

Tablas Creek Vineyard

1st Stop in the Paso Robles Wine Region

Tasting Room Hours:  Daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Wine Tours at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm.

Great First Impression

Our 1st encounter at Tablas Creek was meeting Steve and asking if we could join the 10:30 tour. Then we discovered that Steve would be our guide throughout the tour – what a great experience! Steve was a wealth of information from the vineyard to the wine making process to the wine tasting. I have not experienced a tour like this before and the tour included a grafting demonstration. I love when you can broaden your knowledge at a winery and really get to know where the wine you are tasting comes from and how it is made.

Quality Wines Made One Grape At A Time

History of Tablas Creek

  • Founded by the Perrin family (Chateau de Beaucastel) and Robert Haas (importer and founder of Vineyard Brands).
  • Vines imported from Franch (Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Counoise – reds & Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc – whites).
  • The imported vines must pass a 3-year USDA testing program and then are propagated and grafted in their on-site nursery. The vines are used to plant their organic estate vineyard.
  • Dry farming and harvest when the grapes are completely ripe.
  • Little Intervention when it comes to the winemaking process.
  • Esprit de Beaucastel (Mourvedre-based) & Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (Roussanne-based). One Word – OUTSTANDING!!!

Wine Tour

Steve stated there is a good majority of limestone on the Tablas Creek property. He stated that the grapes emit some type of acid from their roots in order to stimulate growth and locate water. I really enjoyed the grafting demonstration (see photos below). Steve talked about dry farming and harvesting when the grapes are completely ripe.

Limestone, part of a Whale Bone & Rosemary (Photo by RSheridan)


Grafting Demonstration (Photos by RSheridan)

Wine Tasting

Steve explained the winemaking process and it is such a complex, unique process. Each grape varietal is hand-harvested when the grapes are completely ripe. Then each grape varietal is fermented separately and eventually the grape varietals are blended. This process produces complex, better balanced and rich wines. Here is where it gets unique – use NATIVE yeast fermentation (no additives) and NEUTRAL French oak barrels – to me this means a more fruit-forward wine! Tablas Creek truly makes winemaking an art and quality wines made one grape at a time.

Wine Tasting (Photo by RSheridan)

Wines Tasted

  • Vermintino 2010

The 2010 Vermentino (a traditional Mediterranean varietal) – crisp & refreshing, aromatic & citrus – right balance of acidity and a palate pleaser. Fermented in stainless steel to bring out the minerality of the grapes.

(Photo by RSheridan)

  • Grenache Blanc 2009
  • Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2010
  • Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2010
  • Rose 2010
  • Grenache 2008
  • Cotes de Tablas 2009
  • Patelin de Tablas 2010

The 2010 Patelin de Tablas (red blend) – serve anytime and for any occasion. Syrah-based (dark fruit) with Grenache (acidity), Mourvedre (adds depth) and Counoise (a twist of complexity). The grapes to make this wine varietal are sourced from 7 different vineyards. You can drink now or cellar up to 10 years.

(Photo by RSheridan)

  • Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009
  • Esprit de Beaucastel 2008

I loved the 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel! This wine is aromatic, rich, fruit-forward, and a hint of spice. I wanted more just after a taste it was that amazing!

  • Tannat 2008

Steve was talking about the Tannat grape varietal on our wine tour and he could tell we were interested enough in this grape varietal to add it to the tasting menu. He stated this is his wine choice with steak. The 2008 Tannat (a Basque style) is INTENSE fruit (need food with this for sure) with the right amount of spice – palate pleasing with a great finish – beautiful color in the glass (purple/black inky color). Steve stated that Tannat is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. This varietal is moved to small barrels to age for 18 months.

Tablas Creek Cellar (Photo by RSheridan)

AMAZING Wine Tasting Experience!!!

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