Why am I so in love with Lodi?

7 reasons why I love the place, the people, and the wines.


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Reason #5: Mokelumne Glen Vineyards.

What a nice surprise to find the largest collection of German and Austrian grapes in the U.S., with over 40 grape varieties in Lodi. With about a dozen of them being produced in larger quantities (1/2 to 8 tons). They are Blaufrankisch/Lemberger, Dornfelder, Zweigelt, and Regent (for red varieties). Then Bacchus, Gewürztraminer, Kerner, Rieslaner, Riesling, Weissburngunder/Pinot Blanc, and Grüner Veltliner (for white varieties). We had the chance to taste the wines of a few wineries that came (pictured) and I was astonished by what I saw/smelled/tasted. Intensity of aromas and flavors… Low alcohol and high acid… Purity of fruit… all the things that a #winelover appreciates in a wine. Proprietors Bob and Mary Lou Koth took us to see their vines and told us some of their stories. It was a beautiful day!

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