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BARSETTI VINEYARDS WINE TASTING

PHOTO:TIFFANY BARRIGA

Barsetti’s connection to the vibrant community of Galt has become synonymous with the region’s fruitful vineyards. Visit the tasting room to discover a family of friends, and to try their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, which received a Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Join them in sampling the blends brought to life by Janis Barsetti and her late husband Richard Gray. Hours of Operation: Thur & Sun, 12 PM-5 PM, Fri & Sat, Noon-9 PM

BERGHOLD ESTATE 17343 N. Cherry Rd., Lodi • (209) 333-9291 VINEYARDS &• www.bergholdvineyar WINERY Step into the rich history of the Berghold family, and Lodi itself, during your next trip to their esteemed tasting room—a personal homage of the American Victorian period. It’s here that friendships unfold and glasses fill with laughter, conversation, and rich, vibrant tastes. Hours of Operation: Thur-Sun, 11 AM-5 PM

History: The Barsetti legacy of tending the land began in beautiful Galt in the early 1900s. Today, the Barsetti line showcases the abundance of the region by crafting rich, flavorful wine. Best for: Those who enjoy friendly conversation while sipping along the tasting room or on the patio. In with the in crowd: Four shipments or pickups of three wines of member selection each year, discounts on wine bottles or cases, and discounts on boutique items.

CLAIM TO FAME Barsetti’s special 2015 Petite Sirah, a wine honoring Janis’ late husband, Richard Gray. An outstanding Silver Medal winner of the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

FOR MORE INFO:

400 4th St., Ste. 150, Old Town Galt (209) 744-6062 BarsettiVineyards.com

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History: 85 sublime acres of Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel capture the essence of the Berghold Family, growing in our appellation since 1986. Cabernet Franc, Petit Sirah, and Sangiovese have also been planted recently. Best for: Those seeking to sample the turn of the century for Lodi’s abundant appellation. In with the in crowd: Quarterly shipments, club-level based discounts, exclusive access to select wines, discounted event tickets, club-exclusive events.

CLAIM TO FAME The Crankcase, a sublime, secret

red-blend brimming with a bouquet of deep black cherries. Full bodied, complex, firm tannins. Notes of black mission fig preserves, with layers of juicy pit fruit.

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17343 Cherry Rd., Lodi (209) 333-9291 BergholdVineyards.com


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BOKISCH VINEYARDS Tucked away in the Clements Hills, where the views are as vibrant as the wines, is an escape to Spanish soil. Bokisch Vineyards welcomes you into the folds of an oasis, proudly producing award-winning wines to perfectly accent your picnic along the vines. Stop in, sample your favorites, and savor the beauty at Bokisch. Hours of Operation: Fri-Mon, 11 AM-5 PM

CONSUMNES RIVER FARM Need a day away with friends, while enjoying country charm? Purchase a glass of wine, bring a picnic lunch, and experience an elegant patio setting. Every tip of the stem comes with laughter, fine conversation, and newly fostered bonds. Savor each irresistible sample of incredible wines such as Chardonnay, Moscato, Sparkling, and rich Zinfandel favorites. Hours of Operation: Thur-Sun, 11:30 AM-5 PM History: After 4 generations of growing wine grapes for other wineries, Consumnes took the plunge into crushing and crafting their own blends in 2014.

History: A small part of Markus and Liz Bokisch’s heart remains in Spain, where their inspiration to make Spanish varietal wines first began. Their passion for wine has continued in Clements Hills since 1998.

Best for: Those looking for a daytrip, where not only wine is served (and wine slushies), but also 26 balsamic and 8 different olive oils are up for tasting.

Best for: Picnicking while you taste their unique varietals and enjoy the best view in town.

In with the in Crowd: An outstanding combination of wine, olive oil, and vinegar—all produced on site.

In with the in crowd: Exclusive samplings of member-only wines, priority and early release access, 20% discounts, complimentary tastings, and invitation to member-only events.

CLAIM TO FAME From 75-year-old vines comes Dis-

trict 11 and District 11 Barreled Old Vine Zinfandel, paving the way to vineyard favorites, rich and vibrant in flavor.

CLAIM TO FAME Albariño, a crisp white wine with mouthwatering acidity.

CONSUMNES RIVER FARM Thornton, CA 95686

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18921 Atkins Rd., Lodi (209) 334-4338 BokischVineyards.com A Publication from San Joaquin Magazine

28305 N. Thornton Rd. Thornton, (209) 334-5544 ConsumnesRiverFarm.com

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DURST WINERY & ESTATE There’s a place under the sun for everyone. An indulgent escape where you can treat yourself to a taste of Lodi every day. Durst Winery & Estate welcomes you to visit and enjoy their luxury boutique wines, including, Rosés, sparkling wines, deep crimson reds, and bright refreshing whites. Hours of Operation: Fri-Sun, Noon-6 PM

HARNEY LANE WINERY Family remains at the forefront for the founders of Harney Lane Winery. As 5th generation farmers, and now winery hosts, the team prides itself on providing top-notch hospitality to guests during every visit. From the beautiful grounds to the modern yet comfortable Tasting Room, Harney Lane’s attention to detail is expressed both in the surroundings and in the care that goes into every bottle. Join them as an extended member of the family and taste from a diverse selection of wines, including some from vines as old as our abundant appellation. Hours of Operation: Daily, 11 AM-5 PM

History: After breathing new life into the historic 1900s Fairbank Estate, Cassandra and Dan Durst began to make artisan, hand made, fine wines with only the highest quality local grapes. Best for: Leisurely afternoon visits under the sun, sprawled on a picnic blanket. In with the in crowd: Three bottles four times per year, along with 20% discounts on wines by the bottle and case. Club-only access to newly released wines.

CLAIM TO FAME Durst’s Fairbanks Red Blend show-

cases bold flavors of fresh raspberry, cherry, and dark chocolate with an exquisite fruity aroma and notes of fresh herbs and white pepper.

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History: The family behind every bottle of Harney Lane wine has farmed the surrounding land since the early 1900s. In 2006 they decided to capture the rich taste of their grapes, providing our appellation with unforgettable, estate-crafted wines. Best for: Aficionados who enjoy tasting the history of their appellation just as much as the wine itself. In with the in crowd: Join Harney Lane’s Wine Club for a Quarterly Release, with 20% discounts on wine and tasting room items. Access to limited production wines and complimentary tastings up to six people.

CLAIM TO FAME One of Harney Lane’s flagship

wines, the Lizzy James Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, is a product of 113-year-old vines. Concentrated bramble berry, dark cherry, and candied anise fruit. A full, rich finish.

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10173 Acampo Rd., Acampo (209) 601-1413, DurstWinery.com

9010 E. Harney Ln., Lodi (209) 365-1900, HarneyLane.com

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INTERCOASTAL VINEYARDS Selecting the highest quality of fruit to produce nine varietals, this small-crush winery has a passion for farming and crafting premium wines from Lodi, Napa Valley, and the Clarksburg Area. Among other awards, Intercoastal Vineyards received three Silver Medals at the 2018 California State Fair for the 2015 Petite Sirah (93 pt), 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91pt) and 2016 Rosé of Pinotage. Follow them on social media to stay apprised of where they will be pouring next! In the meantime, you can order bottles through their website.

LODI VINTNERS Take a trip through the grounds of Lodi’s oldest winery on which the Lodi Vintners tasting room sits, offering an elegant atmosphere and award-winning wines. Sip and swirl in their rustic yet modern tasting room or enjoy the afternoon in their shady outdoor spaces. Hours of Operation: Daily, 10 AM-5 PM History: Built on the site of Lodi’s first bonded winery that dates back to 1903, Lodi Vintners’ tasting room property was bought by the Rippey family in 1991 and opened in 2014.

History: Rachele and Mitch Spaletta began creating high-quality wines from their own handpicked fruit in 2016.

Best for: A family picnic on their shaded grounds, hosting games such as bocce ball and corn hole.

Best for: Wine lovers who know how to “Embrace Every Moment” of life by truly appreciating their favorite varietals.

In with the in crowd: Enjoy select hand-crafted, small-lot production wines four times a year, as well as insider information on winery actives, harvest updates, and favorite recipes in Lodi Vintners “members only” newsletter. Other benefits include special privileges, discounts, and invites to exclusive events.

In with the in crowd: With pop-up events, limited production wines, the ability to customize your order, and other exciting incentives, it doesn’t get much better than Intercoastal’s Wine Club! Members receive 3 bottles per quarter with 15% - 20% savings and flat rate shipping.

CLAIM TO FAME 2017 Rosé of Pinotage, a dry wine with

CLAIM TO FAME Rippey Family Vineyards 2016 Old Vine

Zinfandel, which boasts lush berry fruit flavors that are accented by cocoa, pepper, and vanilla.

notes of ripe apricot, fresh strawberry, candied orange guava, and a hint of cinnamon sugar spice.

LODI VINTNERS FOR MORE INFO:

3750 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo (209) 368-2019 LodiVintners.com

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(707) 346-5877 IntercoastalWine.com

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MACCHIA Wine lovers can’t get enough of “the spot” for luscious reds, rich zinfandels, and whites! Join the crowds for a sipping experience like you’ve never sampled, along gorgeous patios and charming paths. When it comes to high quality vintage blends, you’ll find none better. Hours of Operation: Daily, 11 AM-5 PM

MCCAY CELLARS

History: Producing unmatched varietals since 2001, Macchia strives to utilize premium berries to craft a unique blend in each bottle. Best for: Those who enjoy hospitality that feels more like a visit with friends and family. In with the in crowd: Join one of six sublime wine clubs to enjoy discounts on whites, reds, zins, and more! Take advantage of complimentary tastings, wine specials, and access to library wines.

CLAIM TO FAME Macchia’s Rosé, Ridiculous, is a blend

of Spanish and Italian varietals. This refreshing wine is “summer in a glass”!

FOR MORE INFO:

7099 E. Peltier Rd., Acampo (209) 333-2600 MacchiaWines.com

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There’s wine tasting in the Lodi Appellation, and then there’s a trip to McCay Cellars, an exceptional experience accented with berries that have been reared to the beat of their own drum and transformed into sensational reds, rosés, and whites. Stop into their new tasting room in Downtown Lodi to taste the magic. Hours of Operation: Daily, 11 AM-5 PM History: Michael McCay has offered his brand of exceptional wine since 2007. Best for: Those who enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere while enjoying their wine. In with the in crowd: Four, six, or 12-bottle memberships of red, white, or mixed, quarterly. Discounts based on club membership level. Invitation to special winemaker events, tastings, and VIP parties!

CLAIM TO FAME The Reserve Rosé is a stunning

example of how Rosé is meant to taste: Refreshing, crisp, and well balanced.

FOR MORE INFO:

100 B S. Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 368-WINE McCayCellars.com


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MCKENZIE VINEYARDS AND WINERY For over 100 years, the McKenzie family has been farming their family-owned land, growing wine grapes, Tokay table grapes, peaches, plums, and numerous other fruit-crops. All their vines are made from single vineyard estate grapes. Come be a part of both history and their wine-loving family as you get a taste their certified, sustainably-grown boutique wines. While you’re sipping on their award-winning vino, be sure to meet the winemakers at their brand new tasting room located in Downtown Lodi! Hours of Operation: Fri & Sat, Noon-7 PM; Sun, Noon-5 PM

MCMANIS FAMILY VINEYARDS Hard work and dedication to both sustainable farming techniques and creating high-quality wine have yielded some truly exceptional varietals from McManis Family Vineyards. And with a California Green Medal Award for Sustainable Winegrowing in Business, you know they’re truly invested in taking care of the land for future generations. Attention to detail comes in the form of small lot fermentations, whole cluster pressing, and oak aging, all of which are noticeable as soon as you start sipping on one of their fine, award-winning wines. If winning 65 Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Best Buys” in the last 20 years isn’t enough of a recommendation, then grab a bottle—or several—at your favorite retailer to enjoy on a quiet night in or at your next dinner party.

History: In the McKenzie family, winemaking is a family tradition spanning six generations. Their lush Acampo vineyards were established by Everett Thomas McKenzie in the early 1900s, and their tasting room just opened in August of 2018! Best for: Anyone on the hunt for award winning wines that emulate the true spirit of the Lodi appellation’s wine tradition. In with the in crowd: With several different membership levels to choose from, take advantage of exclusive invitations to winery-release events, recieve shipments of McKenzie wine, take advantage of complimentary tastings at Wine Club events, enjoy 20% off all McKenzie wine and 25% off all cases.

History: Family owned and operated since 1990. Best for: Those who not only love an extraordinary bottle of wine, but also appreciate the importance of sustainable farming.

CLAIM TO FAME 2014 Zins of Our Fathers, which received a Gold medal in the 2017 Winemaker Challenge and the 2017 Los Angeles International wine competition, along with a 91 point rating.

CLAIM TO FAME 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Certified Sustainable red that is heavy with dark fruit flavors.

FOR MORE INFO:

20 W. Elm Street, Lodi (209) 263-7599 McKenzieWines.com A Publication from San Joaquin Magazine

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(209) 599-1186 McManisFamilyVineyards.com

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MICHAEL DAVID WINERY

METTLER FAMILY VINEYARDS The Mettler Family doesn’t just love wine—it’s in their blood. For over six generations, they’ve tilled the soil and delved into experimental varieties to bring the best to every blend they’ve produced. And that same passion is instilled in every bottle today. Enjoy the fruits of Mettler Family Vineyards by stopping in for a drink, and meeting new friends alongside old. Hours of Operation: Thur-Mon, 11 AM-5 PM

Michael and David Phillips don’t just want you to love their wine—they want you to freak out about it. And with over 150 years of family farming under their belts, you can bet that their wines are of the best quality. Not only that, their expansive grounds include a cozy bakery with handmade pies, and an onsite café and outdoor bistro—you don’t have to worry about being hungry here! Stop in to one of their two tasting rooms and sip on any of their unique blends; you’re guaranteed to taste the essence of Lodi. Hours of Operation: Main Tasting Room: Mon-Sun, 10 AM-5 PM; Secondary Tasting Room: Fri-Sun, 10 AM-5 PM; Café: Mon-Sun, 7:30 AM-3 PM; Outdoor Bistro: Fri-Sun, 11:30 AM-4 PM

History:

History: The Mettler family has roots in the wine industry since the late 1700s, and have fostered outstanding blends in Lodi since the early 1800s.

The Phillips family has farmed the Lodi Appellation’s soil since the 1850s, cultivating wine grapes since the early 20th century.

Best for: Those who can’t get enough of the rich, balanced flavor of red wines.

Best for: Anyone in need of a one-stop-shop where they can enjoy a meal with a glass of husky, effusive wine in a beautiful setting.

In with the in crowd: Four shipments per year, with 20% discount on wine purchases and 10% off merchandise. Tasting fee waived for the member, plus four guests. Invitation and special pricing to club and winery events.

CLAIM TO FAME Cabernet Sauvignon, which has consistent high scores and gold medals. And unique varietals such as Pinotage and Aglianico.

CLAIM TO FAME 2015 Freakshow Cabernet showcasing flavors

of ripe Mission figs with hints of clove and cinnamon, accented by aromas of French oak, toasted hazelnuts, and blackberry cobbler.

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7889 E. Harney Ln., Lodi (209) 369-3045 MettlerWine.com 46

In with the in crowd: The Wine Club at Michael David Winery is free to join, and once you’re a member, you get between 25-35 % off all wine and merchandise, free tastings and tours, invitation to members-only events, and first access to new releases and reserve wines!

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4580 CA-12, Lodi (209) 368-7384 MichaelDavidWinery.com


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PASKETT VINEYARDS & WINERY Tucked away on the Mokelumne River, Paskett Winery is set on the historic Senator Langford Estate. The beautiful grounds have yielded exceptional quality, hard-to-find wines that are the result of hand harvested and field sorted fruit. Visit their tasting room to experience their exquisite wines in a bucolic, intimate setting with knowledgeable, welcoming staff. Hours of Operation: Fri-Sun, 11 AM-5 PM

OAK FARM VINEYARDS Your reprieve from the everyday hustle and bustle awaits, providing lasting memories that are as rich as the award-winning wines Oak Farm Vineyards pours. Stop by the heart of the Lodi appellation and taste among friends, family, and the vineyards themselves. Hours of Operation: Daily, 11 AM-5 PM History: As one of the most historic properties in the Lodi area—home to 400-year-old oak trees—Oak Farm Vineyards maintains its historical integrity while also producing over 10,000 cases of wine a year since opening thetasting room in 2010. Best for: Those looking to sip an experience along with their wine. After all, they didn’t win our “Best Of” in Overall Winery for nothing. In with the in crowd: Currently closed to members, the wine club features quarterly pickup parties of 3, 6, or 12 bottles. 20% discount start-off.

CLAIM TO FAME The 2016 Barbera, Oak Farm’s ultimate crowd favorite. Medium body and flavors of ripe plum and bing cherries.

History: The Paskett family has been farming and making wine in Lodi AVA for about 50 years, but recently released their award-winning wines in the newly refurbished Langford Estate. Best for: Those who love unique wines you won’t find just anywhere, like Verdelho, or Paskett’s special Rosé. In with the in crowd: Paskett’s wine club memberships include free tastings, discounts, club-only releases, and member-only events. Try a three or six bottle membership in red or mixed wine!

CLAIM TO FAME Proprietor’s Red Blend, also known

as Cabrona. This Cabernet Sauvignon driven red blend is smooth, full-bodied, and velvety. The blend also boasts a label that kicks off their artist series, which will integrate art to help Paskett express their wines and their heritage!

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23627 N. DeVries Rd., Lodi (209) 365-6565, OakFarmVineyards.com 48

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11070 E. Woodbridge Rd, Acampo (209) 200-1959 PaskettWinery.com


new look, same quality wines since 1990

R-N-R VINEYARDS AND WINERY Loyal patrons of R-N-R Vineyards and Winery know that one of the marks of excellent wine is quality over quantity. Whether you favor the boldness of a zinfandel, the sweetness of a Riesling, or the fruity notes of a Teroldego, you’re sure to taste the richness of the Lodi Appellation while sipping on a glass of R-N-R vino. History: The Machado family took their grape growing expertise to a whole new level when they launched their label in 2016. Best for: Those perusing downtown Lodi’s wine bars, especially if they’re on the lookout for a refreshing Riesling. In with the in crowd: You don’t need to be part of a club to be in the know for R-N-R! Just sign up for their mailing list through their website to stay informed about all their upcoming releases.

CLAIM TO FAME 2017 Riesling, an exceptionally dry

and highly aromatic wine, with floral scents of pears, apples, and limes.

FOR MORE INFO:

21875 N. Atkins Rd., Clements (209) 759-3023, RnrVineyard.com A Publication from San Joaquin Magazine

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SCOTTO'S WINE & CIDER If, while you’re making your Lodi wine tasting rounds, you’re on the hunt for some adventure of the bubbly variety, step into Scotto’s Wine & Cider for some Old World-style wines and the most excellent cider in the county. Get a taste of history with their Villa Armando (AKA “Rustico”) produced originally by the Scotto family post-Prohibition, or sample flavors from their ambitious—and delicious—cider menu while you soak in the tasteful décor of their wine and cider bar. Hours of Operation: Wed-Sun, Noon-6 PM; Fri, Noon-9 PM

TWISTED BARREL WINERY History: Pouring fine wine as part of the Scotto family tradition since 1883. Best for: Flights in which you can mix and match savory wines with sweet cider flavors ranging from dry to sweet. In with the in crowd: As a “Cider Seeker” or “Grape Bunch” club member, you have access to complementary pick up parties each quarter, 15% off cans of cider, 20% off wine bottle purchase, as well as 30% off case purchases, among other benefits and club exclusive discounts.

CLAIM TO FAME Their 2017 Dry Sangiovese Rosé is

nicely balanced with hints of raspberry and red cherry, and is dry and crisp on the palate with a long, polished finish.

While every wine tasting offers an experience, Twisted Barrel prefers to offer their sippers an adventure. And that’s exactly what continues to draw in wine aficionados from all walks of life. Visit Twisted Barrel’s new Downtown Lodi tasting room and patio, and sample the powerful flavors of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Symphony, and many more. Summer Hours: Mon, Noon-4 PM; Thurs, 4:30-8:30 PM; Fri, 3-9 PM; Sat, Noon-9 PM; Sun, 1:30-6:30 PM *(Hours are seasonal, call to confirm) History: Once the family’s hobby became a full-time passion, Twisted Barrel had little choice, but to showcase their wines to the world in 2014. Best for: A relaxing, one-on-one tasting experience either inside or on the patio, accompanied by live music and enveloped in classic hospitality. In with the in crowd: With two bottles per quarter, members receive a 20% discount and complimentary tasting for member and two guests. Exclusive invitation to parties and events.

CLAIM TO FAME 2015 Touriga Nacional, a bold and lush Portuguese varietal boasting notes of blackberry, blueberry, and rosemary.

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14 S. School St., Lodi (209) 224-8590 ScottosWineandCider.com

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112 W. Pine St., Lodi (209) 334-2554 TwistedBarrelWinery.com


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VIAGGIO ESTATE & WINERY For friends of Viaggio, it’s all about the journey and the destination in this secluded oasis along the lapping waters of the Mokelumne River. Slip into the tasting room, dipped in rustic charm, before enjoying the expansive grounds. Hours of Operation: Fri, 11AM-8 PM; Sat-Thur, 11AM-5 PM

WEIBEL FAMILY WINERY A trip through the bountiful Lodi wine country is never complete without a little bubbly. In downtown Lodi, wine lovers pour into Weibel’s brand new tasting room, as the friendly staff pour their unique variety of sparkling, red, and white wines. Hours of Operation: Sun-Tue, 11AM-6 PM Wed, 11AM-7 PM; Thur-Sat, 11AM-8 PM History: The picture-perfect locale for weddings and celebrations—since Larry and Teri Lawrence took to the helm in 2012—surrounded by abundant walnut orchards. Best for: Those looking for a romantic stroll along the river, bottle of Zin in hand.

Best for: Tasting sparkling wines and non-varietal table wines.

In with the in crowd: Enjoy 2, 4, or 6 bottles of reds, whites, sparkling, or a mixture, with discounts of 15% for first two years, increasing to 25% by five years.

CLAIM TO FAME 2015 River Red. This Double Gold winner in

the San Francisco Chronicle is a majestic blend of Merlot and Old Vine Zin. The sophistication of Merlot blends with the sultry bursting flavors of OVZ for a wine you’ll keep coming back to!

FOR MORE INFO:

100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo (209) 333-0431 ViaggioWinery.com

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History: From Switzerland to California, the Weibel family has continued their passion for the winemaking trade, perfecting the art over three generations.

In with the in crowd: Three Annual shipments of 4 or 12 bottles, generous discounts on Weibel products, and exclusive invites to special events and wine pickup parties.

CLAIM TO FAME Weibel’s Grand Cuvee has a fine

bubble composition with notes of peach and honeysuckle. This sparkler adds a touch of celebration to every day.

FOR MORE INFO:

9 N. School St., Lodi (209) 370-6013 WeibelWine.com

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