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New Tasting Rooms & a Grand Opening in Lodi
- General Interest
- Written by Fred Swan
- Sunday, 19 October 2014 18:59
I’ve written numerous times about the increasing quality of wine coming out of Lodi. What I haven’t said much about is how the tasting room scene has been improving. My bad.
There have been a number of really positive developments on that front. Below are three of the most exciting. Each is well worth your visit.
One of California’s leading providers of elegant Zinfandel, McCay Cellars, now has a dedicated tasting room in Lodi. It’s located in a small industrial park, but has plenty of personality. McCay previously offered tastings through a downtown tasting room that served multiple labels.
In addition to wine, the new site has a cooler with meats, cheeses and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. So, it’s a great stop if you love excellent wine and especially if you’re on your way to a picnic.
McCay Cellars tasting room
Linda Larson McCay and Michael McCay in front of the tasting rooms graffiti art-decorated macro bins.
McCay Cellars – 1370 E. Turner Road, Lodi 95240 – 209.368.WINE
Open Thursday through Monday, 11am to 5pm and by appointment.
m2 Wines is another one of Lodi’s star Zinfandel producers. For years, m2 operated out of the same industrial park that McCay Cellars just moved into. Owner/winemaker Layne Montgomery needed more space for making the wine to entertain the growning number of m2 fans.
His vision has delivered a striking, statement winery. It’s minimalism meets Prairie Architecture meets industrial chic. And it stands alone in its field. Literally.
The long, low, rectangular structure is divided into three connected sections. On the right is the tasting room with ceiling height sliding door panels. The panels let in filtered light when closed but can also open up to wide vineyard views. The middle section is an open breezeway equipped with picnic tables, a cooling breeze and views that seem to extend for ever across the fields. The leftmost section is the winery itself, complete with tanks, barrels and, importantly for a tasting room, nice washrooms.
The new m2 winery and tasting room
m2 Wines – 2900 East Peltier Road, Acampo 95220 – 209.339.1971
Open Thursday through Monday, 11am to 5pm and by appointment
Oak Farm Vineyards
The newest destination winery in Lodi is Oak Farm Vineyards. Located on the historic Devries ranch, the property features original, restored buildings, a brand new winery, a beautiful entertainment building, a lake, 60 acres of vines and more.
The scale of the property and buildings makes it an excellent choice for large, private events. In addition the the 2,500 square foot tasting room, and a courtyard more than twice that size, there’s a 900 square foot conference room. However, the whole place has comfortable feel that’s welcoming to casual tasters.
Oak Farm Vineyards is holding a grand opening next weekend October 25–26. It runs from 11am to 5pm both days. There is a $5 fee for a five-glass tasting. Club members and up to three guests taste for free. Light bites and music will be free for everyone at this event. I highly recommend you swing by if possible. You can confirm details and RSVP here.
The new entertainment center and winery at Oak Farm Vineyards. It's bigger than it looks.
One of four fireplaces in the entertainment center.
Oak Farm Vineyards managing partner Dan Panella and winemaker Chad Joseph.
The new tank room at Oak Farm.
Oak Farm Vineyards – 23627 Devries Road, Lodi 95242 – 209.365.6565
Regular tasting hours are Friday through Monday, 11am to 5pm.
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