Simply Traveling: Lodi Wine Tasting

Happy Thursday everyone!

Ever have one of those weeks where you're just dying for it to be Friday already? I have been so exhausted lately! Anyhoot, it's been a few weeks since I've linked up with Current Crush over at The Wright Stuff and I had just the post ready. My Current Crush: Wine Tasting!

For my birthday last year, my parents bought me limo service for wine tasting in Lodi, CA. Basically 4 hours in a limo taking me and 7 other guests wine tasting. I didn't get to use it for my birthday last year and it expired before my birthday this year so I invited 3 of our favorite couples out to wine tasting just for fun.

We went to 3 fabulous wineries:

d'Art - A lovely winery started by a couple whose passions include art and wine. We met Helen Dart (the wife of the winemaker) and she lead us through a wonderful tasting of their delicious wines. It was only 10:30 am so we were classy individuals at this stop. I walked away with their Chardonnay, it was light and perfect for the last days of summer.

Oak Ridge Winery - Oak Ridge had a beautiful tasting room, with a wide selection of wines. They gave us a free tasting of 4 wines and for their palate cleanser they had pita chips which were a hit at that point in the day. And they have a wine club that can't be beat! Clearly I had a good time wine tasting there because I don't even remember the bottle we bought...

Delicato Vineyards - We were lured to this place by a big billboard for Gnarly Head wine and we weren't disappointed. Their tasting room was so spacious and we sampled 6 free wines there plus a dessert port blend that was delicious. I know we walked away with a HandCraft wine, I just don't remember what it was... haha

I've always been a little intimidated by wine selection but thanks to our first wine tasting I've realized that I'm a Chardonnay, Petit Sirah and Cabernet Savignon girl.

I'd never gone wine tasting before so it was a pleasant surprise how FUN and educational it was. I'd be lying if I said we weren't all LOVING life at the 3rd stop (but we weren't obnoxious, I don't think lol). And after 4 hours of wine tasting, we weren't ready for the party to stop so we had the limo drop us off at Chevy's for Happy Hour! We weren't entirely sure how we'd get home but once Margaritas were mentioned, there was no turning back. Just thinking about it makes me laugh, taking the limo to Chevy's, haha.

Someone told Chevy's it was my birthday (which it wasn't but technically we were using my 23rd birthday present) where they proceeded to sing happy birthday, throw a sombrero on me and literally from behind, pour a shot into my mouth. Considering I haven't taken a shot since my junior year of college, I was just glad it didn't come back up. Lol Rob looked as shocked as I was about that. But overall it was SUCH an amazing time and definitely my favorite 2nd 23rd birthday ever!! Thank you to my wonderful friends for coming and thanks Mom and Dad! 🙂

Wine Tasting Tip: If you're going to be tasting for a few hours, bring FOOD. Our friends Jeremy and Casey were kind enough to bring salami and rolls and I packed some olive oil and bread. Saved our lives that day...

Did I mention Rob and I had a wedding to go to right after this? DEATH.

Have you gone wine tasting before? What is your favorite type of wine?

Happy Day before Friday!

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19 thoughts on “Simply Traveling: Lodi Wine Tasting

  1. What a fun day! I need to go wine tasting... haven't been in forever and there are so many wineries here in the Portland area! I'm loving Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigios right now. 🙂

  2. Gilda

    Honey, you will have to try Bogle in Clarksburg. They have Essential Red that is worth writing home about. Jan's longtime friend pours there and so we get 50% discount (score!) they have a perfect picnic area for lunch...give it a try! Their Moscato and Riesling are good too....

  3. Hahaha like you, I did my first wine tasting 2 weeks ago. And yes bring food and friends. I'm not a big red fan, by syrah was ok. I'm a Riesling and Moscato girl. Lambrusco and Brut. Yea i'm a sweet tooth hehehe. I wanna wine taste again. Cross that... Beer taste. I need to go to hangar 24. Nomnom.

  4. So far there's only one wine I've tasted that I like and I can't remember the name of it. I'm pretty sure it was from Italy and it had a super long name. It was nice and sweet and didn't really taste like wine at all.

  5. Sounds like a blast! I've never been to a wine tasting before, but maybe someday! My favorite type of wine is moscato. It's sweet and amazing.

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  8. Food is definitely a must! I remember when we went to Napa I had to ask for crackers and all I got were those tiny oyster crackers! Next time I am bringing some food with me! This looks like so much fun!

  9. wine tasting might just be a current crush always for me! we went to napa last year and ever since i've been dying to go back! there are a few vineyards in a small texas town close to here and i'm so excited to go try them!!! what a fun cc!! thanks so much for linking up and happy tuesday!!!

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