I had the pleasure of visiting Lodi, California about four years ago, and ever since then, I have been head over heels for Lodi wines! In this wine growing area, you will find many grape farmers as well as winemakers who all get along well. It’s a friendly and fun place to visit with outstanding wines and reasonable prices. They grow many different kinds of grapes in Lodi both native and international varietals which showcase beautifully due to the terroir and climate.

I had the pleasure this year to taste with Lodi winemakers when they came to New York City as well as on a virtual tasting with Snooth Media. These wines are perfect for the upcoming warmer months and here are just some of the wonderful ones I tried!

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2018 IngénueA beautiful wine made from 35% Clairette Blanche, 35% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc, and 10% Picpoul Blanc. This wine releases next month in July, so be sure to snag a few bottles when you can, because it will also go fast! It’s fresh and mineral driven with striking orchard fruit, flowers, and citrus. It’s a lovely wine that makes a great aperitif as well as can easily pair with seafood! $32

m2 Wines 2018 Vermentino- A bright and crisp wine expressing notes of lemon peel, lime, and yellow apple. On the palate it has great acidity and freshness that’s ideal for summer! Pair this wine with grilled chicken or a nice summer salad, by the pool or on the beach; it’s just one of those wines you can sip all day long. $20

LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards 2018 Aglianico Rosé – This is certainly a rosé you will fall head over heels for! It’s bright and fresh with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and flowers. This wine is refreshing and juicy with bright acidity and a lovely finish. A playful wine that’s absolutely one of my favorites, and is also a winery exclusive. $20

Mettler Family Vineyards 2016 Pinotage- A wonderful winery to visit and taste with! This wine is dark and rich with aromas of cherries and ripe berries on the nose. You will notice a touch of smoky oak followed by medium-plus body and a lot of fruit.  There is a nice balancing earthiness with this wine as well, and only 350 cases were produced! $25

PRIE Winery 2016 Ancient Vine (1900), Block 4 Spenker Ranch CarignaneCarignane is a wonderful varietal that grows well in Lodi. It’s a Spanish varietal that’s also planted in France. This wine is lovely with red fruit flavors, spice, and savory flavors that easily make it a palate pleaser and pair-able with many types of cuisine. Only 70 cases were produced of this wine, so snag some before they’re all gone! $29

Michael David Winery 2016 Ink Blot Cabernet Franc- A stunner from a wonderful winery! A beautiful red with a full body and great flavors including blackberry, cherry, and currants. On the palate, it’s smooth with luscious black fruit, some spice, and a long lingering finish. This wine is great for a barbecue and can be enjoyed with all your favorite grilled meats and vegetables. $35

For those looking for California wines high in quality and approachable in price, look no further than Lodi! You will love this region and its pair-ability with the warm months ahead. Always remember to eat what you like and drink what you love, please pair responsibly.