The Best Picks for California Lodi Wines

People working during grape harvest
People working during grape harvest in Lodi, California Maguey Images / Getty Images

California's Lodi wine region has been growing grapes for over a century, but the last decade has seen an explosion of regionally-inspired wines coming of age and anxious to share their commitment and inspiration. While the Zinfandel grape placed Lodi firmly on the regional wine map, and big names like Ravenswood, Woodbridge, and Sebastiani have sourced grapes from Lodi's 100,000 acres of wine grapes for years, it's been the family-owned, boutique wineries that have given significant expression to the region. Here, you'll find excellent Lodi wines that range in both price and dimension.

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    Ironstone Obsession Symphony (CA) $13

    Ironstone Obsession Symphony

    Photo from Ironstone Vineyards 

    While not necessarily a "small lot" wine, Ironstone is very much family-owned and operated. Ironstone's Obsession Symphony brings a picnic-friendly, light-bodied white wine to the glass with decadent floral aromatics and loads of rich peach and apricot along with background citrus notes to the palate. Easy-going, budget-friendly, and carrying plenty of food-pairing versatility, this Lodi white ​screams summer.

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    Klinker Brick Old Ghost (CA) $48

    Klinker Brick Old Ghost

    Photo from Klinker Brick

    This old vine Zinfandel comes from 100-year-old vines, highlighting remarkable concentration and depth. Serious, and well-structured with tighter tannins thanks to smaller berries, the Old Ghost proves to be benevolent on the palate with streamlined black cherry and plum wrapped in fresh herbal nuances and waves of warm oak-induced spice.

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    Fields Family Winery Syrah (CA) $22

    Fields Family Winery Syrah

    Photo from Fields Family Wines

    The Rhone grape varieties are finding firm footing in Lodi's wine landscape and the Fields Family Syrah makes it a point to demonstrate both the remarkable structure and dense fruit staking claim on their Rhone ambassador. Lively red berry and blackberry flavors poised alongside smoke, game components, and tobacco leaves promise to welcome full sensory input and deliver fine-boned intensity without unnecessary weight.