An Olympic State of Mind in Lodi

To cap off all of our posts about the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA last month, I would like to give out some medals. During the time we were there, the Games of The XXXI Olympiad, otherwise known as Rio 2016, were being televised. This backdrop of olympic hopefuls, representing 207 nations and 11, 303 athletes, rounded out each day of the conference, as well as that entire 2-week period. The talent, the emotional stories, the display of commitment, hard work, team work and pride was magnetizing. We sacrificed precious sleep to stay up late and watch. There were stand-outs, surprises and of course, a little controversy. So for this post, in alignment with the Olympics, I am giving nods to some wines, wineries and other noteworthy establishments in Lodi. Let the games begin!

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A Commentary on Ironstone Vineyards.

As Gabe mentioned in the previous post, we stayed for a post Wine Bloggers excursion to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA, in the Sierra foothills. What. A. Place. First off, it is massive. Our tour lasted several hours and we were moving expeditiously. With vineyards, a museum, caverns, a gift shop, a tasting room and an amphitheater, it is a lot of ground to cover. Thankfully we had an attentive team to escort us around the property. Gabe's post visually sums it up. At long last we were led into a grand ball room, all set up for our vertical tasting. Wine time!

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WBC 16 from behind the camera.

This year's Wine Bloggers Conference was held in Lodi, CA., and I had the pleasure of heading up that way to check out the town, the conference & taste some really good wines. This is Gabe, by the way, and I tend to be less verbose than Joanna. So, I will let my pictures do most of the talking for me, hence the title. But I will try my best to give a short, but sweet overview of the WBC 16 conference.

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Lodi to Lebanon, in a glass! (Video)

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Annual Wine Bloggers Conference, hosted in Lodi, California. If you have Lodi even remotely placed in your wine consciousness, you are thinking Zinfandel. Yes, dear. It gets hot there. All the better to ripen the grapes with. But Lodi is doing more than zin and this post is about more than Lodi. It is about the community of bloggers that comes together annually to connect, share ideas and highlight a region. That community of bloggers is diverse and they come from far and away, which brings me to tasting wine from Lebanon.

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