LODI, Calif.– Lodi’s annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend – held each Valentine’s Weekend – has quickly become one of Northern California’s “must do” events for many wine and chocolate lovers. The fifteenth annual celebration of tasty decadence is scheduled for Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Event attendees will have the opportunity to visit more than 45 participating wineries and take part in hosted activities ranging from wine and chocolate pairings, barrel tastings, live music and cellar tours. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win over 100 prizes including the “Golden Ticket” which will be hidden in a commemorative chocolate tin.
“Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is a fabulous event for anyone who loves wine, chocolate, someone special or any and all of the above,” said Ryan Sherman, winemaker and partner at Fields Family Wines – one of the participating wineries. He added, “Best of all you get to experience the passion of LoCA and what makes the Lodi wine region so memorable, fun and approachable.”
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.lodiwineandchocolate.com or by calling the Lodi Wine and Visitors Center at 209.365.0621. Advance tickets cost $45 per person and $55 per person during the event. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, a chocolate tin, wine tasting and admission to all participating wineries. Tickets are valid for both Saturday and Sunday and there is no charge for designated drivers.
LoCA – short for Lodi, California – is one of the state’s most historic wine regions and home to more than 100,000 acres of winegrapes farmed by more than 750 growers as well as more than 80 wine tasting rooms. With more than 60 varieties currently being grown, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long known as a superior producer of Zinfandel, the area has also been producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Newer varieties to the area include Albariño, Tempranillo, Viognier and Syrah.
For more information about the Lodi wine region, visit: www.lodiwine.com.