Lodi Wine and Food Show’s Trail Beadz Partners

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The 2019 Lodi Wine and Food Show is quickly approaching.  This 4th annual festival features wine tasting from 40 wineries, olive oil tasting, food from local restaurants and caterers as well as live music. A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold and will get you more time to spend with the winemakers tasting special wines along with a commemorative wine glass and food tray.  Tickets are $70 in advance only.  The Grand Tasting is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  The event will be held in the Ole Mettler Grape Pavillon at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford Street in Lodi, CA, 95420.

We’d like to highlight these Trail Beadz Partners that you should definitely take the opportunity to experience, if you haven’t already.  If you have, well, then you know why you must stop by while there!

Consumnes River Farm:  Will likely be offering tastings of their many different balsamic vinegar flavors and olive oil.  In addition, their full wine lineup includes 2015 District 11 Chardonnay, 2015 Thunder Oak Chardonnay, 2015 District 11 Moscato, District 11 Grand Cuvee, 2014 District 11 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2014 Thunder Oak Old Vine Zinfandel. 


Drava Wines will be featuring their 2016 Grenache (Silver Award Winner at the 2019 SF Chronicle Wine Competition), 2014 Petit Verdot and their 2014 Pinot Gris.  The Grenache is medium-bodied with fresh crushed grapes, cranberries and violets greeting the nose up-front with light dusty tannins and a low acidity finish.  The Petit Verdot is well-structured with mineral and tannic components.  Spices and freshly crushed grapes are revealed with decanting or aeration. Drava’s Pino Gris is made in the Oregon style with barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic and sur lies aging.  It features toasted bread and stone fruit flies on the nose with expansive mouthfeel and finish from the fermentation techniques.

Goodmills Family Winery:  GoodMills will be serving two of their San Francisco Chronicle Award Winning wines:  2017 Sauvignon Blanc, a Gold Award Winner, and 2017 Rose, Silver Award winner.  In addition, they will be serving their 2014 Teroldego and their 2017 Native Cabernet Sauvignon.

Van Ruiten Family Winery will be serving their 2017 Sparkling Rose’ featuring aromas of strawberry and watermelon paired with flavors of cherry, guava and tangerine.  Well-balanced through the mid-palette and the finish lingers with a ruby grapefruit note; 2017 Chardonnay, Silver Award Winner at the 2019 SF Chronicle Wine Competition, with aromas of apple, pear and tangerine and flavors of pear, lemon custard and vanilla.  Full-bodied with a nice acidity and finishes with a bright lemon note; 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Award Winner at the 2019 SF Chronicle Wine Competition, with aromas of cherry, blueberry, spice and caramel and flavors of ripe cherry, plum and vanilla.  Tannins are well-integrated making this nicely balanced.  The finish lingers with a cherry and spice note. They will also be serving their 2015 Reserve Merlot.

Thomas Allen Vineyards & Winery: One of the newest tasting rooms in Lodi, will be pouring their  2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Generations Red Wine, which took a Silver Award in the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Olive Drop Olive Oil Company Will be showcasing their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic Olive Oil, Basil Olive Oil, Lemon Olive Oil, Orange Olive Oil, Rosemary Olive Oil, Chile Olive Oil, as well as their Balsamic Vinegar. If you can’t make the show, call 209-369-6868 to schedule a tasting, and don’t forget to pick up the adorable Olive Drop Tractor Trail Beadz Charm to add to your collection.

On Launching Lodi

By | Lodi

On Launching Lodi

What a great experience launching the Lodi Trail Beadz Trail has been. What started out as nervous sales calls has turned into a deep relationship for me with Lodi.  Many  customers, others met through the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and in the community have been so supportive and encouraging.

An amazing place to visit if you like wine but really don’t know that much about it—or even if you do! Lodi’s low-key and friendly atmosphere really takes any fear from lack of wine knowledge away.  I cannot think of a better place to start learning.  Having a wine palate that leans more towards white wine, I was determined to start expanding my wine horizons.  Since Lodi is famous for their old vine Zinfandels, I immediately made it a point to start tasting that varietal.  My first stop at Zinfandel tasting left me thinking it wasn’t a favorite, but  I quickly learned that no matter what you think you don’t like, you need to keep tasting.  Eventually you will find a winemaker who puts a spin on the varietal that your palate will enjoy. An open mind in life is always a good thing.

Ask questions!  They are always happy to answer questions about their wines, but don’t forget to ask them about their story.  Every winery has a story of how they came to be and where they are going.  Our Trail Beadz charms represent a little piece of their story.  You are part of their story and they of yours.  Memorialize your journey by collecting Trail Beadz charms while you discover an amazing location with great wines, great restaurants, great shops and boutiques and, most importantly, really great people.

Thank you, Lodi, for making Trail Beadz feel so welcome. You will always have a special place in my 💖!