Zinfandel, a variety planted by immigrant families that settled throughout California up to a century ago, has some of its oldest vines in Lodi. Grapes sourced from these vineyards, produce wines that are pure, rich and complex. Concentrated and highly expressive, the palate is full of dark berry flavors that are intertwined with cedar and tobacco notes. While this wine will be delicious on its own, grilled pork chops with a fruit-based BBQ sauce would be a worthy partner as well.
Lodi: Lodi has a Mediterranean climate similar to that along the Mediterranean Sea, with warm days and cool nights. The soil, unlike many other appellations, varies within the AVA, though in most places it is a deep loam that occasionally is covered with large rocks, similar to the French region of Chateauneuf du Pape. The region is best known for its old vine Zinfandel.