September 22nd, 2013
St Amant Winery – production 6,000 cases
Acquiesce Winery and Vineyards – production 1,000 cases
Kidder Family Winery – production 750 cases
Riaza Wines – production 1,500 cases
Continuing our wine tasting trip in Lodi, several of the earlier wineries recommended visiting St. Amant Winery. Its web site lists its address as “1 Wine Master Way” but knowing the address and actually finding it are two entirely different things. I now know what it must have felt like in prohibition. Apparently only the cool people got to know where the hidden door was actually located to get into the speakeasy. After a complete trip around a complex that looked like it just as easily could have been building nuclear weapons, we returned to Layne at m2 for more explicit instructions. After a quick snicker and an affirmation that St. Amant could be a little tough to find, he quickly drew a map that bore a slight resemblance to a 300 year old treasure map but the key was to look for the Oleander hedge and there will be a small red awning over a door. Cool…wine tasting in Lodi and a scavenger hunt all in the same day! We returned to the nuclear complex/winemaking facility, made a left at the tree shaped like a skull and crossbones, drove roughly 247 yards and peered behind a well groomed hedge. Our prize was in site and X marked the spot. Well…X didn’t actually mark the spot. The promised red awning did but saying the “red awning marked the spot” just doesn’t sound very manly.