Tasting Room Hours: 11am to 5pm daily.
Why go: Very good local wines, especially Zinfandel, excellent service.
Klinker Brick Winery is located just east of downtown Lodi, California, in the Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area). This area, southeast of Sacramento, includes about 551,000 total acres of which just over 100,000 acres are farmed for wine grapes in the AVA’s seven sub-regions (see map below). Zinfandel is the predominant varietal grown here, though around 50 different wine grapes are raised within the AVA.
Klinker Brick Winery is typical of most producers in this area, offering several versions of mid and premium-priced Zinfandel in each vintage along with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) – Petit Sirah (30%) – Old Vine Zinfandel (10%) labeled 1850°. A small collection of other wines are produced, including a Syrah, Abariño and Rosé.
The name Klinker Brick comes from a type of construction brick popular in the 1920’s that was sturdier than other bricks and produced a particular clinking sound when hit together (click for more information). The winery’s 1850° blend is named after the temperature at which these bricks were fired to produce their unique density and strength.
The Klinker Brick Winery tasting room is located on Alpine Road (separate from their production facility). A long bar and several round, bar-type tables provide ample space for visitors to sip their tasting flight. It was raining steadily the day I stopped by, yet the room was busy. Tasting room staff is friendly and professional – despite the high volume of visitors, there was almost no wait to begin tasting.
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