LODI — Curious to see how wine goes from vineyard to glass? The Visit Lodi Visitors and Conference Bureau is aiming to inform curious wine enthusiasts by hosting a full-day wine camp Sept. 25.
The event features a guided tour through a Lodi vineyard, lunch with winemakers, a class on pairing food with wine, dinner, an overnight stay in a local hotel and a VIP ticket to the "Taste of Lodi" event the next day, which enables participants to enter 15 minutes early.
The tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, said Nancy Beckman, president of the visitors and conference bureau. Tickets are $450 per person and there are roughly 20 spaces available.
The day starts at Jessie's Grove Winery, where participants can help harvest grapes. A lunch at Michael-David Winery follows. The wine camp includes a blending class at d'Art Winery.
Next is a wine and food pairing class at Crush Kitchen + Bar in downtown Lodi. The evening concludes with a dinner at St. Jorge Winery.
The price of the ticket is modest, Beckman said, as the camp is a less-expensive alternative to such daylong events in Napa or Sonoma.
"Similar plans in Napa or Sonoma cost $600 to $800," she said.