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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:00 pm

You'd think crush alone would be enough to keep most wineries busy, but over the last 11 weeks, 3 new tasting rooms have opened in and around Lodi. I'll cover each in more detail in the future, but these are worth exploring now for holiday gift-giving.

Sisters Kim and Melissa Scott and family opened Sorelle Winery on the historic Dodge Family Estate, which dates back to 1866. The Italian-varietal focused tasting room is located southeast of Lodi at 9599 N Hwy 88 and open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday." target= "_blank">

Longtime Lodi label designer/marketing whiz, Jeremy Trettevik and his wife Choral beautifully remodeled part of their downtown office space on 6 West Pine Street to create Jeremy Wine Company. Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

North of Peltier Road at 23627 North DeVries Road, Dan and Dayna Panella have opened" target="_blank">Oak Farm Vineyards at the 1864 former home of William DeVries. The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (The Panella's also own downtown Lodi's Vine & Branches Christian Bookstore.)

In addition, I know of at least 4 more tasting rooms that should open in the next 6 months, pushing the total to over 50, and most of those opened within the last decade!