Two wineries have teamed up to open a new tasting room on School Street. Six Hands Winery and Sorelle Winery plan to open the joint business at 7 N. School St.
Aside from pouring wine, the new tasting room will offer beer tastings and sell wine-related gifts like decanters, stemware and cork screws, project applicant Peter Marks said.
In a unanimous vote, the Lodi Planning Commission approved a use permit for an Alcohol Beverage Control license for beer and wine. Commissioner Bill Cummins was absent from the meeting. Commissioners Wendel Kiser and Dave Kirsten could not vote on the item because Kirsten owns property near the proposed tasting room and Kiser was related to the applicant.
Six Hands Winery is located in Walnut Grove and Sorelle Winery is at Eight Mile and Highway 88. Both have tasting rooms, but wanted to also offer their wine in Downtown Lodi.
"We feel it is the center of the wine mecca here in Lodi, and we feel like it would be a great opportunity to expand our tasting rooms at each of our wineries into Downtown Lodi," Marks said.
Commissioner Nick Jones said he looked forward to the new winery.
"It's good for tourism, it's good for Downtown, and I'm glad to see you here," Jones said.