The strong scent of cinnamon and the buzz of voices spilled out through the entrance of the annual Lodi Spring Wine Show on Saturday.
Held in the Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, whether there were slight slurps of satisfaction as people enjoyed a Lodi Zinfandel or a hearty crunch from one of the numerous restaurants offering samples, the wine show certainly had something for everyone.
With wine glasses in hand, hundreds of people wandered through the maze of visiting wineries, restaurants and even topiary displays as they enjoyed a little of everything Lodi had to offer.
From farming equipment to food trucks, there was no shortage of sites among the bountiful booths offering sips of what one woman called “bubbly” or where one man attempted to ask for more meatballs with his mouth full.
Stockton residents Craig and Terri Dunn had never seen such a show — it was their first time at the annual spring event — but in under an hour of walking around, they were already having a blast.
Claiming that he preferred a “nice Cabernet,” Craig Dunn said he was thoroughly enjoying the food and even the other wine options available.
Restaurants including Alebrijes Mexican Bistro and popular food truck A Moveable Feast were among the many food options available to wine show attendees.
Whether you preferred cheese or steak, meatballs or fried tortillas, restaurants made sure everyone’s tastebuds were satisfied.
For those who had been to the show in the past, this year was as spectacular as the rest.
Out-of-towner Sherry Haupt, from Kerman, said she had been coming to the event every year for the past seven years.
Once a cynic when it came to drinking wine, Haupt said that when she finally had that “light bulb” moment and found the perfect wine-food pairing, she changed her ways.
At Saturday’s show, Haupt was looking forward to pairing a hearty red wine with some of the food that was available.
“I love supporting the local growers, and that is what makes (the show) so great,” she said. “Everything is local. Everything is good.”
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