Excursions

2016 WBC Pre and Post Conference Excursions

This year we are offering 3 pre-conference excursions for those who are eager to get out and see the gorgeous areas surrounding Lodi.  We additionally have one post-conference excursion hosted by Lodi Wine Commission that is sure to be a sweet ending to WBC16.

The pre-conference excursions will start with a 1:30-2:00 PM pickup on Wednesday, August 10 from the Sacramento International Airport and end with a 4:00 PM drop-off on Thursday, August 11 at the official conference hotel.   As they become available, you can see the individual itineraries under each option.

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, please use our standard WBC registration form  or use this special WBC excursion registration form if you are already registered for the conference and are just looking to add excursions.

Option #1

Lodi Wine Commission - Experimental Wines & Old Vines

Details: As a participant, you will get a firsthand look at Lodi’s diverse terroir and experimental varietal wines as they tour between vineyards and wineries. That evening, you’ll get to know several of Lodi’s winegrowers and winemakers personally during a family-style dinner served with some of the region’s top wines. The pre-conference excursion will continue bright and early on Thursday, August 11 where you will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty during a brief sunrise harvest (Mother Nature allowing) followed by an al fresco breakfast in the vineyard.  Exploration of the region will continue through lunch and early afternoon before finishing with a drop-off at the conference hotels in Lodi.

HOTEL OPTION NO. 1 || Hampton Inn & Suites, Lodi. A block of rooms has been reserved for August 10, 2016 – August 16, 2016. A special room rate will be available until July 16, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Reservation link.

HOTEL OPTION NO. 2 || Holiday Inn Express, Lodi. To book a room at the Holiday Inn Express, please call (209) 210-0150 and reference group code WINE or use the reservation link and populate the dates to see the correct rates.  A special room rate will be available through July 1, 2016.

Cost: $50 for Citizen Bloggers and $100 for Non-Citizen Bloggers – 25 spots available

Option #2

Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

Livermore is known as the birthplace of California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and is located 90 minutes southwest of Sacramento and just 35 miles east of San Francisco.  There are so many beautiful wineries to see in the area and we are very excited to have LVWA on board as a host for this excursion.

Details: The Livermore  group will visit a few local wineries and then be invited to a welcome Reception at Concannon Vineyard and Underdog Wine Bar with a greeting and tour led by John Concannon.  This will be followed by a Food & Wine Pairing Dinner at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards with Karl and Carolyn Wente. The evening will be a great opportunity to experience two historic properties and personally connect with two of the founding families of the Livermore Valley.
We will stay at our local host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn.  The next day we will venture around to several more wineries and enjoy a lunch.  After lunch, a bus ride back to the conference hotel (Holiday Inn Express) in Lodi.

WBC Guest Itinerary:
Wednesday, August 10

1:30pm – Pick up from Hyatt Sacramento

2pm – Pick up from Sacramento Airport

4pm – Arrive Livermore Valley (East end of valley)

4-5:30pm – Ghielmetti Vineyard Tour & Tasting

5:30-7pm - To Be Announced

7-7:45pm – Concannon Tour & Taste

7:45pm – Sunset

7:30 – 9:30pm – Tour of Wente garden, followed by dinner

Possible after dinner event or to hotel; option to head to hotel or hang out

Check into Hilton Garden Inn

Thursday, August 11

7a-8:30am – Breakfast at hotel or downtown Livermore
9am – Vineyard Tour
10-11am – Vineyard Tour & Tasting
12-2pm – Lunch, Pleasanton

2pm- Bus departs for Lodi

Cost: $50 for Citizen Bloggers and $100 for Non-Citizen Bloggers

Option #3

Amador Vintners Association

Discover Amador’s “Heart of Gold” Experience you can Taste!

Begin your pre-conference wine journey with a complimentary airport pickup at Sacramento International Airport on Wednesday August 10th at 2pm where you will be transported to the Sierra Foothills.  Containing premier aspects of the wine lifestyle amid elevations of 200 feet to 9,000 feet and providing exquisite hospitality full of charming hoteliers, boutique shopping, gourmet culinary, wine tasting rooms and award winning wineries while exploring infamous historic sites in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Renowned for Shenandoah Valley, Shakeridge and Fiddletown, nuggets of rich history and style await you.

Located 35 miles east of Downtown Sacramento, your adventure will ensure a rich understanding of the best secrets of Amador.

Details: After settling into your hotel on Wednesday afternoon, enjoy a well-appointed progressive dining and pairing event while exploring the ‘gold’ in the golden Sierra Foothills historic Kennedy Mine where the entrepreneurial pioneers helped create our incredible region – Our star wine bloggers will mix and mingle in a fine-dining al fresco ambiance with pioneering winemakers and culinary experts before returning to the hotel.

Rest up! After local breakfast, your VIP shuttle transports you to your hands-on access to Amador’s historical vineyards and wine production tours designed with focus on the unique qualities of our mountainous terroir complete with barrel, reserve and flagship wine tastings with personal insights from the prestigious winemakers and leaders of our award winning wine region. Insightful ‘Taste & Learn’ segments include Zinfandel, Barbera, Rhones, Italians and more in a dynamic and engaging program combining two segments: Historical Vineyard Experience & Modern Wine Facility Tour with seated luncheon hosted by multiple sponsoring wineries. After tasting the heritage of Amador, we will transport you to the next leg of your conference sated with the gold-medal flavors of Amador, in time for your Thursday reception.

WBC Guest Itinerary:
Wednesday, August 10 Discover Your Gold – Kennedy Mine

1:30 Pick-up at Sacramento Hyatt – across the street from the State Capital

2:00 Pick-up at Sacramento International Airport (2 shuttles total)

3:30 Check-in to the Amador Hotel (TBD) Those who may be driving their own vehicle should plan to check-in at your Amador hotel this time as well.

4:00 Meet in the lobby of the hotel for the Kennedy Mine Progressive Dinner

5-8pm Kennedy Mine Progressive Dining Experience

Discovery Tour of Kennedy Mine

Gold Medal Demos from 6pm-7:30pm

8:30pm Return transport to hotel

Thursday, August 11 –Vineyard & Winery Experience

Breakfast at the Amador hotel

8:30am Pick-up at hotel

PART I – HISTORICAL VINEYARD EXPERIENCE – TASTE THE GOLD! – (Shenandoah School House)

9:30am – 11:30am

In a vineyard setting, learn the history of Amador’s Historical Vineyards of Zinfandel with one-one conversations with pioneers who maintain the quality and love of heritage growth dating back to 1870’s. Sponsored by several wineries, we will feature tastings of wine founded in Amador tradition by each winery.

(Board Shuttles)

(Ride on shuttle designed to show the changing elevations of area )

PART II – PIONEERING MODERN WINE : FACILITY EXPERIENCE – (Andis Wines )

12:30 – 2:30

Seated Luncheon will provide one-one engagement with each winery’s winemaker as each course is perfectly paired with specially selected wines for your luncheon enjoyment. After lunch enjoy a guided modern facility tour with additional multi-winery tastings as you soak up the incredible stories of how Amador winemakers blend respectful tradition with modern fluidity which is evident in their flagship and award winning wines.

3:00pm            Depart for Lodi Conference

4:00 pm           Drop-off / Lodi hotel destination (Hampton or Holiday Inn Express)

Cost: $50 for Citizen Bloggers and $100 for Non-Citizen Bloggers – 25 spots available

 

Post-Conference Excursion

Lodi Wine Commission – Taste of Lodi’s Historic Old Vine Vineyards

Details: The post-conference excursion will depart the conference location at 1:15 PM on Sunday, August 14. The group will partake in several of Lodi’s signature “tailgate” wine tastings as they explore some of the region’s oldest vineyard plantings, many of which date back to the early 1900’s. Following the tour, an in-depth tasting of some of Lodi’s oldest and finest single-old vine vineyard bottlings will be hosted by a panel of Lodi’s top winegrowers and winemakers. The post-conference excursion will conclude with a family-style dinner served with some of the region’s top wines followed by drop-off by 9:00 PM at the conference hotels in Lodi.

HOTEL OPTION NO. 1 || Hampton Inn & Suites, Lodi. A block of rooms has been reserved for August 10, 2016 – August 16, 2016. A special room rate will be available until July 16, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Reservation link.

HOTEL OPTION NO. 2 || Holiday Inn Express, Lodi. To book a room at the Holiday Inn Express, please call (209) 210-0150 and reference group code WINE or use the reservation link and populate the dates to see the correct rates. A special room rate will be available through July 1, 2016.

Cost: $50 for Citizen Bloggers and $100 for Non-Citizen Bloggers – 25 spots available

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, please use our standard WBC registration form  or use this special WBC excursion registration form if you are already registered for the conference and are just looking to add excursions.