Southern Hospitality in California’s Northern Interior

Attendees of #WBC16′s dinner with #LodiWine on Saturday, August 13, can expect a down-home menu & plenty of unique Lodi wines, poured by the winemakers themselves….


It’s here! It’s here! Not a second too soon, we’re sharing the delicious deets on WBC16’s highly anticipated Dinner With Lodi Wine on Saturday, August 13, at 7:00pm.

South Restaurant LogoIn keeping with our laid back, we’re-all-family-here vibe, we’re serving up platefuls of down-home cooking from South – recently named one of California’s Capital City’s hot spots for contemporary Southern cuisine. Husband and wife team and owners Ian “The Mayor” and N’Gina “All Business” Kavookjian are restaurant-service veterans (she was assistant manager at Sacramento’s swanky Ella Dining Room & Bar and he managed Cafe Bernardo – a trendy bistro in nearby Midtown) with a passion for providing unparalleled pleasures of the palate. Carefully crafted to excite your palate, we present the evening’s dinner menu:


Curly Kale Caesar Salad With Shaved Grana Padano
Mini Clover Honey Cornbread Muffin

Dry Rub Smoked Brisket
Achiote & Guajillo Chili Rubbed Pork Loin
Three Cheese Macaroni & Cheese With Toasted Breadcrumbs
Roasted Baby Carrots
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Peach & Red Currant Tart
With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Streusel & Chantilly Whipped CreamLodi Wine Dinner_Credit Goff Photography

And… in keeping with our pioneering spirit, we’re switching it up a bit with regards to the evening’s wine element. (Because why wouldn’t we?) This year’s WBC Dinner With Lodi Wine will feature a diverse selection of premium wines from 16 of Lodi’s top winery brands. Winemakers and owners of each winery will play sommelier to two dinner tables each, sharing their wines, their story, and – without doubt – their passion for good times. Here’s a look at who you will be sharing your dinner and wines with next Saturday evening:


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Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards | @AcquiesceWine
Borra Vineyards / Markus Wine Co. | @BorraWine@MarkusWine
Durst Winery | @DurstWinery
Estate Crush | @estatecrush
Fields Family Wines | @fieldsfamwines
Harney Lane Winery | @HarneyLaneWine
Heritage Oak Winery | @2vinotintos
Ironstone Vineyards | @ironstonewinery
Klinker Brick Winery | @KlinkerBrick
LangeTwins Winery | @LangeTwins
m2 Wines | @m2Wines
Macchia Wines | @MacchiaWines
McCay Cellars | @mccaycellars
Peltier Winery | @PeltierWinery
St.Amant Winery | @stamantwine
Twisted Barrel | @twistedbarrelwinerylodi

Now, to be clear: Just because your dinner table is being hosted by a specific winery, it does not mean that you are limited to one Lodi Wine Bottles_Credit Goff Photographybrand of wine(s). No siree… We want you to feel free to “roam about the cabin,” sampling or stealing (hey, it’s all good) wines from other tables while mingling with your fellow writers and Lodi winegrowers.

Following the Wine Blog Awards presentation and announcement of 2017 WBC location and date, there will be complimentary shuttles waiting to transport you safely back to our host hotels – Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Best Western on Cherokee Lane.

We’re looking forward to toasting to another successful and fun WBC with you next Saturday night!

Have you registered? Join us for a fantastic #WBC16!

Stay tuned with @winebloggerscon and @Lodi_Wine on Twitter for any updates and new information. And don’t forget to use hashtags #WBC16 and #LodiWine.