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Perfect Pairings

There's more in Lodi than Zinfindel.  A trip to popular Durst Winery will offer wine lovers something different to taste — and possibly their newest favorite place to spend a spring afternoon. 

First is Nebbiolo ("Nebby-oh-low") originally from Northern Italy's Piedmont region, it has robust tannins and acidity making it a perfect choice to pair with tomato base sauces, garlic, sausage, duck, ribeye as well as a variety of cheeses. 

The second red is Cinsault ("SAN-soh") often used as a blending grape with origins in the Southern Rhone region of France.  Cinsault delivers floral notes and strawberry with low levels of tannin and acidity.  Excellent choice to pair with beef stew or a variety of roasted meats.

In addition, Durst recently released its Sauvignon Blanc, another  grape with origins in Southern France.  It is always a summer favorite.  With flavors ranging from green apple to floral peach it is crisp, zesty and always a crowd pleaser.


Getting there: 

Durst Winery and Estate

10173 E. Acampo Rd., Acampo


Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


Tastings are $10 per person and are complimentary with the purchase of a bottle. Reservations are required for parties of six or more. Children are welcome and must be supervised by an adult. Dogs are to be supervised by owner and kept on a leash. To make a reservation call: 209-601-1413. The winery will be closed on April 21. For more information about the estate, Outside alcohol is not permitted due to licensure, thank you.