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April 7, 2009
Cosentino comes to Lodi

Yes, we love some Napa wine around here - save for the weekend traffic congestion on Highway 29 and increasingly exorbitant tasting fees. Now there's a chance to get a little taste of Napa in Lodi. Cosentino Winery, based in Yountville, opened a tasting room in Lodi on April 1. This addition brings founder Mitch Cosentino back to his central valley roots. He first started making wine in Modesto circa 1980, and even after moving his operations to Napa continued to source grapes from Lodi.

The new Cosentino tasting room (3750 E. Woodbridge Rd, Woodbridge) features three wine flights:

- "The Wines" includes five tastes of its Lodi based wines for $5 (some of these wines are blended with Napa fruit).
- "Zin Trio" features tastes of three zinfandels for $5.
- "Napa Experience" costs $15 for five tastes of Cosentino's Napa wines, including a sample of its meritage blend "The Poet" (retail price on this one is a Napa-ish $75 per bottle).

I'm sure some folks won't be so stoked on the increase of Lodi tasting rooms that charge a fee. At least the tasting fee is waived here with the purchase of a bottle, with prices ranging from $18 - $75. For more information: www.cosentinowinery.com or (209) 333-8014.

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