We hit Lodi and Chico last week for a long weekend getaway. We went up for ... ... the Chico Wildflower. I'd planned to ride the 60 but couldn't find a riding partner for T so I rode with her. She's comfy at 30 miles and says next year, now that she knows the route, I can ride whatever I want to ride. We weren't planning to make it three in a row in '18 but the event is so well orchestrated and Chico is a kick, so we're going back. A few months back I pitched an idea to my editor at the LA Times for a Weekend Escape, so we added a stopover in ... We rolled in about noon last Friday and hit up a joint called Fiori's Butcher Shoppe & Deli, and we liked ... ... so much that we went back on Saturday. We live in Santa Barbara County wine country, so we have a STEADY diet of Pinot and Chardonnay. We've been talking about adding some new tricks to our gig, so went in search of Zin, and found some other good stuff. Our first stop was at ... ... the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, which is an outgrowth of the association of grape growers. It is a grape-centric culture up there, not an egofest of winemakers. We tasted through (yes, it's blurry, I was being hasty with my DSLR) ... ... and then hit a highly touted winery ... (We despised it so much we didn't even take a picture. If you must know, it was Macchia. And if you are a fan of big-alcohol, jammy-raisin, mouth-dessicating wine, this is your place, and they managed to pull that off with every varietal we tried, not just the Zin ICBMs.) Thankfully we discovered ... and ... ... also known as m2 and Klinker Brick. And a few of their fine products, mostly Zin, but not all, made it home with us ... It was a quick turnaround before heading to Chico, and we bunked here our one night ... John Fogarty might've felt like he was stuck in Lodi, but we look forward to going back again.