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In the years following World War II, Dutch immigrant John Van Ruiten sought to fulfill his dream of owning a vineyard. With a simple handshake as his contract, he purchased the land that would help him turn that reverie into a verdant realty. More than a half-century later, the wine empire spawned by that handshake continues to sprawl as quickly as the vines of its zinfandel grapes. These grapes and more now stretch across the 800 acres that Van Ruiten Family Vineyards call home, earning the winery high accolades—including a nod in the Wall Street Journal proclaiming their 2007 old vine zinfandel among the top 12 wines in the world in 2009.

In Van Ruiten's tasting room, guests can sample the winery's signature zinfandel, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon–shiraz blend before retiring to shady corners of the courtyard or an outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards. Among the vines, nesting boxes house owls that—as an alternative to pesticides—hunt down rodents and use their bright eyes to scare away enterprising grape thieves.

340 W Highway 12
Lodi,
CA
US

Inside Bunches of Beads, visitors might get lost. It's not that the store is giant. In fact, the space is rather cozy. But the trove of multi-colored beads, chains, charms, and supplies is sure to bewitch any DIY-jeweler into a state of wholly positive disorientation. Inside their wooden display cases, strands of freshwater pearls and rows of tiny seed beads provide inspiration for a new necklace, bracelet, or beaded beer koozie, while tools such as rentable micro torches encourage crafters to complete a project. You can also start a project in one of Bunches of Beads' classes, which range from beginners beading courses to wire-wrapping and repurposing vintage pieces into new works of wearable art.

7 South Cherokee Lane
Lodi,
CA
US

Inside Bunches of Beads, visitors might get lost. It's not that the store is giant. In fact, the space is rather cozy. But the trove of multi-colored beads, chains, charms, and supplies is sure to bewitch any DIY-jeweler into a state of wholly positive disorientation. Inside their wooden display cases, strands of freshwater pearls and rows of tiny seed beads provide inspiration for a new necklace, bracelet, or beaded beer koozie, while tools such as rentable micro torches encourage crafters to complete a project. You can also start a project in one of Bunches of Beads' classes, which range from beginners beading courses to wire-wrapping and repurposing vintage pieces into new works of wearable art.

100 West Pine Street
Lodi,
CA
US

The six generations of winemakers known as the Ehlers family have endured more than their fair share of trials and tragedies?from the loss of beloved patriarchs to a legal dispute over the name on their wine labels. Still, they've persevered, building a legacy that began in 1921 while fueled by two motives?a love of family and a passion for making wine. Now known as E2 Family Winery, their facility oversees more than 500 acres of vineyards dedicated to the growing of red and white California grape varietals. Once harvested, these grapes are processed in small batches to make eight styles of wine that include cabernet

sauvignon, zinfandel, and pinot grigio. The most unique of these comes from grapes grown on just 4 acres: a Portuguese-style verdelho, one of only a few made in the United States. And yet it's not just the winery's products that are unique?a GAI bottling system is a marvel in its own right. The system labels, plugs, and vacuum seals bottles with both synthetic and natural corks at a rapid speed, producing up to 2,000 cases a day, enough to supply a bottle to every household in the state or to keep Dionysus's next house party going for a few more hours.

9009 Hwy 12
Lodi,
CA
US

People often use flowers to send messages to their loved ones, and The Flower Cart is passionate about working with customers to help them find a floral arrangement that sends the perfect message. The Love's Divine bouquet says “I love you” with a mix of red and white roses, and the Fairest of All arrangement's woven basket says, “You're beautiful and can carry everything to the picnic.” The Flower Cart never hesitates to go the extra mile, even hand-delivering bouquets to residences and businesses throughout Acampo, Clements, Galt, Lockeford, and Lodi.

937 S Cherokee Ln
Lodi,
CA
US

Since arriving in California in 1938, the Weibel family has produced rare and celebrated varieties of wine. To accomplish this, they draw from three generations of family experience?both in their ancestral home of Switzerland and in the fertile valleys of Mendocino County. Today, Fred Weibel, Jr. continues the traditions of his grandfather and father before him by growing, brewing, and bottling delicious wines such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, or the vineyard's signature sparkling whites.

1 Winemaster Way
Lodi,
CA
US