Not only is the annual ZinFest Wine Festival the perfect opportunity to taste the finest wines produced by over 40 Lodi wineries, but it’s also a great place to learn from the best in the wine business.

At this year’s festival – taking place Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 12pm to 5pm at Lodi Lake Park – the ZinFest Wine School will be headlined by two incredible instant-wine-lessons given by none other than the Grape Goddess® herself: Catherine Fallis, a Bay Area MS (Master Sommelier).

It’s not easy to be a Master Sommelier. In fact, the blind tastings and examinations to become one are so rigorous that only 129 Americans have earned this title since 1973. Out of those 129, only 18 of them have been women. Ms. Fallis is also the only person (male or female) to have earned both an MS from the Court of Master Sommeliers and an Advanced Certified Wine Professional™ (ACWP) from the Culinary Institute of America.

This year’s ZinFest Wine School begins at 1pm under its own tent, located lakeside next to the gargantuan willow trees. Ms. Fallis will be joined by two other brilliant women wine professionals and, we promise, these ladies will make Lodi wine come alive for you!

ZinFest Wine School Lineup:

1:00 - 1:40pm – Jammy, Balanced and Pure: Lodi Old Vine Zins
: A tasting of Lodi’s finest wines from vineyards averaging over 100 years-of-age, presented by Ellen Landis, Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Specialist and Proprietor, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn.

2:00 - 2:40pm – Wine Tasting 101 with Grape Goddess®: 
A 40-minute synopsis of her SIX WEEK WINE EXPERT wine course, this session is presented by Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis, of planet grape® Wine School.

3:00 - 3:40pm – Lodi’s Best & Most Beautiful Blends
 A tasting of Lodi’s finest white and red wine blends, presented by Tracey Berkener, Sommelier and Proprietor of Restaurant Taste in Plymouth, Proprietor of Volcano Union Pub + Inn in Volcano, and Adjunct Instructor of Culinary Arts at San Joaquin Delta College.

4:00 - 4:40pm – Secrets of Wine & Cheese Matching with Grape Goddess® & Cheese Central
: Everything you ever wanted to know about enjoying wines with artisanal cheeses, presented by Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis, and Cindy Della Monica, Proprietor of Lodi’s own Cheese Central.

Along with fun, educational seminars at the ZinFest Wine School, attendees of ZinFest will enjoy:

-Gourmet cuisine from local restaurant purveyors (available for purchase)
-Live music from the ZinFest Main Stage and sing-a-longs at the ZinFest Piano Bar
-Browsing through Lodi olive oils and vinegars, handcrafted jewelry, and wine barrel furniture created by artisan merchants
-Discovering a new favorite dish at the ZinFest Cooking School
And so much more!

Tickets ($45 in advance, $55 at the gate) are available for purchase through or by calling the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at (209) 365-0621. Attendees must be 21 years of age to attend, and special designated driver tickets are available for just $10 each.