Special Tastings Across US Scheduled for National Zinfandel Day


Zinfandel will have its day in the cool November sun this Wednesday as the United States celebrates the fourth annual National Zinfandel Day, an event founded and promoted by the California-based Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). 
The day-long celebration is scheduled to include specially selected wine and food pairings at restaurants around the country.
“Zinfandel Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the versatility of America's grape,” ZAP Executive Director Rebecca Robinson said in a press release. “Zinfandel offers a wide range and diversity of styles to please even the most discriminating palate.”
San Diego's Vivace, an Italian restaurant located in Park Hyatt Aviara, will celebrate the day with a tasting event as well as a gourmet dinner which is scheduled to feature zin pairings. The hotel's sommelier Rebekah Turpin and representatives from Novato-based Starry Night Winery will attend the event. 
The tasting reception will begin at 6 pm in the hotel's Lobby Lounge and will include hors d'oeuvres as well as Zinfandel trivia and giveaways. The dinner will begin after the tastings. Cost is $25 for the tasting and $90 for the dinner.
Several states over, Sante Fe's Coyote Cafe & Cantina will celebrate zin New Mexico-style with a $80-per-head dinner. 
The event will feature a visit by California's Klinker Brick Winery and The Prisoner winery. According to the restaurant's website, the evening's dinner menu includes Champagne scallop soup, wild boar paté, quail with duck confit, lamb loin Wellington and caramel carrot cake.
A National Zinfandel Day event will is also scheduled to take place at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, D.C. Wine Spectator gave the restaurant the Award of Excellence in 2010.
Aside from the special restaurant events in San Diego, Santa Fe and Washington D.C., Zinfandel events will take place at wineries in California. 
Renwood Winery will host events throughout the week at their estate. The winery is one of many quality zin producers in near the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Renwood winemaker Joe Shebl said in a press release this past week.
“There are so many great vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, especially old vine Zinfandel,” he said. “I love being able to work with so many of them.”
According to the release, in 2013 there were more than 48,000 acres of Zinfandel planted in California. 
“Wine enthusiasts nationwide are invited to open their favorite bottle of Zinfandel,” ZAP said. “Pour a glass and join the conversation.”
Photo Credit: Charlie Palmer Steak

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