Why did more than 6,000 attend last year’s Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival, a yearly celebration taking place this year on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 12-5 p.m.?
Where else can you experience over 250 Lodi grown wines, which are by definition lush and juicy (especially Lodi’s Zinfandels), yet also amazingly adventurous? Many of Lodi’s vintners have been forging reputations for cutting-edge varietal wines crafted from grapes like Albariño and Alicante Bouschet, Charbono and Teroldego. They’ve also been working with the totally exotic, unheard varieties like Marzemino and Dreirebe (if you want to know what wines like these taste like, you have to come to ZinFest!).
Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate, and will include a commemorative ZinFest wine glass, tasting of all the wines poured by over 40 wineries, and options to enjoy all the seminars and live entertainment.
For the curious, there are the ZinFest Wine School and the ZinFest Cooking School. These courses will featur Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis (a.k.a. “Wine Goddess”), Wine Enthusiast’s Virginie Boone, Restaurant Taste’s Tracey Berkener, m2 Wines educator Michael Perry, and lodiwine.com’s own Randy Caparoso. They’ll be taking on various subjects like wine and chocolate matching, wine and cheese advice, and introductions to Lodi’s most unusual wines.
Unlike many wine festivals, Zinfest’s setting ensures that you never feel crowded. Take a stroll over the lush green grass framed by the Mokelumne River to one side and the postcard-pretty Lodi Lake to the other. Soak in the scenery while enjoying
• An array of foods prepared by San Joaquin County’s finest chefs
• Live music
• The ZinFest Wine Shoppe, where you can purchase merchandise and wines, including a commemorative ZinFest bottling of classic Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
• Wine country merchandise, from Lodi olive oils and artisanal jewelry to ZinFest clothing and wine barrel furniture
See you all at the 2012 ZinFest!
Attendees must be 21 years of age to attend, and special designated driver tickets are available for just $10 each. Visit zinfest.com for more information.