Pre-ZinFest Festivities

Extend your ZinFest celebration by attending one or more of these special winery events in the days leading up to the weekend’s 15th anniversary celebration! Please continue to check back as the event week approaches as more activities will be added as they are scheduled. Here’s the lineup for 2019 so far:

Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 6:30-9:30pm

Wine Paired Dinner featuring Chef Ben Merritt at LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
1525 E. Jahant Rd., Acampo, CA, 95220

Experience an unforgettable Wine Paired Dinner featuring Top Master Chef Ben Merritt of Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas. Inspired by the art and science of cooking, Ben has created a New American six-course dinner with an eclectic twist and paired each course with a wine that both highlights and complements the dish. Along with the memorable food and wine, the evening will include stories from both Ben and founding twin, Randall Lange. Limited availability. This event is for guests 21+.

Wine Club Members receive 20% off. For additional details, please call 209.334.9780. To purchase tickets, click HERE

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

2019 ZinFest Blind Tasting – A Study of Ancient Vine Zinfandels of California
Wine & Roses Hotel Ballroom, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, 95242

Exactly how do Zinfandels from Lodi’s oldest vines compare to ancient vine Zinfandels grown in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Contra Costa and Amador County? The best way to find out is to taste them “blind,” preferably with the guidance of some of the most Zinfandel-knowledgeable wine professionals in the state.

This ZinFest pre-event will consist of 12 Zinfandels from all these classic wine regions – all the wines sourced from vines planted an average of over 100 years ago. The objective will be to delineate and discuss terroir related sensory qualities, which will be discussed by three panelists of impeccable credentials: Mike Dunne (Columnist, “Dunne on Wine,” and The Sacramento Bee), Steve Eliot (Editor, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine), and Catherine Fallis MS (Planet Grape®, Grape Goddess®, author of “10 Grapes to Know”). The panel/tasting will be moderated by Randy Caparoso (editor for and The SOMM Journal).

Cost is $40 per person. Reservations are required. Seats are limited!

*There is no physical ticket required for this event. Your purchase information will be used for check-in at the event.

For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 6:00-9:00pm

Dress Up, Wine Down on Cap with Lodi Wines
Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA  | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | No charge

Hey Sacramentans: Lodi is bringing the wine to you during Second Saturday on May 11! Dress Up, Wine Down on Cap will feature wine tasting from 12 of your favorite Lodi wineries alongside a dazzling fashion show highlighting styles and trends from the area’s hottest boutiques like Richard Hallmarq, Getta Clue, Heart Clothing Boutique, and more! This event benefits WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment).

Featured wineries: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards,  Bokisch Vineyards, Drava Wines,  Harney Lane Winery, Klinker Brick Winery, m2 Wines, Macchia Wines, MacKenzie Vineyards, Markus Wine Co., Oak Ridge Winery, Paskett Winery, Thomas Allen Vineyards & Winery.