ZinFest Wine School

The ZinFest Wine School is open to all guests with new demonstrations taking place each hour.


1:00-1:45 PM – Lodi Wine 401 – How to Blind-Taste Like a Pro
Speaker: lodiwine.com’s Randy Caparoso (with guest Lodi winemakers)
Description: When wine industry and media professionals taste wine, they are required to do it with precision; focusing on each sensory detail. Tasting wines “blind” can enhance this process. Please join 40-year wine industry professional Randy Caparoso as he demonstrates how to identify wines by component, thereby enhancing your love and experience of the fruits of the vine.


2:00-2:45 PM – Kosher & Contemporary Wines of Lodi – Featuring Covenant Winery and Mettler Family Vineyards
Jeff Morgan (Covenant) and the Mettler Family
Description: Covenant Winery Co-Proprietor Jeff Morgan brings a world of experience – having produced wine in Napa Valley as well as Israel, authored wine and culinary books, and served as former West Coast Editor of Wine Spectator magazine – to some of the finest wines crafted under kosher guidelines (as good for Sabbath-observant Jews as it is for any lover of the finest wines!). In this ZinFest “class” you will also taste the wines of Lodi’s own Mettler Family Vineyards, who grow the Lodi appellation wines for the Covenant label.

  • Covenant, Mensch Roussanne
  • Covenant, The Tribe Chardonnay
  • Covenant, Mensch Zinfandel
  • Covenant, Landsman Zinfandel
  • Mettler Family, Chardonnay
  • Mettler Family, Zinfandel
  • Mettler Family, Petite Sirah


3:00-3:45 PM – Artisanal “Natural” Wines of Lodi – Featuring Turley Wine Cellars, Sandlands, Precedent Wines, Thomas Fogarty Vineyards, and Ferdinand Wines

Speakers: Tegan Passalacqua (Turley & Sandlands), Nathan Kandler (Precedent & Thomas Fogarty), and Evan Frazier (Ferdinand)
Description: Lodi has become a hotbed for “cool kid” winemakers known for their minimal intervention approach to the art; whose wines are among the most terroir-driven expressions of the region ever made. If you wish to experience what “Lodi” truly tastes like, we invite you to join these three phenomenally talented (and justifiably acclaimed) winemakers – Tegan Passalacqua, Nathan Kandler and Evan Frazier – in this amazing ZinFest “class.”

  • Turley, Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault
  • Turley, Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Turley, Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Sandlands, Kirschenmann Vineyard Chenin Blanc
  • Precedent, Chenin Blanc Sec
  • Precedent, Victors Zinfandel
  • Skyline (Thomas Fogarty), Artisan Red
  • Ferdinand, Albariño