ZinFest Wine School

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

1:30-2:15 PM – BLIND TASTING 101 (what to look for when evaluating wine)

SPEAKER: RANDY CAPAROSO (LODIWINE.COM BLOG AND EDITOR-AT-LARGE, THE SOMM JOURNAL)

A great introduction to the “art” of tasting wines — and identifying and delineating the sensory qualities of different varietal types — led by 40-year wine professional and award-winning journalist, Randy Caparoso.

2:30-3:15 PM – SIX GRAPES TO KNOW (according to the Grape Goddess®)

SPEAKER: CATHERINE FALLIS, MS (GRAPE GODDESS® AND AUTHOR, TEN GRAPES TO KNOW)

  • Pinot Gris — Anaya Family Vineyards
  • Sauvignon Blanc — Oak Farm Vineyards Estate
  • Viognier — Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards
  • Sangiovese — Sorelle Winery
  • Syrah — Fields Family Wines
  • Cabernet Sauvignon — Michael David Winery Rapture

3:30-4:15 PM – ONE GRAPE TO KNOW – ANCIENT VINE SINGLE-VINEYARD LODI ZINFANDEL

SPEAKER: CATHERINE FALLIS, MS (GRAPE GODDESS® AND AUTHOR, TEN GRAPES TO KNOW)

  • Jessie’s Grove Winery Royal Tee Vineyard Zinfandel (planted 1889)
  • St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel (planted 1901)
  • Tizona by Bokisch Vineyards Suess Vineyard Zinfandel (planted 1920s)
  • Michael Klouda Wines 1902 Block Zinfandel (planted 1902)
  • Harney Lane Winery Scottsdale Vineyard Zinfandel (planted 1900s)
  • Turley Wine Cellars Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel (planted 1915)