California’s Lodi Wine Country will host the 6th annual ZinFest Wine Festival – “Wine, Food and Fun at Lodi Lake” on the weekend of May 14-16.
For many years, Lodi was “under the radar” of most wine lovers. Growers provided grapes to top wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, but only a handful of local wine estates existed. That has changed tremendously in recent years, and now Lodi has become a destination for lovers of Zinfandel and other varieties.
Here’s a look at the ZinFest schedule…
* Friday, May 14, 6-9 p.m. – Vintners’ Grille at the Lake. Lodi’s vintners and growers extend hometown hospitality in a festive celebration under the wine country stars at Lodi Lake Park.
Indulge in freshly prepared wine country cuisine paired with Lodi’s famous old-vine Zinfandel. Complete the dining experience while sampling from the dessert bar hosted by the San Joaquin Delta College School of Culinary Arts.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $75 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10.
* Saturday, May 15, 12 noon-6 p.m. – ZinFest Wine Festival. More than 50 artisanal wineries showcase what makes Lodi California’s emerging fine wine region. Taste from an array of local food purveyors, immerse yourself in the ZinFest Wine & Cooking School seminars, or relax along the Mokelumne River while listening to an eclectic mix of live music.
You can also be among the first to experience the brand new ZinFest Piano Bar, and browse a diverse selection of merchandise from regional vendors.
Tickets are $45 in advance, and include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, participation in seminars and entertainment.
* Sunday, May 16 – Participating wineries in the region offer tours and host open houses. Guests can embark on a self-guided journey through the Lodi appellation as wineries host special activities and tastings of their wines.
For more information on the ZinFest Wine Festival, visit the event’s Web site at www.zinfest.com or contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission at 209-367-4727.