For Zinfandel lovers, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, in the Amador Wine Region can’t be missed as the Amador Vintners Association and Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) present Zinfandel Heritage Heaven for two days.
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Starting with the release of the ZAP 2012 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel made by Amador winemaker Chris Leamy of Terra d’Oro, Saturday begins at noon at Terra d’Oro, 20680 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth, where guests will taste the new wine with Leamy. The Heritage vineyard wine is made by a different Zinfandel winemaker every vintage. Only 100 cases of this exclusive wine were made.
Terra d’Oro will then present a sensational barbecue designed to pair seamlessly with the new wine of fire-roasted chicken, slow-smoked Saint Louis ribs, cowboy beans, mushroom risotto plus salad and crusty bread.
A 10-year vertical of zinfandel port, a specialty of Terra d’Oro, will be presented by Leamy following lunch. Other delights and zinfandel educational components are part of the day.
On Sunday, May 18, the epicenter of Zinfandel heritage in California will be abuzz with serious zinfandel offerings from 10 Amador zinfandel specialists.
Each offers ticket-holders an opportunity to taste verticals, libraries, old vine zins and vineyard designate zinfandels.
Choose your style of zinfandel from concentrated black fruit flavors and silky, balanced tannins; to lighter, more fresh red fruit and finesse. The winemakers showcase what can be done with the grape that found its way to Amador Wine region in the 1800s. Credentials for Sunday will be available at Terra d’Oro on Saturday.
Go to zinfandel.org for information and to purchase tickets which are $40 for ZAP members and wine club members and $50 for non-members.