ZAP is for zin fans

By From page B5 | September 06, 2013

The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers is presenting Sierra Foothills Zinfandel Flights at Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The event is a seminar-style tasting of themed zinfandel flights, led by winemakers and owners of 12 top Sierra Foothills producers. The experts will explore the nuances of old vine zins, high elevation vineyards, and past and current vintages. Sacramento wine writer Rick Kushman will lead the panel discussion.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk with winemakers and owners like Jonathan Lachs of Cedarville Vineyard, Linda Neal of Mellowood Vineyards and Marco Capelli of Miraflores Winery in El Dorado County; Bill Easton of Easton Wines in Amador County, and Larry Turley, who recently opened an Amador County tasting room for his Napa-based Turley Wine Cellars; and Gay Callan of Chatom Vineyards in Calaveras County.

“Zinfandel is the perfect wine metaphor for the foothills. It’s laid-back, fun and real,” Capelli, frequently recognized by the wine press for his signature zinfandel, said.

He explained why it’s become a regional favorite.

“With abundant sunshine, a multitude of exposures and granitic, well-drained soils, zinfandel has found a happy home in the Sierra Foothills. It thrives in adverse conditions, setting smaller, looser clusters and thick-skinned berries, making for intense and extracted wines,” he said.


Schedule of activities

2 to 2:45 p.m. Vineyard tour
3 to 5 p.m. Seminar
5 to 6 p.m. Walk-about tasting
6 to 8 p.m. South American-inspired barbecue dinner, served on the winery’s vineyard terrace

Participating wineries are: Andis Wines, Cedarville Vineyard, Chatom Vineyards, Easton Wines, Lava Cap Winery, Mellowood Vineyards, Milliaire Winery, Miraflores Winery, Mount Aukum Winery, Renwood Winery, Terra d’Oro Winery and Turley Wine Cellars.

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Mimi Escabar

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