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Randy Caparoso
May 6, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Lodi wines for tasting, purchase and by-the-glass at ZinFest Festival

2015 ZinFest Scene

2015 ZinFest Scene

2015 ZinFest Festival

Are you ready for Lodi’s 2015 ZinFest Festival, happening this coming Saturday, May 16?

Starting at 12 Noon in the gorgeous Lodi Lake Park, ZinFest wine lovers will be able to not only taste over 200 Lodi grown wines made by the region's best producers, they will be able to purchase most of these wines at the Zinfandel Wine Shoppe, conveniently located at the entrance of the festival grounds (where caravans of golf carts will be lined up to transport you and your bottles to the front parking lot).

Needless to say, we don't expect any of our ZinFester to taste everything, since this is not humanly possible. And so to help you plan on what you might want to taste ahead of time, we are furnishing a list (below) of the wines our producers are planning to pour, as well as offer for sale.

Yes, the winery tables can get crowded with fellow wine enthusiasts. At any given time, there will be plenty of opportunity to just lay back and take a load off your feet on the lush grass or tables and chairs placed all over Lodi Lake Park, in front of the big music stage or on plush sofas around the ZinFest Piano Bar, if not under the shade of the big tents of our ZinFest Cooking School or Wine School. One way or another, we got you covered in the relaxation department.

In addition, if you want to sit in one place and enjoy some vino, it is will also be possible to purchase 5 oz. pours of wine ($7/glass) at the Wine-by-the-Glass booth located adjacent to the main entertainment stage. The wines that will be available by the glass are notated in our list below.

How does that grab you? If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, be sure to visit Meantime, our ZinFest wine list:

* Asterisks notate wines available for sale at ZinFest Wine Shoppe
Wines available by-the-glass listed in red

Acquiesce Grenache Blanc

Acquiesce Grenache Blanc

Abundance Vineyards
2014 Moscato
2014 Bountiful Blanc
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards
*2014 Grenache Blanc
*2014 Grenache Rosé
*2014 Viognier

Bokisch Vineyards
*2014 Albariño
*2012 Graciano
*2013 Rosado
*2012 Tempranillo

Borra Vineyards
2012 Barbera
2014 White Fusion
2013 Zinfandel

d'Art Wines
*2011 Tempranillo
*2011 Barbera
*2012 Zinfandel
*NV Dog Day Red

E2 Family Winery
*2014 Zagan's Fire Zinfandel
*2013 Zagan's Fire Cabernet
*2013 Zagan's Fire Moscato
*2012 Zagan's Fire Chardonnay

Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel

Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel

Estate Crush
*2013 Albariño
*2013 Rosé
*2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
*2012 Stellina Old Vine Zinfandel

Fields Family Wines
2013 Lodi Native Old Vine Zinfandel, Clements Hills
2012 Sherman Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel
2013 Fields Family Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Harney Lane Winery
*2013 Albariño
*2014 Rosé
*2012 Zinfandel
*2012 Tempranillo

Heritage Oak Winery
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Zinfidelity
2012 Vino Tinto
2012 Zinhead

Ironstone Vineyards
*2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
*2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
*2012 Reserve Rous Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Jeremy Wine Co.
*2014 Albariño
*2013 Zinfandel

Happy ZinFester

Happy ZinFester

Jessie's Grove Winery
*2013 Muscat Blanc
*2013 "Earth, Zin & Fire" Zinfandel
*2013 Chardonnay
*2012 Westwind Old Vine Zinfandel

Klinker Brick Winery
*2013 Farrah Syrah
*2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
*2014 Albariño
*2012 1850° Red Wine

LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
*2012 Caricature Chardonnay
*2012 Caricature Zinfandel
*2014 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué Clone
*2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lodi Vintners
*2012 Concrete Zinfandel
*2013 Rippey Petite Sirah
*2013 Rippey Zinfandel
2012 Concrete Reserve Zinfandel

m2 Wines
*2013 "Emtwopointone" Zinfandel
*2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, Soucie Vineyard
*2012 Tempranillo

Macchia Wines
*2013 "Delicious" Barbera
*2013 "Mischievous" Zinfandel
*2013 "Amorous" Sangiovese
*2013 "Devious" Primitivo

Maley Brothers
*2013 Zinfandel
*2012 Chardonnay

ZinFest: Wine Food & Fun at Lodi Lake

ZinFest: Wine Food & Fun at Lodi Lake

McCay Cellars
*2012 Paisley Red Blend
*2014 Rosé (also available by-the-glass!)
*2012 Lot 13 Vineyard Zinfandel
*2012 ZinFest Commemorative Zinfandel
*2014 Viognier

McConnell Estates Winery
*6 Gen Zin
*2008 Petite Syrah
*2012 Zinfandel

Mettler Family Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 "Epicenter" Old Vine Zinfandel
2014 Muscat Canelli

Michael David Winery
*2012 7 Deadly Zins (also available by-the-glass!)
*2014 Chardonnay
*2012 "Freakshow" Cabernet Sauvignon
*2013 Earthquake Zinfandel
2012 Earthquake Petite Sirah
2013 Inkblot Cabernet Franc
2012 "Lust" Zinfandel
2014 Symphony

Oak Farm Vineyards
*2013 Barbera
*2014 Verdelho
*NV Tievoli Red Blend (Zinfandel/Petite Sirah – also available by-the-glass!)
*2012 Zinfandel

Oak Ridge Winery
*2013 OZV Old Vine Zinfandel (also available by-the-glass!)
*2012 "Moss Roxx" Ancient Vine Zinfandel
*N/V Old Soul Old Vine Zinfandel
*2013 Into Zin Zinfandel

Peirano’s Lance Randolph’s famous red shorts

Peirano’s Lance Randolph’s famous red shorts

One Way Winery
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Pinot Grigio
2013 Rosé

Peirano Estate Vineyards
2012 "The Immortal Zin"
2012 Tempranillo
2012 Malbec
2012 Viognier

Peltier Winery
2011 Hybrid Vermentino (also available by-the-glass!)
*2012 Hybrid Sauvignon Blanc
*N/V USB Dessert Wine
*2009 Petite Sirah
*2010 Zinfandel

Robert Lauchland Vineyards
*2011 "Crazy Legs" Old Vine Zinfandel
* 2013 "Hat Trick" Pinot Grigio
*2012 "Fielder's Choice" Red Blend
*2012 "Jubilee" Cabernet Sauvignon

Scotto Family Wines
2012 Malbec
2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Chardonnay

St. Amant Winery
2014 Barbera Rosé
2013 Barbera
2013 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel
2013 Marian's Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
2013 Speakeasy Red
2013 Late Harvest Barbera

St. Sophia
*2007 Zinfandel
*2008 Zinfandel
*2012 Old Vine Zinfandel

St. Amant Marian's Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

St. Amant Marian's Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Stama Winery
*2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
*2012 Chardonnay
*2012 Zinfandel Rosé
*2013 "Zany" Zin

The Dancing Fox
20012 Red Zorro
2013 Zinfandel
2012 Muscat
2011 Cotes du Renard

Toasted Toad Cellars
*2013 Reserve Zinfandel
*2010 Viognier
*2012 Primitivo
*N/V "Toadilly" Luscious Wine

Turner Road Vintners
2013 Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

Upstream Wines by Watts Winery
2012 Upstream Zinfandel
2012 Upstream Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Upstream Malbec
2014 Rosado

Van Ruiten Family Winery
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
2011 Reserve "Sideways" Zinfandel
2014 Pinot Grigio
2012 Cab-Shiraz

Viaggio Estate & Winery
*2012 Estate Zinfandel
*2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
*2013 Chardonnay
*2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
2012 Barbera (also available by-the-glass!)

Vicarmont Vineyards & Winery
2014 Albariño
2012 Merlot
2014 Eclectic Pink Rosé
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel

Victor Vineyards
*2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
*2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
*2013 Lawson Ranch Chardonnay
*2013 Roadside Red Lodi Blend

>Ready for ZinFest!

Ready for ZinFest!



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