Lodi is the self-proclaimed zinfandel capital of the world. And there will be plenty of zin at the 10th annual Zinfest, along with local spins on exotic varietals. The festival starts Friday at a sold-out event, and runs through Sunday, with each day dedicated to its own mini-fest.
On Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Lodi Lake Park will be the site for wine-tasting, food, entertainment, demonstrations and shopping. Fifty Lodi wineries will pour 250 wines. Food vendors and merchants will sell their artisan goods. Wineries and chefs will team up to put on cooking demonstrations, and local experts will dish out winemaking tips.
And on Sunday, more than 30 wineries and vineyards will open their doors for free self-guided tours. In addition to wine-tasting, some will offer food – cheese, oysters, barbecue, ice cream – live music, special discounts and games. Times vary by winery.
Tickets are $55 per person or $10 for a designated driver for the Saturday festival. They can be purchased by calling the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at (209) 365-0621. Find more information at wwww.zinfest.com.
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