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MORIKAMI ADDS 'ZAP' TO 101 ZINFANDELS 2003
Delray Beach, Fla. - June 27, 2003 - A weekend-long celebration of wines made from America's "heritage grape" will culminate with the second annual 101 Zinfandels at The Morikami, which will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2003 at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The first 101 Zinfandels at The Morikami, held Oct. 27, 2002, was named the area's "best wine tasting event" in the July/August 2003 issue of Boca Raton Magazine, beating out other more established events to become a premier South Florida attraction.
The weekend of Nov. 15-17 is being organized by The Morikami and the South Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and includes the participation of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers of California (ZAP). The "101 Zinfandels" headliner event will feature an impressive collection of Zinfandel wines from more than 50 wineries and gourmet food from 30 of Florida's best restaurants. Organizers expect more than 1,000 attendees - a more than 100 percent increase from the inaugural event. A new event website has also been established at www.101zinfandels.com
Ticket prices for the Nov. 16 event at The Morikami are $50 for AIWF, Morikami and ZAP members before Nov. 9; $60 for non-member advance sales; and $75 for members and non-members at the door. To reserve tickets, call 561-495-0233, ext. 410; for additional ticket information, check the www.101zinfandels.com website for updates. Proceeds benefit The Morikami Museum and the AIWF South Florida Scholarship Fund. A silent auction will also be held to benefit The Morikami.
"101 Zinfandels" is an opportunity for wine lovers to sample and purchase wines at discounted prices from Crown Wine & Spirits, South Florida's largest retailer. Attendees can place orders and purchase any of the wines poured at an "event-only" price, offering a unique gift-buying opportunity for the holidays.
Several other events occurring during the weekend include -
¢ Tastings and reduced prices on Zinfandels at retailers throughout Palm Beach, Broward and North Dade counties. Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
¢ A Winemaker Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Delray Beach Marriott (10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL), featuring Executive Chef Ryan Swarthout of Paso Robles, CA, and a live auction.
¢ Trade events in Boca Raton (Monday, November 17) and Miami (Tuesday, Nov. 18).
Founded in 1981 by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff and others, The American Institute of Wine & Food is a non-profit educational organization devoted to improving the appreciation, understanding, and accessibility of food and drink. Visit www.aiwf.org/southflorida for more information.
Located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, between Linton Boulevard and Clint Moore Road off Jog Road in Delray Beach, The Morikami encompasses a 200-acre park of renowned Japanese gardens and The Museum, all dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan. For more information on The Morikami, its exhibitions and programs, call 561-495-0233 or visit www.morikami.org. For group tour information, call 561-495-0233, ext. 210.
The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history. Winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts combine to form the membership. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America's heritage wine. As of spring 2003 ZAP's membership includes over 315 winery-members and almost 7,000 advocate-members. Visit www.zinfandel.org to join ZAP, research Zinfandel and more.
Zinfandel is often referred to as 'America's heritage grape' because it was widely planted in northern California during the Gold Rush and is prominent in histories of that time, as a heavy-producing grape type whose wine satisfied many a miner's thirst.
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