70 ZINFANDEL WINERIES IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON APRIL 23-24
Rough & Ready, California, spring 2003----Seventy Zinfandel wineries who belong to Zinfandel Advocates & Producers will pour their wines for the public and the wine trade in Washington D.C. On April 23 ZAP member wineries will pour their wines at the Gala Preview Night Party for the 21st Annual Smithsonian Craft Show; on April 24 the wineries will pour their wines for the public and members of the wine trade at the Marriott Metro Hotel. Profits from this event will support the ongoing research at the Heritage Vineyard, a collection of old-vine Zinfandels maintained by the University of California, Davis. A complete list of the participating wineries is below and at www.zinfandel.org. This same group of wineries will also be traveling to New York City (May 1) and Boston (April 29) for similar tastings (further detail at www.zinfandel.org).
On Thursday, April 24 the public is invited to attend a walkaround tasting featuring the wines of 70 different California Zinfandel producers, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Metro Hotel (775 12th Street NW). Tickets are $40.00/person for the public (by mail and $44.00 on line) and $30.00/person for ZAP members. Members of the wine trade (restaurateurs, sommeliers, retailers) are invited to a separate tasting in the afternoon (more info about this at www.zinfandel.org). Tickets are available from www.zinfandel.org or 530/274-4900. A limited number of tickets for the public only will be available at the door; attendees must be 21 years of age (or older); no babies in strollers are permitted.
On Wednesday, April 23, the Zinfandel producers will be pouring their wines at the Gala Preview Night Party for the 21st Annual Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum (401 F Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.) from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125.00/person and can be purchased from 202/357-4000 or www.smithsoniancraftshow.org. No tickets will be available at the door for this event.
These Zinfandel vintners will be pouring their wines on Amtrak's high-speed Acela Express trains out of Washington to Boston on April 25 and April 28. The Acela Express, capable of 150 mph, cuts at least 40 minutes off previous train travel time between these cities by using 'tilt technology,' which moves trains through curves. The specific trains are: Acela Express 2168: Friday April 25, Washington Union Station-Boston South Station, 2:00 p.m. - 8:34 p.m.; Acela Express 2168: Monday April 28, Washington Union Station-Boston South Station, 2:00-8:34 p.m.; Acela Express 2175: Wednesday April 30, Boston-New York City Penn Station, 5:15-8:42 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.amtrak.com or by calling 800/USA-RAIL. There is no additional charge for the wine tasting, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served as well.
Zinfandel has a unique spot in American cultural history as well as American viticulture. Zinfandel is the only wine grape varietal considered unique to the U.S. by the B.A.T.F. It once was the most widely planted varietal in California. Zinfandel is the most stylistically diverse wine made in the U.S. and possibly in the world. "Zinfandel has no historical stylistic context elsewhere in the world that restricts our winemakers' creativity. Few New World wine regions have had the opportunity to create a new great wine. With other varieties, we have constantly compared our efforts to European standards. Zinfandel gives us an unparalleled opportunity to create unique world-class wines," explains Dr. James Wolpert of the Viticulture & Enology Department at University of California, Davis.PARTICIPATING WINERIES
ZAP FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO
ZAP FOR THE CALENDAR
THE HERITAGE VINEYARD
MORE: Visit www.zinfandel.org to join ZAP, research Zinfandel and more! The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers is a non-profit, educational organization. ZAP is 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 January 2003 ZAP's membership includes over 315 winery-members and almost 7,000 advocate-members.
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