Posted on May 13, 2010 by David Cohen

Home to over 80 boutique wineries garnering major awards at local and international wine competitions, Lodi Wine Country is the idyllic destination getaway centrally located between Sacramento an the greater Bay Area.

Lodi Wine Country will host the 6th Annual ZinFest Wine Festival – Wine, Food and Fun at Lodi Lake Park 1101 w. Turner Road, May 14 – 16, 2010. This weekend long celebration is the region’s most anticipated wine event of the year.

Friday, May 16th – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Lodi’s vintners and growers extend hometown hospitality in a festive celebration under the Wine Country stars. Indulge in freshly prepared, wine country cuisine paired with Lodi’s famous old vine Zinfandel. Complete the dining experience while sampling from the dessert bar hosted by the San Joaquin Delta College School of Culinary Arts. An annual sell-out, the Vintners’ Grill is a Lodi Wine Country tradition not to be missed. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $75 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10.

Saturday, May 15th – 12 noon – 6 p.m. Over 50 artisanal wineries showcase what makes Lodi California’s emerging fine wine region. Taste from an array of local food purveyors, immerse yourself in the ZinFest Wine & Cooking schools, or relax along the Mokelumne River to an eclectic mix of live music. Be among the first to experience the brand new ZinFest Piano Bar. Browse a diverse selection of merchandise from regional vendors and take home a bottle of ZinFest Commemorative Old Vine Zinfandel, custom blended by Michael-David Family of Wines, from the ZinFest Wine Shoppe. Tickets are $45 in advance, and include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, participation in seminars and entertainment.

Sunday, May 16th – Winery Tours & Open Houses. Embark on a self guided journey through the Lodi Appellation as participating wineries host special activities and tastings of their complete line of wines. Visit the tasting rooms that Lodi is home to and get a unique perspective of what’s going on behind the cellar door in Lodi Wine Country.

For more information on the 6th Annual ZinFest Wine Festival, please visit our website at www.zinfest.com