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CALIFORNIA WINE PRODUCERS TO HOST 'ZIN IN THE CITY'
Tom Cruise, Survivor & Zinfandel
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - April 15, 2003 /Send2Press/ -- One expects movie stars like
Tom Cruise and TV shows like Survivor to amass huge fan clubs, but the thought
of hoards of devoted and adoring fans gathered to express their fondness for a
red wine varietal is surprising. Nonetheless, thousands of regular folk eagerly
call themselves members of ZAP--Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. ZAP members
plan festivals, educational events and tastings featuring the robust red grape,
all in hopes of educating the public about the virtues of Zinfandel.
ZAP produces the West's largest wine tasting every January in San Francisco. On
Thursday, May 1, Zinfandel fans travel east to New York City with nearly 70
California wine producers to host "Zin in the City," an educational wine tasting
open to the public. Winemakers will pour more than 120 Zins and discuss their
wines and the mysteries of "America's Heritage Grape" with potential converts.
"Zinfandel has stirred the souls of its fans, a dressed-down group of
self-described anti-snobs, unpretentious in demeanor but relentless in their
determination to promote Zinfandel as America's grape," said Amy Shipley,
writing in the Washington Post. The event takes place at the 200 Fifth Club, 200
5th Avenue (in the Toy Building) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wine producers plan to
demonstrate the regional characteristics of Zinfandel and explain the wine's
association with the Wild West, the Gold Rush and rugged individualists.
Tickets are $40 each or $30 for ZAP members and include wine tasting, a ZAP wine
glass and Zin-friendly appetizers. ZAP membership is open to everyone and costs
$30 per year for two people. More information can be found at the organization's
website, zinfandel.org, or by calling 530 274-4900. Similar events are scheduled
for Washington D.C. on April 24 and Boston on April 29.
For more information and a list of participating wine producers, http://zinfandel.org/whats_happening
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Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
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