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ZAP and Lodi winegrowers' team together to introduce Lodi Native Project

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The Lodi Zinfandel Experience is set to take place on March 29-30 in Lodi. The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) and the Lodi Winegrape Commission will partner to showcase single vineyard Zinfandels and Lodi vintners’ contemporary winemaking style with this varietal wine. The experience will begin on Saturday and includes an educational seminar featuring the Lodi Native Group, escorted vineyard tours and wine tastings at the iconic Zinfandel sites of Soucie, Noma, and Marian’s Vineyards, and a winemaker reception and BBQ-themed dinner at Macchia Wines, catered by French 25 of Stockton. On Sunday, event attendees are invited to explore seven Lodi wineries – each a member of ZAP – for exclusive opportunities to take part in barrel and vertical tastings of select Lodi Zinfandels.

ZAP’s collaboration with the Lodi Winegrape Commission on The Lodi Zinfandel Experience is part of its ongoing commitment to education and support of regional Zinfandel programs. “We are delighted to be working with the growers and wineries of Lodi,” said Rebecca Robinson, ZAP executive director. “Lodi is an important growing region and we support the unique style of winemaking that is being championed by the Lodi Native Group. This grassroots effort is aligned with ZAP’s mission to further recognize Zinfandel’s importance and contribution to California winemaking,” she added.

Presented publicly for the first time, Lodi Native is a collaborative project by like-minded Lodi winemakers Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Stuart Spencer (St. Am ant Winery), Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), Michael McCay (McCay Cellars), Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines), and Chad Joseph (winemaker for Maley Brothers and other Lodi wineries). The mission of the Lodi Native Group is simple: to turn the spotlight on the region’s heritage Zinfandel plantings – many of them dating back to the late 1800’s – through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus of the project is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of the vineyards rather than varietal character or brand. To learn more about the Lodi Native project, visit www.LodiNative.com.

“We are excited about showcasing Lodi’s heritage and history with Zinfandel by welcoming guests to our region. Participants of The Lodi Zinfandel Experience will have the opportunity to meet some of our amazing winemakers, visit some of our fantastic vineyards and, of course, taste our world-class wines,” stated Camron King, executive director, Lodi Winegrape Commission.

All-inclusive tickets for The Lodi Zinfandel Experience which include the Lodi Native Seminar, escorted vineyard tours, and barbecue dinner are $85 for members of ZAP and $95 for the public. Tickets to the barbecue dinner only are $50. All tickets can be purchased at www.Zinfandel.org.

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