5 Zinful Inspired Ideas for the Summer

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1. Know Your Zin History
Know your grape history! Zinfandel's history in the United States dates back to the mid-19th century, or even earlier, as there is mention of it as 'Zenfendel' and 'Zinfindal' among East Coast growers in the 1830s. Along with the California Gold Rush of the 1850s it moved out West where it was planted in both Napa and Sonoma. Read More . . .

2. Zin-tastic Sonoma Wineries Tasting Itinerary
If you're a Zin lover, this is the itinerary for you! Prepare yourself for a full day packed with Zin tastings, at four different Sonoma wineries, one of which is located in the notable Zinfandel growing appellation, Dry Creek Valley. See the Itinerary.

3. Get Outside and Barbecue!
Summer Grilling Wine Guide - Pairings for Zin -  The long, warm days of summer are reason enough to fire up the grill - or barbecue - and enjoy some of the tastiest food on the planet with family and friends. . . Grilled sausages pair well with Zinfandels that combine generous fruit and spice - candidates to consider include Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel and Kenwood Sonoma County Zinfandel. Read More . . .
4. Join the Zin Mania!
Featuring over 200 wineries in one location, The Family Winemakers of California Tasting (August 17, 2013) is the place to be in San Francisco. We are sure you'll find several Zinfandel producers in the mix to drink to your hearts content at this annual event. Be sure to get your tickets in advance. Only a portion of the event is open to the public (3 pm - 6 pm) and tickets tend to sell out early. Tickets.

Visiting Sonoma or local to the area? Sample extraordinary wines from 21 highly-acclaimed Zinfandel producers at the Third Annual Project Zin event on Saturday, August 17th hosted at Hotel Healdsburg. Taste some of the most sought after Zinfandels with decadent bites paired from Chef Palmer (Dry Creek Kitchen) and other local Sonoma County Chefs. Learn More

5. Zinfandel Trivia & Quizzes
Test your knowledge of Zinfandel or just have a little fun. Take some of the quizzes we've sourced around the Internet and see just how zin wine smart you are!

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