Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley To Debut 'ZinTopia' Tasting Event & Harvest Celebration Sept 19

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On September 19, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley will debut ZinTopia, a new consumer wine tasting event and harvest celebration. Held in the Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma County, ZinTopia is dedicated to the enjoyment and exploration of Zinfandel, the signature grape variety of Dry Creek Valley. Participants will be able to taste more than 50 wines, chat with winemakers, join educational programs, listen to live music, and browse a special artisan products market.

ZinTopia will give consumers an exclusive opportunity to taste over 50 Dry Creek Valley wines and interact with the owners and winemakers, all in one setting

Dry Creek Valley makes some of California's premier Zinfandels and is home to one of the world's greatest collections of century-old Zinfandel vines. The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley will showcase this signature variety at ZinTopia, their inaugural consumer wine tasting, educational event and harvest celebration slated for Saturday, September 19 at the Lake Sonoma Warm Springs Recreation Area in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. ZinTopia participants will have the opportunity to taste more than 50 wines from Dry Creek Valley wineries and meet dozens of winemakers and grape growers from the small, multi-generational wineries and vineyards of Dry Creek Valley.

In addition to a comprehensive tasting of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels, as well as Sauvignon Blancs and uncommon varieties, ZinTopia will offer an educational component called Zin-Smart. Zin-Smart will give guests an overview of Dry Creek Valley's terroir along with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of harvest that includes a lively demonstration grape stomp. Set under the sweeping arches of a traditional open-air festival tent surrounded by Dry Creek Valley's dramatic landscape, ZinTopia will tempt guests with a variety of distinctive culinary creations from Park Avenue Catering, Sonoma County's only green-certified caterer. Live blues music and a pastoral market featuring local artisan products such as olive oils, jams and honey, fresh produce, locally made sweets, hand-made soaps and crafts, and valley grown wild flowers round out the visitor experience.

"ZinTopia will give consumers an exclusive opportunity to taste over 50 Dry Creek Valley wines and interact with the owners and winemakers, all in one setting," said Cheryl Beeson, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. "All of the participating wineries are small, family-owned enterprises, so this is a unique chance for consumers to visit with them and taste these outstanding wines."

Dry Creek Valley wineries and winegrape growers continue to operate as boutique, multi-generational, family-owned establishments with small-to-medium productions. Land stewardship is an integral part of the winegrowers' multi-generational perspective. A combined effort to conserve Dry Creek Valley's natural resource creates an especially strong community of winegrape growers and wineries.

ZinTopia will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Lake Sonoma, Warm Springs Recreation Area, 3333 Skaggs Spring Road. It is located outside Healdsburg at the northern end of scenic Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. Tickets are $75 and are available at Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.

For additional information, contact the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley at 707-433-3031.

About Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley's history of grape growing and winemaking is among the longest in California, with its roots beginning more than 135 years ago. The precise blend of climate, soil and exposure that produces grapes of singular quality and character is the true allure of the region. Dry Creek Valley is approximately 16 miles long and 2 miles wide. It is framed on the western edge by rugged mountain ridges rimmed with redwoods and evergreens. The region has roughly 9,300 acres of vineyards, 150 growers, and more than 60 wineries producing a diverse selection of wines ranging from legendary Zinfandels to Bordeaux and Mediterranean varieties.

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