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Lodi Zinfest, Saturday May 20, Lodi, CA

zinfest_logo.jpgThere's more to the small town in the Sierra Foothills than the famous Creedence Clearwater Revival song might lend you to believe. Certainly you could find worse places to be (Oh Lord) stuck in (again) on Saturday, May 20th than Lodi, California. That's because from Noon until 8:00 PM the town will be hosting the 2nd annual Lodi Zinfest, celebrating the region's growing prominence as a producer of some of the state's finest Zinfandel. Thanks to the enterprising efforts of Italian and Russian immigrants during and after the Gold Rush, Lodi is home to some of the state's oldest grapevines, many of which are Zinfandel. From these vines, some truly exceptional wines are getting made, and this weekend celebration will be showcasing some of them. Over 40 wineries will be pouring their wines and 15 restaurants in the area will be offering food. For those who may tire quickly of big wines on a sunny day (taxing even for the best of us) there's also a crafts fair and live music, not to mention wine seminars and "educational displays," whatever those are.

If your family is looking for a little getaway for the weekend, or if you're a Zinfandel nut and feel like going to the source, then grab your Creedence CDs and head for the hills.

2nd Annual Lodi Wine Country Zinfest
Saturday, May 20th
12 Noon to 8:00 PM
Lodi Lake Park Turner Rd.
Lodi, CA 95242

Tickets are $20 in advance $25 on-site and can be purchased online. For more information on Lodi ZinFest visit www.zinfest.com or contact the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission at 209-367-4727.

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