Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is hosting Zinfandel Experience South Florida, Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday March 15, at The Addison in Boca Raton, they will host an invitation-only luncheon featuring 12 producers who will share Zinfandels from throughout California, discuss the differences and similarities of their legacy vineyards and address the topic of why these vineyards need to be preserved.
Traditional small-block Zinfandel vineyards produce approximately three tons per acre while other varieties can yield 8 – 12. They also have high labor costs and extremely low margins, grapes from which are often sold to bulk producers who don't identify the grape's origin, mask the vineyards' artisan qualities and lower the crop value. USDA reported 2016 Zinfandel pricing as $604 per ton while Cabernet sells for $1,468. Farmers are challenged with preserving their low-yielding legacy vineyards or replanting with more profitable varieties. ZAP is working to increase awareness with the aim to preserve these special vineyards through informative educational events such as this lunch.
Seating is limited. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending.