The STATE of ZIN at 7pm on November 5 at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, on Monday, November 5th, at 7pm for The State of Zin. We’ll dig into Zinfandel and look at 15 Zin-based wines, mostly from Sonoma County – the spiritual home of Zinfandel – that represent some of the best of what is in the market (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). We’ll talk about Zin and Zin-blends, the terroirs and techniques used to make it, and the food we eat with it. The class will include bread and a selection of fine cheeses to accompany the tasting. We will be tasting Riedel Degustazione glasses.

The List:
SHANNON RIDGE High Valley Zinfandel, Lake County, 2017
TWISTED PASO Zinfandel. Paso Robles, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
TRIG POINT Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
SEGHESIO Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
QUIVIRA Zinfandel Dry Creek 2015
FROG’s LEAP Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Old Vines Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2015
SEGHESIO Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma, 2014
VENGE Scout’s Honor, Napa Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Ponzo Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Pagani Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Geyserville Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016

The State of Zinwill cost $60.00per person cash ($63.16 regular). The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, November 5th at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or

L’Alliance Françaiseis French Cultural Center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., it is on the Southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With over 40 years in the wine business and almost 35 years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.


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