Big Apple Zinfandel Experience
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Wednesday June 6, 2018

Early Access: 5:30pm to 8pm
General Admission: 6pm to 8pm
NYY Steak
7 W. 51st Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY

features some of the finest wines at any of our annual events. WHY?

  • California wineries produce some of the best wines in the world. Sample the “best of the best” Zinfandels at this NYC annual event.
  • Zinfandel Experience brings together 15+ major California wine brands and their winemakers in one place.
  • Ridge, Kreck, Leonard Wine Company, Ravenswood and more to be announced are sampling wines.
  • These are big time wineries that made California famous. Guests will engage in personal conversations with some of California’s most famous winemakers while sampling Zinfandel blends, single vineyards and old vine Zinfandels.
  • This year Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood and “The Godfather of Zin” will be pouring his wines at the event.
  • Scores of Zinfandels will be poured. Do not miss this event. It happens once a year.
  • Tickets are on sale now. $49 for EARLY BIRD General Admission. $69 for Early Access.

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NOTE: When you think of California wine country, you may think of Mendocino for sparkling wine, Napa for Cabernet or Paso Robles for Rhone-style wine. But, think again!!! Our renowned panel of Zinfandel specialists will show you that these regions have been known for Zinfandel from the very beginning of California winemaking and produce some of the most terroir-driven, nuanced and balanced wines California wine country has to offer.

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring display of award-winning wineries from the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Central Coast, Lodi, Central Valley, Mendocino and Lake, Sierra Foothills and Southern California. This is a once-a-year opportunity in NYC.

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  1. Ridge
  2. Kreck
  3. Leonard Wine Company
  4. Ravenswood
  5. Redhaus Wines
  6. Rodney Strong Vineyards
  7. St. Francis Winery
  8. Tin Barn Vineyard
  9. Tres Sabores
  10. Peachy Canyon
  11. Angry Bunch Winery
  12. Artezin Wines
  13. Michael-David
  14. Pedroncelli Winery
  15. Opolo
  16. Oak Ridge Winery
  17. Seghesio Family Vineyards
  18. Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
  19. Quivira Vineyards


All guests will enjoy light fare including:

  • Ravioli Classico: Pomodoro sauce, fresh basil, parmesan
  • Artisan baguettes from Pain D’Avignon bakery

Additional light food sampling will be provided by Salsa di Parma and Ends Meat.

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At the Big Apple Zinfandel Experience, wine lovers will get to taste world class wines at a world class restaurant, NYY Steak. From the finest 21-day USDA Prime steaks to five-star seafood, spectacular house specials to sumptuous desserts, NYY Steak is to fine dining what the Yankees are to baseball – the best. An extraordinary experience whether you’re at Yankee Stadium, in midtown Manhattan, or South Florida, NYY Steak brings signature touches from the world champion Yankees to its world class restaurants.

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Randle Johnson, Artezin Wines

Ask Artezine Wines’ winemaker Randle Johnson, “Why Zinfandel?” and he will tell you, “Because this stuff is awesomely cool.”

A native Californian, Randle Johnson attended the University of California, Davis with the intent of becoming an M.D. but destiny changed his plans. Randle discovered a passion for winemaking and graduated with a M.S. in Viticulture. He honed his art and skill at The Hess Collection, producing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon for 20 years and earning his unofficial title, “The Wine Doctor.”

Jeremy Kreck, Kreck

Jeremy began his career in the cellar and vineyards at Mill Creek Vineyards. Jeremy worked under Hank Skewis, Mill Creek’s former winemaker, for 4 vintages and also continued his education with wine production courses at UC Davis.

Jeremy’s objective in winemaking is to essentially stay out of the way of the vineyard and the expression of the fruit. “My goal is to have the winemaking process and components compliment and enhance the fruit.” He maintains a hands-on approach that includes weekly vineyard inspections, and he smells and tastes each barrel of wine every six to eight weeks.

Ed St. John, J. Pedroncelli Winery

Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family’s dedication to making fine wines.

Robert Parker called the Pedroncellis’ “one of the old, iconic Italian families of Sonoma” that “survived Prohibition and consumers are all the better for it.” Parker also proclaimed that “dollar-for-dollar, the Pedroncelli wines consistently offer both character and quality for their prices, something consumers should never forget.”

Joel Peterson, Ravenswood

Robert Parker has called Joel Peterson’s wines “first class – bold, dramatic and complex.”

Peterson works with 100+ northern California growers who provide grapes for Ravenswood, consulting on irrigation methods, cultivation practices, cropping levels and a slew of other vineyard management issues. This attention in the field, coupled with the fact that Ravenswood is one of the few wineries that has had the philosophical and winemaking skill of one winemaker for over 30 years, contributes to a consistency of quality and style rarely found in California.

Katie Madigan, St. Francis Winery

As a St. Francis Winemaker, Katie continues St. Francis’ long tradition of creating high quality wines from Sonoma County grapes. She oversees production of our top selling Zinfandels, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

In 2015 Katie was named Best Woman Winemaker by the International Women’s Wine Competition. Additionally, Katie was named Producer of the Year by the California Zinfandel Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores

Julie Johnson is the winemaker at Tres Sabores, founded in 1999 and located in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley.

Along with her first husband, John Williams, and partner, Larry Turley, she founded Frog’s Leap Winery in 1981. In 1990, in partnership with Michaela Rodeno, past CEO at St. Supery Winery, she founded Women for WineSense, an ongoing national organization whose vision is to support the appreciation for and responsible consumption of wine.



Zinafandel Advocates & Producers, or ZAP, comprises hundreds of producer members and thousands of advocates, and Zinfandel is now recognized and respected internationally as a world-class red wine that tells an inspiring American story. Its historic association with the Wild West, the Gold Rush, and rugged individualists taming unexplored territory, reminds us of a nation coming of age despite the odds.

Just as Zinfandel differentiates itself with approachable yet unmistakable flavors that provide a discerning sensation for the palate, ZAP and its members create a dynamic community in pursuit of a bright and distinctive future for America’s heritage wine.

New York Wine Events hosts elegant wine tasting events at first class venues in New York City and Northern New Jersey. The company’s goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many diverse wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers.

Its annual events include the NYC Winter Wine Festival at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square, the NYC Spring and Autumn Wine Festivals at NYY Steak in Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, the North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, and the New Jersey Harvest, Winter, and Spring Festivals.

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