York Wine Events

June 06, 2018


Big Apple Zinfandel Experience
powered by ZAP

Early Access: 5:30pm to 8pm
General Admission: 6pm to 8pm

The BIG APPLE ZINFANDEL EXPERIENCE features some of the finest wines at any of our annual events. WHY?


Presented by Citi

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

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. A once-a-year opportunity in NYC.


  1. Ridge Vineyards
  2. Leonard Wine Company
  3. Ravenswood Winery
  4. Redhaus Wines
  5. Rodney Strong Vineyards
  6. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
  7. Tin Barn Vineyards
  8. Cline Cellars
  9. Peachy Canyon Winery
  10. Angry Bunch Winery
  11. Artezin Wine
  12. Michael David Winery
  13. Pedroncelli Winery
  14. Opolo
  15. Oak Ridge Winery
  16. Seghesio Family Vineyards
  17. Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
  18. Quivira Wine
  19. Zin-Phomaniac
  20. Kunde Family Winery
  21. Kreck (Jeremy Kreck)
  22. Bella Grace Vineyards
  23. Edmeades/Murphy-Goode Winery


All guests will enjoy light fare including:

Additional light food sampling will be provided by  artisan food makers Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, Essentia Water and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream





At the Big Apple Zinfandel Experience, wine lovers will get to taste world-class wines at a world-class restaurant, NYY Steak.  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.


Tom Hinde, Angry Bunch Winery

Tom Hinde’s expansive career in California wine spans three decades and brings with it a breadth of industry and consumer knowledge along with a unique market perspective. Tom has served as President and Director of Winemaking at Yao Family Wines since 2009 and, in 2012, took on responsibilities as winemaker for Heritance Napa Valley Wines as well as overseeing winemaking at Au Contraire Cellar Wines – an exciting, recently established project in Healdsburg.

Randle Johnson, Artezin Wines

Ask Artezin 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.

Chris Leonard, Leonard Wine Company

In 2011 Chris Leonard planted roots in Napa Valley and began working full-time on highly skilled winemaking teams.  Although Chris continues to pursue mentorship under select Napa Valley colleagues, he left their employment in 2014 when Tom and Chris Leonard executed their own business plan and launched Leonard Wine Company to supply niche products to the wine industry; the elegant, vineyard designate luxury wine brands Muddy Arch Roussanne and Leonard Zinfandel.

Intuition must be part of the entrepreneurial spirit, however Chris attributes his beliefs in differentiated products and customer service to growing up in an ethical Midwestern business family. To receive the highest caliber ‘hands on’ training possible throughout his winemaking career, Chris strategically found mentorship under seasoned winemakers at the following world-class wineries; Joseph Phelps, Spottswoode, Claiborne & Churchill, Vidal, Ceretto, Cakebread, Rustridge, Anomaly, Zeitgeist, Keever, and Vellum.

Julie Pedroncelli, St. John

Julie Pedroncelli St. John is Vice President, Marketing and 3rd Generation Family Owner of Pedroncelli Winery. Julie is a Dry Creek girl, growing up in the family home next to the winery. She attended Dominican University and, upon graduating with a degree in English, she returned home to work at the winery, first in the tasting room and then in the office. Julie later took on additional marketing communications responsibilities. She began by writing Pedroncelli’s first newsletter, and developed materials promoting the line of wines for the trade.

Travel as the ‘Brand Ambassador’ takes Julie from the northwest through the northeast of the United States as well as Canada for much of the year. Julie is and has been involved with many wine industry groups including her current role as a board member with Wine Institute, Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County and the Geyserville Community Foundation. Married to Ed St. John since 1989, they reside in Healdsburg

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.

Charlie Tsegeletos, Cline Cellars

Charlie Tsegeletos was born to be a winemaker. There was always wine in his Greek/Italian household in northern California, and his great-grandfather made wine in Guerneville in the 1930s. Charlie graduated from UC Davis in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Science and Management/Plant Science, and honed his craft at Hacienda Wine Cellars, D’Agostini Winery, and Glen Ellen Winery.

Since joining Cline Cellars in 2002, he has created legendary Zinfandels, distinctive Rhône-style wines, and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay. He also makes the wines for Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Cashmere, and Farmhouse.  Charlie loves making wines that express the unique qualities of California fruit, and their specific sense of place. His mission is the creation of wines that surprise and delight the senses.

Nicholas Karavidas, Redhaus Wines

Nicholas Karavidas’ winemaking career spans 3-decades specializing in Old Vine Zinfandel.  His past accolades include designing and developing one of the largest and fastest growing Zinfandel brands in America as well as contracting one of the largest ever export Zinfandel brands from California into the European Union.

In 2014, Nicholas set out on his own to develop his private portfolio under his “Redhaus Wines” umbrella which includes “Ancient Craft  Hand-Crafted Zinfandel – The Art of Ancient”, “Mark Nicholas Artisanal Wines”, “Zapfino Zinfandel – It’s Zinfandel Time!” and his newest hand craft micro-release signature brand “Generosity – Karavidas Family”



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.