2009 “Zin-N-Out” Theme Pairs Winemaking Education, Zinfandel & Gourmet Burgers

(Sonoma County, CA, August 27)— On Saturday September 19th, Stryker Sonoma Winery is giving wine lovers the opportunity to participate in the winemaking process at its 7th Annual Zinternship harvest party. Guests receive hands-on winemaking experience as they work side-by-side with winery proprietor Craig MacDonald, winemaker Tim Hardin and assistant winemaker Jenn Berman. Hand sorting grapes and barrel stomping are all part of the action. And the 2009 “Zin-N-Out” theme serves up the perfect harvest combination: Zinfandel, gourmet sliders, and working the crush.

“This is my favorite event of the year,” said winemaker Tim Hardin, “We love sharing our passion for the winemaking process while interacting directly with our wine club members and guests. We crank up the music on the crush pad, work up an appetite getting educated and stained purple, then eat a hearty meal and sip great Zinfandel. That’s crush.”

Located in the heart of the Alexander Valley appellation of Sonoma County, Stryker Sonoma Winery’s prized two-acre block of old vine Zinfandel, planted in the early 1920s, remains a focal point of the estate. The winery also specializes in Bordeaux varietals.

To reserve a Zintership, please call 800-433-1944 or email Stryker Sonoma at strykersonoma before September 4th. The event will be held from 11am to 4pm on September 19th, and is offered to members of the Stryker Sonoma Wine Club for $15.00 and the general public for $30.00. For more information, visit StrykerSonoma.com.

About Stryker Sonoma

Stryker Sonoma is a small jewel of an estate in the Alexander Valley, acclaimed for its deep, complex Cabernet and single-vineyard Zinfandel wines. Stryker Sonoma won a record-breaking eleven gold medals and ten silver medals at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The estate is sustainably farmed, and the beautifully designed facilities take cues from the natural environment. Architects Richard Schuh and Amy Nielsen created a winery that captures the romance of winemaking. The natural curvature of the terrain was left intact and the buildings and site layout were designed to reflect the geometry of the vineyard rows. Please visit www.styrkersonoma.com for more information.

Monica Turner
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