Every wine has a story, but aside from trekking all the way out to Napa, it can be tough to get a behind-the-scenes look at your vino while browsing in BevMo. To that end, ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) is hosting Zinfandel Stories: Springtime in Sacramento on March 31. Located in photographer co-op/event venue Beatnik Studios’ (723 S St.) huge warehouse space, Zinfandel Stories lets you sip over 60 zins and schmooze with winemakers from 25 California wineries. One heavy-hitter making an appearance at the tasting is Miro Cellars, whose blackberry-forward 2015 Old Vines zinfandel won a “50 Best” double gold medal. Another is Pedroncelli, who also netted a double gold with their 2016 “Mother Clone” zin, with its zesty berry flavors and smoky undertones. With their mostly sweet flavors, zinfandels go well with tart sauces like marinara. To provide the perfect pairing for their wines, Sacramento’s premier pizza caterers, Bella Familia, will be slinging wood-fired ’za from their unique oven-equipped food truck. The event runs from 2:30–5 p.m. Tickets for non-ZAP members run $45, but you can snag one for $30 if you use the coupon code “submerge19” when purchasing. Tickets include tasting and wine-talk, but pizzas are sold separately. For more info, check out ZAP’s page at Zinfandel.org.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 11 of issue #287 (March 13 – 27, 2019)**