Upcoming Events at Heritage Oak Winery
April and May 2016
Dear Friends,

I've made it two-thirds of the way through April without frost, hail or other adverse conditions screwing things up. If I can just get through May, the weather will settle down to "predictable".  That's all I ask.

In the meantime, to keep me from worrying about what I can't control, we've got a few things going on.  Hope you can come out and enjoy a few moments with us.  See below for details.

Tom Hoffman
Heritage Oak Winery
(209) 986-2763
5th Annual Bucks-for-Books Concert
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 12 to 4 PM

Come out this coming weekend and join us for our annual concert benefiting the Lodi Grape Festival's Bucks-for-Books Scholarship Program. The event will feature four bands, each performing separately and then all on stage together for the final set.

The music will run from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Your $20 cover charge and raffle ticket purchases all goes toward the scholarship program. Bring a picnic and enjoy the afternoon. Appetizer table will be provided by the Grape Festival's Board of Directors.

Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle, but no outside alcohol please. Calm pets and well mannered children are always welcomed.
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Mother's Day Picnic and Concert 
with Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks

Sunday, May 8, 2016 Noon-5 PM

At 1 PM we will have music by Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks performing favorite songs from the '60's and 70's. Guests are invited to bring their own food and enjoy the afternoon in our covered area behind the winery.

As an option to bringing your own meal, treat the mothers in your life to something special with a box lunch picnic from The Corner Scone Bakery in Lodi. Use the attached order form to order your lunches by May 4 and they will be here waiting for you when you arrive. The meals are $10 apiece and include your choice of sandwich or wrap, choice of salad and choice of dessert. Wine is sold separately.

This is a free event. Reservations are not required but seating may be limited, so late arrivals may want to bring their own chairs. Of course, children and well behaved pets are always welcomed.

The tasting room will open at 11 AM and the pre-ordered lunches will be ready by noon. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle. No outside alcohol please.
Spring Concert with Big Booty Bob

Sunday May 15, 2016, 1- 4 PM

Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of great music at Heritage Oak. The tasting room opens at 11 AM. The performance by Big Booty Bob will start at 1:00 

This is a free event. Reservations are not required but seating may be limited, so late arrivals may want to bring their own chairs. Of course, children and well behaved pets are always welcomed. 
ZinFest is Around the Corner
May 14, 2016 from 
12 to 5 PM

Tickets are now on sale. Advanced sale price is $55, purchased on the day-of-event tickets are $65, but Heritage Oak club members can get them for $45, but you need to contact me no later than Friday May 6 with the number you need.

The event is located at Lodi Lake Park and runs from Noon to 5 PM. Over 40 local wineries will pour more than 200 wines. Reasonably priced food (under $10) from a dozen vendors will be available.  There will also be music all day long, plus there is the Wine School, the Cooking School and all kinds of merchants selling wine related stuff you can buy to clutter up your house with.  

For information straight from the horse, or if you want advanced sale tickets, go to  www.zinfest.com .  
Bird Walks
Sat, April 16 at 8:30 AM
Sat, May 21 at 8:30 AM
Sat, June 18 at 8:30 AM

Local birding expert, David Yee, leads our series of monthly birding tours based out of Heritage Oak. April through October, the tours will begin at 8:30 AM and end at approximately 12 noon. November through March they run from 9:30 to noon. 

All events start and end at the parking lot at Heritage Oak, and will include walks through portions of vineyards, along the Mokelumne River bank and across riparian woodland. The instructional walks are geared toward birding enthusiasts of all levels and interested children are welcomed. Dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost is $20 per person. Contact David at 209 329-5490 or email him at  birdmanyee@gmail.com

Jim's Corner

2012 Block 5 Zinfandel

HEY...Everybody... LISTEN UP! I've got some important news, especially for all you dedicated and loyal fans of the Heritage Oak Winery 2012 Block 5 Zinfandel. I just have to let you know that we are down to about 10 or maybe 12 cases of this great friend. And more importantly, there is none stashed and there is none aging in the back of the barrel room. I mean none, no mas, nada, ninguno -- no 2013, 2014 or 2015. This means that for a few years, at least, we are going to have to do without this wonderfully complex wine. You see Tom got an offer on the Block 5 Zinfandel grapes that he could not refuse (OOH!!! Shades of the Godfather!) and he sold it off for a couple of years in a row.

So, what's it all add up to? It means for at least the next couple of years we won't have this Zinfandel with its wonderfully deep dark color, dark, dark fruit aromas, all that leather on the tongue and that peppery spicy finish. A fabulous wine, and a perfect pairing for a pepper steak done on the grill. So, I am writing to tell you to stock up before venerable ole Block 5 is gone for a year or two.

But, not to fear. We still have all of Tom's other Zins available right now and aging gracefully in the barrel room for the near future. I had a discussion with a visitor today who asked me, "If you were going to just sit down and enjoy a Zinfandel what would you choose?" Definitely an interesting question. I suggested, and she sampled, the 2013 Block 14 Zinfandel and the 2013 Bartlam Zinfandel. Both met her criteria for a fine sipping Zinfandel and I happen to agree.

So come on by the tasting room and have a taste of all of Tom's fine Zinfandels. Enjoy the wines -- there is one for every moment. And grab a couple of extra bottles of the 2012 Block 5 Zinfandel before we say, "Adios mi  amigo viejo".
Vendors Needed for Art Fair

To be held Saturday, June 18th , from 11 to 5 PM

One final comment... I'm looking for a few more vendors for our Art Fair coming up this June on Father's Day weekend. Anyone who makes something creative is welcomed to participate. In the past we've had wood workers, bead workers, photographers, jewelers, quilt makers, soap makers and even a guitar maker. If you would like to show your creations or know of someone who would, please forward this message onto them.

Interested vendors should download the Art Fair Event Over View and Enrollment Form here.

Heritage Oak Winery
10112 E Woodbridge Road, Acampo CA 95220
(209) 986-2763