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Vintner's Lunch
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10:30 AM Check-in
11:00 AM Board Train
11:30 AM Train Departs
2:30 PM Train Returns

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ZD Wines

Learn more about ZD Wines green practices, the winemakers who craft their delicious wines, and the wines you will be tasting on board this Vintner's Lunch.

 

ZD Wines Vintner's Lunch

Friday, August 15th

Spend a Friday afternoon immersing yourself in a complete Napa experience during the Wine Train’s Vintner’s Lunch featuring ZD Wines. Drink exquisite wines, dine on a menu artfully paired to the afternoon's vino and chat with Napa Valley Wine Train’s Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald, ZD Wines President Brett deLeuze and Winemaker Chris Pisani, while you gaze upon Napa’s Vineyards from your elevated booth in the Wine Train’s 1952 Vista Dome Car. The menu for your afternoon has been specially crafted for this event, and will not be seen again.

Menu to be announced.

Due to the extreme popularity of Vintner's Lunches this event is seated with others. Parties of two may be seated with other parties of two.

Vintner’s Lunch Includes: Multiple course gourmet meal, 3 glasses of pre-selected wine, and a ride in the Vista Dome Car.

The Napa Valley Wine Train's Vista Dome Car and Chef Kelly Macdonald

About ZD Wines

ZD FamilyProducing world-class wines was the vision of two former aerospace engineers who in pursuit of their dream launched ZD Wines in 1969. The plan was to produce wines similar to those of France’s renowned Burgundy region, namely Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1968, Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi pooled their resources of $3,000 apiece and applied for a winery permit.

ZD’s hands on approach to both grape growing and winemaking results in lush, structured wines reflective of the care with which they were crafted. A distinctive style developed over 45 years has generated both national and international acclaim. ZD wines have graced the tables of U.S. Presidents and three times won the coveted Decanter Award in London. ZD has also been featured as Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Winery of the Year. Today ZD produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with unique, limited production red and white wines changing each year under the Rosa Lee label and offered only through the winery.

About Brett deLeuze

ZD Wines President Brett deLeuze is a lifetime veteran of the wine business. He was the ripe old age of four when ZD Wines was founded in 1969. He grew up immersed in the excitement surrounding the start of a new family winery. His passion and dedication to making world class wine has helped elevate ZD Wines as one of Napa Valley’s iconic wineries.

Before joining the family business on a full time basis, Brett attended California State University, Sacramento graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1988. Following graduation, along with a fellow college graduate he spent a month in Europe visiting winery’s in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France as well as Germany and Switzerland gaining a greater understanding of the world of wine.

Upon his return, he teamed up with his mother, Rosa Lee, further developing the marketing and sales of the winery. They worked together as an effective duo, growing ZD’s presence as one of Napa Valley’s top producers of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

About Chris Pisani

Growing up in a big Italian family, ZD Winemaker Chris Pisani learned to appreciate the very aspects that make Napa Valley so memorable: great people, history, wine and food. During his formative years, Chris studied chemistry in college while experimenting with winemaking at home. He quickly was hooked, and was destined to move to the Napa Valley wine country with his wife, Ina.

Chris followed the path of many renowned Napa Valley winemakers and attended UC Davis to study viticulture and enology. Chris fell headfirst into the world of winemaking and started down the path that would lead him to ZD Wines in 1996. As winemaker, Chris is responsible for producing ZD’s world class wines alongside third generation assistant winemaker Brandon deLeuze. Together, they strive to make the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet in Napa Valley, focusing on quality, consistency and style.