Sicily Seduction
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Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 - Sunday, Oct 25, 2020
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020
Sicily, Italy

Dear Friends,

I’m super-excited to present to you our exclusive, customized adventure to Sicily! ZAP’s latest travel package will be auctioned during our 2020 Havana Nights Gala and Live Auction, held on January 31, 2020. Whether or not you will be joining us to bid that night, you can reserve your spot in advance at a guaranteed reserve price.

Why Sicily now? Believe it or not, Sicily is still relatively undiscovered. There’s an unparalleled combination of alluring gastronomic, cultural, scenic and, of course, wine delights to attract the most seasoned traveler. Its capital, Palermo was named Italy’s Capital of Culture in 2018. Did you know that Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and the largest region in Italy?  Described as a land of extremes and contrasts, Sicily is a magnificent confluence of all things Italian and so much more. 

Your week will be spent roaming the magical land staying at luxurious accommodations, unwinding from daily routines, and relishing a celebration of life’s pleasures—food and wine—shared with interesting, likeable and fun people. I love this quote about Sicily: “Sicily offers a hyper-locavore cuisine with Arab, Greek and Spanish influences. Sicily’s cuisine may be regional, but no one can call it provincial.” It’s like eating your way through history! The region is filled with fascinating archeology of ancient (Greek) civilization and amazing regional wines to captivate you. 

Joining you on this idyllic journey are your hosts Randle Johnson, Winemaker at Artezin and his wife, MaryLee Johnson. I had the distinct pleasure to travel with Randle and MaryLee on our trip to Croatia in 2017 and again on the Douro River in 2019. You are in the best of hands with this charming and engaging couple.

Sicily is a dreamy island that will welcome you with open arms when you take this journey for the senses. 


Rebecca Robinson
Executive Director

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This group will not exceed 16 lucky travelers, including your hosts, Randle and MaryLee Johnson. We are making a limited number of advance offerings available to secure your spot now, before the night of the Havana Nights gala auction at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco on January 31. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-reserved basis with deposit.


Your Chance to Win!

The final package will be awarded during the ZinEX Live Auction. 

Only 20 tickets are available at $1000 per ticket and may be purchased in advance. 


Call the ZAP office for details. 530-274-4900


Package Includes

  5 gourmet lunches

  5 decadent dinners

  10+ tastings or activities, including a Sicilian cooking class at a private home

  English-speaking guides and local deluxe (air conditioned) transportation

  Overnight accommodations for 7 nights with breakfast

  Traveling companions, ZAP hosts Randle and MaryLee Johnson

  Private transfers from Palermo airport and to the Catania airport (day of arrival and departure)

Exclusions, Options and Additional Details

  Airfare not included

  Any expenses not listed above

  Ability to extend travel through Food & Wine Trails

  Independent nights and room upgrades based on availability and priced separately

Reserve price for two: $15,000

Call Rebecca Robinson at 530.274.4900 or email for additional information. 

Beginning August 1, to secure your reservation, please download and return the form to Food & Wine Trails.

Restrictions and Limitations

Reserve pricing is guaranteed prior to the January 31, 2020 auction on a first-come, first-confirmed basis. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at time of initial reservation. Full payment is due by January 30, 2020. Travel insurance is strongly recommended, as this sale is final. Travel insurance may be purchased through Food & Wine Trails by calling 707.526.2922. Price of program is based on a minimum participation of 14 paying guests. ZAP reserves the right to change price of program or cancel and refund money with no liability by March 31, 2020 if minimum group size is not achieved. Additional restrictions and limitations may apply. See Food & Wine Trails registration form.

Randle & MaryLee Johnson

Randle brings extensive experience and knowledge to winemaking. A native Californian, Randle attended the University of California at Davis, graduating with an MS in Viticulture in 1974. Senior Winemaker for the Hess Collection for decades, Randle is their Zinfandel specialist for Artezin wines and has served on the ZAP Board for many years. He’s been described as dressing casually and speaking softly, part artist, part sage. The couple likes to say that “Randle makes the wine and MaryLee does everything else.” You’ll find that MaryLee effortlessly harnesses the ability to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere wherever she goes. Together, they are excited to lead you on this extraordinary journey!

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