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For going on 25 years, the annual Zin-Din at Grey Moss Inn has been a January highlight — for those who weren’t skiing in Aspen or on a beach in the Caribbean, that is. The Order of Original Zin, composed of Grey Moss owner Lou Baeten, former Express-News wine critic Bill Stephens, and me, has habitually donned monkish robes, intoned foolish chants, and brandished bells and candles at a dinner that pairs 15 or 16 zinfandels, selected at a December tasting of 50 or so wines, with foods specially created for the occasion.  

This year’s incarnation/incantation features the Brown ’07 Napa Valley, Joel Gott ’07, Earthquake ’06, Orfila Gold Rush ’05 and two from Contra Costa County, the Rosenblum ’07, and the Trinitas ’06. Food pairings run the gamut from rock-shrimp spring rolls and chicken-fried steak strips with red-eye gravy to chorizo-stuffed quail on Gouda polenta, andouille-accented braised mussels in herbed white wine, and fire-roasted New York strip with roasted roma tomatoes. Responsive chanting is part of the shtick, so come prepared to indulge both your epicurean and sophomoric sides. 

The cost of the dinner, which takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21, is $90 apiece, plus tax and gratuity. Designated-driver reservations (that means no wine) are available for $58. For reservations and information, call (210) 695-8301.

— Ron Bechtol

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