The first annual Project Zin is this Saturday night at the Healdsburg Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and all the proceeds will benefit the Sonoma County Down Syndrome Support Group.

Vintners Clay and Carrie Mauritson are behind the event and they’re passionate about it because their oldest son Brady was diagnosed with Down Syndrome in Sept. of 2010 at the age of 2 ½.

“The diagnosis was emotionally devastating for our family,” Clay said. “At the time, it felt as if every parent’s worst fears had come true. Little did we know what an incredible blessing this diagnosis would be and how it would profoundly change our lives.”

The couple said the Sonoma County Down Syndrome Support Group (SCDSSG) was a remarkable support, especially during the first few months, and the event is a great way to give back to the organization.

The event is marrying a hot line-up of zins with decadent appetizers, and there also will be a silent auction. Bidders stand the chance to win rare wines and a Tahoe wine weekend, among other adventures.

Tickets, at $200 a pop, are still available at