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My new job in Napa starts January 20 and later that week, January 23-25, wouldn’t you know it? There’s the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’ (ZAP) All New Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco calling my name! Those that know me know I had my first Zinfandel moment in 2009 at Trentadue Winery and I love a good Zin. Unfortunately I can’t attend all of the events, but guess what? You can! Below is the schedule of events for both the Four Seasons Hotel and Presidio locations. Tickets are available at this link.

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Epicuria Food & Zinfandel Pairings
This kick-off event with winemakers and chefs includes dishes paired with 30 different Zinfandels. Can you say yummy?
LOCATION: Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129

Friday, January 24, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Flights! Forums of Flavors
ZAP has partnered with the Historic Vineyard Society to offer wines from exceptional old Zinfandel vineyards in this professional tasting seminar which focuses on highly-allocated, limited production Zinfandels.
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, January 24, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Evening with the Winemakers – Fabulous Forties, A Benefit with Taste
This forties-themed gala includes a reception with 18 top Zinfandel winemakers followed by a dinner created by Mark Richardson, Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. The wines at this dinner will not be poured at other Zinfandel Experience events. You will also have the opportunity to bid on wine, art, travel, and culinary experiences, with the proceeds benefitting ZAP programming, education, and Heritage Projects.
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Zinfandel Experience Tasting Tracks
You will be able to create your own Zinfandel tasting itinerary selected from three different tracks described below. Each track will offer you the opportunity to interact and taste with winemakers. There will be gourmet food trucks available between sessions and you will be able to purchase wines from the new ZAP General Store. A complimentary shuttle and parking will be provided. Sessions begin at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
LOCATION: All programs are held at The Presidio, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Sensory Tasting: A fun and interactive foray into flavor.
This walk-around track includes wine and food pairings from 80 Zin-makers.
LOCATION: Herbst at the Presidio, 385 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Reserve & Barrel Tasting: A tasting of the new and rare.
This walk-around track includes barrel samples, new vintages, and reserve wines from 44 of America’s top Zin-makers.
LOCATION: Film Center at the Presidio, 39 Mesa Street #107, San Francisco, CA 94129

Terroir Tasting: Expand your regional expertise.
This walk-around track includes Zinfandels from growing regions in California such as Napa, Lodi, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, and Paso Robles. You will learn the characteristics of each region’s wines and what sets their Zinfandels apart from the others.
LOCATION: Observation Post at the Presidio, 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129

I will be attending the tasting tracks on Saturday, January 25. Will I see you there?

Cheers!
Beth

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