Last year I was supposed to attend Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’ (ZAP) Zinfandel Experience, but I was in a middle of a big, cross-country move and settling into a new life and career. In fact, on January 11, 2015, I celebrate my one-way trip to Napa, California, where I continue to live today. Life is a little more normal now, so I hope to attend this year’s grand finale tasting. I’ve been a big fan of Zinfandel for a while, since my Zinfandel moment at Trentadue Winery in 2009, having reviewed examples from 3 Steves, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Chateau Montelena, Frank Family, and Renwood.
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, but in fewer that three weeks, it will ZAP’s Zinfandel Experience time again. The 24th anniversary of this event is shaping up to be one of the Bay Area’s best events of the year. Below is a schedule of the three-day event, January 29-31, 2015.
Epicuria Food & Zin Pairings
Thursday January 29 6:00-8:00 PM
Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco
Epicuria Food & Zin Pairings is dubbed an informal dine-around, with plentiful food and Zinfandel samples. Mingle and chat with chefs and winemakers.
Flights! Forums of Flavor
Friday January 30
10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
ZAP has partnered with the Historic Vineyard Society to present Flights!, a professional tasting seminar, with a focus on limited-production and old vine Zinfandels.
Winemakers Reception, Dinner & Auction
Friday January 30 5:30-7:30 PM
Winemakers Reception 7:30-10:00 PM
Winemakers Dinner Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
This Friday evening event is a Mad Men inspired reception, dinner, and auction. Offerings include locally-farmed and produced cuisine and reserve Zinfandels. Auction items include rare Zinfandels, small lot Zinfandels, and intimate winery experiences. Proceeds will benefit ZAP’s educational programs and projects.
Saturday January 31
11:00 AM-5:00 PM
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Reserve and Barrel Tasting (VIPs and All-Day ticket holders)
Golden Gate Club & Film Centre, Presidio of San Francisco
The Tasting is the walk-around grand finale and includes barrel, reserve, sneak peak, old vine, and single-vineyard Zinfandels from over 100 Zinfandel producers paired with cuisine from gourmet food trucks. It’s your opportunity to connect with the Zinfandel producers’ community.
Tickets are available at this link. If you’re a ZAP member, discounted tickets with special entry times are available. To join, click here. If you want the total Zinfandel Experience, check out the VIP Package.
2015 Zinfandel Experience. Reach out and grab it. ~ ZAP
Hope to see you there!