January 23 – January 25, 2014: Take note of these dates and prepare yourself for some of the best Zins around. San Francisco is hosting the 23rd Annual Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) Wine Experience. Stretching over three days, four fantastic events put the spotlight on more than 200 wineries. Taste barrel samples and new releases, attend educational seminars and culinary demos and indulge in decadent food pairings and a lavish dinner. The big news this year is that the ZAP Experience is more intimate (fewer crowds) and you can purchase the wines you like.
Here’s the line-up of events:
Thursday, January 23, 2014: “Epicuria: Food & Zinfandel Pairings” brings together 30 Zins with amazing treats from top chefs at the Presidio Golden Gate Club. Get up close and personal with winemakers and producers as you pair their lush Zinfandels with delicious culinary bites.
Friday, January 24, 2014: “Flights! Forums of Flavor” guides you through Zinfandel flights during an in-depth seminar and tasting at the Four Seasons Hotel. For the Zin enthusiast, this is a unique opportunity to delve into the history and philosophy behind the wines. In collaboration with the Historic Vineyard Society, this intimate salon gives you the chance to learn about old Zinfandel vineyards.
Friday, January 24, 2014: “Evening with the Winemakers – Fabulous Forties, A Benefit with Taste” invites you to enjoy a fabulous forties-themed evening at the Four Seasons. Start with a reception featuring 18 top Zinfandels, then enjoy the extravagant dinner and live auction. Savor private selections of Zinfandels and the company of winery owners and producers. Proceeds benefit ZAP programming, education and the Heritage Vineyard Projects.
Saturday, January 25, 2014: “Zinfndel Experience Tasting Tracks.” Create your own itinerary that features barrel samples, new release and other specials. Meet winemakers from different regions in the most comprehensive collection of Zins in the world. For the first time, you’ll be able to buy your favorite Zins in the General Store.
Select among three distinct tracks (or participate in all three):
• Sensory Tasting: A fund and interactive foray into flavor: Sample your favorite Zins in this walk-around tasting featuring 80 different wineries.
• Reserve & Barrel Tasting: A tasting of the new and rare: Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to taste barrel samples, new vintages and special wines from 44 wineries – all with that exclusive “reserve” title.
• Terroir Tasting: Expand your regional expertise: Taste Zins from some of the most exciting regions in California including Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Paso Robles, the Sierra Foothills and more. Interact with sommeliers who will unlock the regional characteristics of the wines.
To learn more about the all new Zinfandel Experience and order tickets, click here.