Nonstop sunshine is expected as the 22nd annual Zinfandel Festival unfolds in San Francisco on January 31, 2013. If a getaway to the Bay Area is on your list, it's the mid-winter event you won't want to miss. Tickets are essential as events sell out quickly.
Explore the depth and breadth of Zinfandel at this internationally recognized informal wine walk-about, being held at the Concourse pavilion this year, at 8th and Brannan Streets just a few blocks from the mid-town Union Square shopping district. Taste premier Zinfandels, barrel samples and new releases as you enjoy mingling with winemakers who are thrilled to showcase their artistic dedication and commitment to their craft. Activities will range from Food and Zin Pairings, seminar style tastings, to a festive winemakers dinner and a Grand Cru tasting.
Here's a preview of the events to whet your appetite.
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The esteemed Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill is the luxury host for some very special events this year.
February 1 Flights
February 1 Winemakers Dinner
See the video for tips on wine tasting with the help of a sommelier.
It's often difficult to find an affordable small hotel in the wildly popular destination city of San Francisco. What to do? The Vintage Court is a mid-town hotel near Union Square that offers all the pleasures of a wine country getaway without leaving the City. While you're there, make reservations at the famed Masa's restaurant for a Michelin 3-star gourmet dinner. Bon appetit!
Northern California's heady wine culture permeates the milieu of San Francisco's Executive Hotel Vintage Court, from the décor and amenities to the menu at the on-site restaurant. Complimentary wine tastings, uncorked daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., entertain palates with reds and whites from the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, enhanced by the lobby's fireplace-supplied warmth and original artwork. The concierge stands ready with winery guides, tasting coupons, and fun facts about winetasting.
Upstairs, each Executive queen-bed Room bears the name of a famed California winery and features a color scheme of greens, creams, and caramels. A box of chocolate truffles and a bottle of red Rutherford wine from Napa Valley await newcomers, who can stretch out a cushy queen-size bed. Enjoy fluffy bathrobes, wireless access and even in-room laptop safes for your tech toys.
At Masa's Restaurant, haute French cuisine and a wine list boasting 800 varietals have helped earn the eatery a slew of awards and well-heeled clientele. The locally sourced ingredients are concocted into delightful prix fixe menus that artfully accompany Master Sommelier Alan Murray's premier wine selections.