It’s that time of year again where Zinfandel is celebrated in San Francisco at the 20th Anniversary of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival. There is a full slate of activities leading up to the Zinfandel Grand Tasting on Saturday January 29, 2011. If you like Zinfandel or are curious about why a whole festival would be devoted to this varietal, then you really should attend some of the events listed below.
Nadia G of Cooking Channel’s Bitchin’ Kitchen to Headline ZAP: Look for Nadia G to light up ZAP with her food expertise and witty humor. Good Eats and Zinfandel Pairing: Demo in the Zin Kitchen, where she’ll cook up a storm in cherry-red stilettos and share the perfect recipes for life’s important moments. During Evening with the Winemakers Nadia will join the fun on stage during the live auction. At the Grand Zinfandel Tasting Nadia will cut the ribbon and blog live.
Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing, Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. 50 Wineries and 50 Restaurants Craft Perfect Pairings: celebrated chefs will demonstrate why Zinfandel is a far more food-versatile wine than you may think. Learn what makes Zinfandel so adaptable and explore its regional characteristics as you talk with the winemakers in a friendly, festive and relaxing atmosphere. This is an unsurpassed selection of food and wine to quench your appetite and feed your soul.
Flights! Advancing a Legacy: The Zinfandel Chronicles. Friday, January 28, 2011 at Westin St. Francis Hotel: winegrowers and researchers have longed to preserve the qualities of old vine vineyards for future generations. We reflect on the accomplishments of more than a decade of research at this intimate adventure into the history of Zinfandel in America. For the first time, ZAP will provide an overview of the research finds to date and attendees will taste wines made from individual Heritage Vineyard selections, as well as savor rare Zinfandels from four iconic vineyards. Click here for more information.
Evening with the Winemakers, Friday, January 28, 2011 at Westin St. Francis Hotel: mark ZAP’s 20th Anniversary with an ideal blend of sophistication and fun ‘Roaring 20s’ style. Mix and mingle with 30 winemakers and owners who craft some of the finest Zinfandels available. During the lively reception, you have a chance to visit with the winemakers and bid on one-of-a-kind lifestyle lots, before adjourning to the 32nd floor for dinner with a winemaker and a 360 degree view of the city. Click here for more details.
Grand Zinfandel Tasting, Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Herbst & Festival Pavilions, Fort Mason Center: celebrate 20 Years of Zinspiration at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandel wineries in the world. For more information about participating wineries, click here.
– Hundreds of barrel samples
– Over 30 new wineries with a total of over 200 wineries
– New releases
– Zinfandel blends
– ZinTracks cross-reference program of wines and wineries using helpful guides
– Exclusive Member Winemaker Workshops and Lounge
– Commemorative logo glass, artisan breads, cheeses, other nibbles and much more!
For event information or to purchase tickets, visit ZAP’s website. The Westin St. Francisco Hotel is the official venue for ZAP and is offering special rates to ZAP attendees for $159 per night with limited availability. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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