Saturday, January 14, 2012

ZAP – the Zinfandel Festival returns to San Francisco – Jan 26-28

The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is hosting the 21st annual Zinfandel Festival, a California legend, in San Francisco, January 26-28. This is a grand festival in celebration of America’s Heritage Wine, Zinfandel. It is held at a new venue this year, the historic Concourse Exhibition Center, South of Market.  This former railway station harkens back to a classic age of travel and provides plenty of space that is handsomely finished and comfortable.  And there is plenty of parking and handy to public transportation!  There will be four events during those three days plus celebrity chef, winemaker dinners and plenty of fine Zins to sample.

Thursday, January 26, EpicuriaThis Food and Zin pairing occurs from 6 – 9 p.m. in The Concourse.  Your palate will love the discovery of the diversity of Zinfandel and its wide range of complementary flavor combinations.  Mingle with winemakers and epicurean experts as you take a journey for your senses sampling the regional offerings. This event features 50 top Zinfandel wines and creations from master chefs.  The Zin Kitchen will also host cooking demonstrations and talk about Zin and food pairing.  Tickets are $95 for ZAP members and $125 for non-members.

Friday, January 27, Flights – This Forums of Flavor from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square is your chance to experience discussions as diverse as the wine itself.  Here you experience exclusive seminar-style tastings where you will discover themed flights of Zins and interact with Zinfandel experts. Tickets are $60 for ZAP members and $75 for non-members.

Friday, January 27, Winemakers Dinner – Viva Las Vegas at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. where you experience a Las Vegas style benefit with VIP taste.  Dress to the nines and bring your lucky charm to this glamorous reception and dinner and enjoy private selections poured by premier winemaker hosts.  The live and silent auctions feature rare and one-of-a-kind lots with proceeds benefitting ZAP programming, education and Heritage projects.  Tickets are $225 per person.

Saturday, January 28, Grand Tasting – The main event is the Grand Tasting from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the public at The Concourse through a journey of the world’s largest single varietal tasting as you sample from hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandels.  Meet the winemakers and learn more about America’s Heritage Wine.  Tickets are $49 for ZAP members, $59 for non-members and $69 at the door.

This is a major wine event in the Bay Area and a great opportunity to learn more about California's heritage wine, Zinfandel.  The Concourse is at 635 8th Street at Brannan in San Francisco.

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