The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is hosting the annual Zinfandel Festival a California legend, in San Francisco, January 31 – February 2. This is a grand festival in celebration of America’s Heritage Wine, Zinfandel. It is held again at 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 31, Epicuria Food & Zin Pairings – This
gourmet adventure 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, February 1, Flights – This Forums of Flavor
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San
Francisco 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, February 1, Winemakers Dinner – The fabulous
forties come alive at this Casablanca-themed VIP benefit at the
Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Journey back in
time as you learn about the origins of Zinfandel and the modern day
practices that makes it so legendary. Come 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
Saturday, February 2, 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 or $59 for non-members.
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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