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I am so excited I can hardly contain it. This month is Zap’s All New Zinfandel Experience. From January 22- 25th, Zinfandel lovers can enjoy unique experiences of a lifetime.

The event for 2014 will be different from past years with a new and beautiful venue at the San Francisco Presidio and Four Seasons Hotel. The new format offers four intimate events over three days that highlight vineyard character, winemaking techniques and historic connections that celebrate Zinfandel’s native taste and value, all nuanced with great winemakers and lots of opportunities to interact with them.

The Zinfandel Experience consists of four events over three days:

EpicuriaSUBWEBThursday, January 23, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Epicuria Food & Zinfandel Pairings

Indulge your “inner epicurean.” Discover Zinfandel’s versatility and how well the zesty wine pairs with distinctive tastes during the Zinfandel Experience kick-off event. Sample sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from master chefs, perfectly paired with 30 top Zinfandel wines. Immerse yourself in the Zinfandel culture as you mingle with winemakers, chefs and fellow wine lovers at this informal dine-around event at the Golden Gate Club.

LOCATION: Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129.

FlightsSUBWEBFriday, January 24, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Flights! Forums of Flavors

Flights features a professional tasting seminar with a focus on highly allocated, limited production Zinfandels. Learn insights from the experts and experience the range, depth and character of the wines. ZAP will once again partner with the Historic Vineyard Society to present wines from exceptional old Zinfandel vineyards.

LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

WinemakerSUBWEBFriday, January 24, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Evening with the Winemakers 

Fabulous Forties, A Benefit with Taste Reimagine the fabulous forties at this themed benefit with an inventive menu created by Mark Richardson, Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Mingle at the swanky reception with 18 top Zinfandel winemakers and owners who craft the remarkable wines presented. Then, sit down to dinner with your host and savor surprise unveilings of wines personally selected for the evening. These wines will not be poured at other Experience events. Bid on incredible packages combining wine, art, travel, culinary and interactive wine experiences. Proceeds benefit ZAP programming, education and Heritage Projects. Bring out the Fedora and polish up the wingtip shoes for an unforgettable evening.

LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

TracksSUBWEBSaturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Zinfandel Experience Tasting Tracks

Create your own itinerary to explore and sample. Select among three distinct and informative tracks that will take you on an in-depth and intimate Zinfandel tasting experience or participate in all three. Zinfandel enthusiasts will have ample opportunity to informally visit and taste with winemakers. Between sessions, visit the gourmet food trucks and enjoy the beautiful lawns and historic sites at the Presidio. You can even take home some of your favorite wines from the new ZAP General Store. Stroll at your own pace or take a complimentary shuttle. Visitors enjoy free parking. Sessions begin at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are limited.

LOCATION: All programs are held at The Presidio, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.

Visit with 80 different wineries and their winemakers and discover your own harmony of taste. Explore a range of food flavor elements and enhance your appreciation of the versatility of Zinfandel at this accessible and friendly walk-around tasting. Just as a single melody paired with another becomes a song, wine paired with food becomes a concert of taste, more than each note by itself. Uncover your own sensory composition as you sample your favorite Zins.

LOCATION: Herb st at the Presidio, 385 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.

Enjoy a “sneak peek” tasting of barrel samples, new vintages and special wines from America’s top Zin-makers that have earned the title of “reserve.” This walk-around experience offers visits with winemakers and an exclusive venture into the most prized Zinfandel treasures of 44 wineries.

LOCATION: Film Center at the Presidio, 39 Mesa Street #107, San Francisco, CA 94129.

Journey through the wine country at this walk-around tasting of some of the most outstanding Zinfandel growing regions in California including Napa, Lodi, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles and more. Taste the characteristics that epitomize these regions and participate in workshops with acclaimed sommeliers who compare and contrast the regional features in-depth. You will come away with a true appreciation of what sets each region’s Zinfandels apart.

LOCATION: Observation Post at the Presidio, 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129.


I am extremely excited to experience the Tasting Track Sessions and because you are valuable readers, I want to experience this with you. The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) has been so generous and is offering our readers $5 off individual Tasting Track sessions. Select the “Non-Member Registration” option when purchasing your ticket and enter 14Moms in the Discount Code box.

You can visit to learn more about the Zinfandel Experience.

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* I received complementary tickets to facilitate my review. Opinions are 100% mine.