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Last week I attended the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) Media and Trade Tasting. I have been to several ZAP events in the past, but this was the first time I attended the Media and Trade Tasting. In a room full of sommeliers, wine experts, and wine makers, I got to taste some of the best Zinfandel’s California and Southern Oregon has to offer us.

ZAP media and trade tasting

There were hundreds of zinfandel’s to try during the event and I definitely enjoyed each one. What can I say? I love me some zinfandel. However, there were five of the zinfandel’s I tried that really stood out. Here are the top 5 zinfandel’s to try in 2015.

2013 Cline Cellars, Ancient Vine Zinfandel– Contra Costa

ZAP tasting

Elyse 2010 Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel-Howell Mountain, Napa Valley


Troon Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel Reserve– Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon


Charter Oak 2012 The Zinfandel Mind– Napa Valley

charter oak

Sextant 2012 Wheelhouse Zinfandel– Paso Robles