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Are you a lover of Zinfandel? Live in the San Francisco Bay Area? If so, then you need to check out the 2015 Zinfandel Experience!
Last year my husband and I attended our very first Zinfandel Experience, which was held in San Francisco’s historic Presidio. It was a beautiful day in San Francisco with clear views of the Golden Gate Bridge. I came to the event not knowing much about Zinfandel, only that I liked it. When I left, I felt pretty confident in all that I learned through taste and smell. It was such a neat experience to really taste the Zinfandel’s growing right here in California and how the tastes really change depending on where they are grown.
The event was incredible, I mean who doesn’t like to drink wine? My husband and I had so much fun that we have been highly anticipating the next one. You can read more about our experience here.
Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, Zinfandel Experience is celebrating its 24th anniversary, January 29-31, 2015 with three days of wine tasting featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles from renowned producers and emerging wineries.
Set at both the historic Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the iconic Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Zinfandel Experience is the largest single varietal tasting of its kind that brings together top winemakers and wine enthusiasts to celebrate America’s grape.
Thursday January 29
Epicuria Food & Zin Pairings
6 to 8pm, Golden Gate Club, the Presidio of San Francisco
Mix and mingle with 30 top winemakers, master chefs, culinary experts and Zinfandel lovers while exploring the versatile flavors of Zinfandel at this informal dine-around. New this year is an expanded venue at the Golden Gate Club with the addition of a spacious tented courtyard highlighting its striking views. Taste sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed restaurants and food purveyors perfectly paired with top Zinfandels.
Friday January 30
Flights! Forums of Flavor
10:30am to 1pm, Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
Flights! is a professional tasting seminar focusing on highly allocated, limited production Zinfandels. Experts will offer insights while participants experience the range, depth and character of the wines. ZAP is partnering with the Historic Vineyard Society to present wines from exceptional old vine Zinfandels. Space is limited.
Winemakers Reception, Dinner & Auction
Zin State of Mind–a Benefit with Taste
5:30 to 7:30pm Winemakers Reception
7:30 to 10:00pm Dinner and Live Auction
Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
Mad Men, the popular TV show, is the inspiration for the Winemakers Reception, Dinner and Auction. The stylish, sleek, and jazzy atmosphere captivates as the city lights of San Francisco dazzle. The enhanced reception features winemakers ‘pouring it big’ with magnums and reserve offerings. The intimate dinner hosted by celebrity winemakers features a menu that boasts the best in farm-to-table cuisine. Limited offering wines, one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, wine-related experiences and more will be offered at the silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit ZAP’s programs, education and Heritage projects. Dress in vintage fashion flair and celebrate the mod mood of 1965. Title sponsor: TricorBraun WinePak
Saturday January 31
The Tasting, 11 am-5 pm
11am to 1 pm
Reserve and Barrel Tasting (VIPs and All-Day ticket holders)
1pm ZAP members enter public tasting
2pm non-ZAP members enter public tasting
Golden Gate Club & Film Centre, Presidio of San Francisco
The centerpiece of the 2015 Zinfandel Experience is The Tasting, where wine lovers engage in personal conversations with winemakers while exploring the flavors of Zinfandel blends, single vineyards and old vine Zinfandels or discover the distinctive dialects of Zinfandel growing regions. Special works hops on terroir, winemaking styles and sensory aspects will be held. At the reserve and barrel tasting, one hundred winemakers and principals will offer a “sneak peak” tasting at their tables for VIPs and all day ticket holders.
For package details, special ZAP member and non-member ticket prices, information on the ultimate VIP Package and a list of participating wineries at each event, visit Zinfandel Experience, http://www.zinfandelexperience.com. For information on other sponsorship opportunities, contact the ZAP office. Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.
About Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history. Winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts comprise the membership. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s grape. The Zinfandel Experience is the largest single varietal tasting of its kind, now celebrating its 24th year.