But here were are, smack dab in the middle of a chilly winter in San Francisco; what better time to celebrate America’s Heritage Grape than a cold winter night? Celebrating 22 years of Zinfandel, this year’s event will be just as entertaining as last year’s, in the new event space at The Concourse.
One of the most unique American wines, Zinfandel has a long history in California. From Italian field blends during the gold rush to the new gold rush of wine, zinfandel has a solid palace in history. There are so many different flavor profiles you can find, from raisiny ripe Paso Robles to spicy & racy Sierra Foothills, to brambly blackberry punch of Dry Creek. What better way to taste them than at the 2013 Zinfandel Festival!
January 31st, the Festival kicks off with Epicuria, my favorite event of the week. This informal walk around event allows you the opportunity to nibbly on tasty tidbits, paired with 50 delicious zinfandels hand picked to bring out the zinny flavor. There will be plenty of pork to go around, as well as some wonderful dessert offerings. Come early, and come hungry! The best bites go quickly. $125
Congratulations to Amy Abascal and Cindy Gooch, who each won a pair of tickets! Looking forward to seeing you!
Friday afternoon, Flights is designed for the enthusiast with a passion for the legendary, this exclusive seminar-style tasting ignites your imagination for the varietal as you delve into the history, culture and science behind the many flavors of Zinfandel. Flights offers unique insight into the Zinfandel varietal and allows you to experience the true character of the wines through the eyes of experts as you revel in a sensory experience like no other. $75
Friday evening, a benefit event whisks you back to the 1940s with a Casablanca theme, benefiting ZAP and the Heritage Vineyard project. The Winemakers Dinner is always a banner event, where premier winemakers host, and share the intrigue and romance behind their craft at this elegant reception and dinner. Specially chosen private selections of Zinfandel will be poured as you get in the time machine and learn about the origins of Zinfandel, and modern techniques in wine making. $250
Culminating in Saturday’s Grand Tasting, featuring over 100 zinfandels from all over the US, the week is sure to be zinny, zany, and downright purple. Create your own Zin-fari, as you weave the isles through each growing region, to explore the diversity of American Zinfandel. Taste barrel samples, new releases, and more! $65
Congratulations to Shari Johnston & Amy Holtzman, who each won a pair of tickets! See you there!
Tickets for this year’s festival are available HERE .
That said, you lucky readers, I have something special for you! Two lucky readers can win a pair of tickets to Epicuria. Two other lucky readers can win a pair of tickets to the Grand Tasting! You must be in San Francisco for the event. Tickets are non transferable once claimed. Good luck and the deadline for entry is Jan 18th. Enter below!
See you zinners there!