Here were are, in another new year, looking forward to what is to come. Every new year brings changes, lessons learned, and reminders of years past. In the case of the annual Zinfandel Festival, 2014 brings a change in format, as well as venue. Exciting things to come!
The 2014 Zinfandel Experience occurs January 23-25th at the Presidio, instead of the previous venues of The Concourse and Fort Mason, as well as the gala Evening with the Winemakers at the plush Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. This year, with the smaller, more intimate setting in the Presidio, guest can look forward to more conversation with the winemakers, more education and more Zin!
The all new Zinfandel Experiences highlights America’s Heritage Grape, with several events including the new Tasting Tracks on Saturday, which replaces the Grand Tasting. This creative track format allows Zinfandel fans to choose their own adventure:
- The Sensory Tasting – stroll through 80 wineries and winemakers and discover what your favorite note is.
- Reserve & Barrel Tasting - taste the future of Zin in the barrel, and a exclusive tasting of reserve wines from 44 wineries.
- Terroir Tasting - focus on a particular region as you stroll through wine country locations like Napa, Lodi, Sonoma and Paso Robles, tasting the terroir of each location through wine.
Each of these Experiences runs in a concurrent format, in 2 hour blocks. Do one, or do them all!
Additional events that are familiar to ZAP alumni will be Flights, a professional tasting seminar featuring limited production wines, Epicuria, where you can eat to your hearts delight delicious morsels paired with Zinfandels, and the swanky soiree Evening with the Winemakers, a benefit auction and dinner with famous Zin creators.
Tickets for Tasting Tracks start at $60 for a single track, with savings for multiple tracks, and individual events are priced differently. For details, see the ticket page HERE. My friends at VinVillage are giving away tickets to Epicuria and the Tasting Tracks, but enter soon! Also, use discount code “VinVillage”!
I’m exciting to see this new format for the event, and I look forward to tasting some delicious wines January 23-25!