ZAP goes on the road!

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As summer winds down, or maybe just gets skipped over, the foggy nights and cool morning remind me of why I love Zinfandel so much.  Zinfandel is a wine that has as many flavors and styles as there are ways to make BBQ sauce.  Zinfandel is also the perfect summer party, and BBQ wine. With that in mind, ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) is hosting a showcase of Zinfandel at Ridge Lytton Springs, on Saturday, August 16th.  Here, over 40 producers will be pairing their Zinfandels with delicious foods from Pizza Politana!  Included with your ticket, you get all of your tastings and half a pizza.  My only problem is they all sound so good – Wild Mushroom, Smoked Mozzarella, Thyme & Truffle Oil; Black Mission Fig, Zoe’s Bacon, Gorgonzola & Creamy Leeks; Housemade Red Wine Sausage (not spicy), County Line Farm Mustard Greens, Tomato Sauce & Mozzarella.  How do I choose?  I suspect the bacon will have it. Participating wineries include some personal favorite of D-Cubed, Elyse Winery, Fields Family Winery, Kokomo Winery, and Ridge – as well as many more! Tickets are $60 per person ($45 for ZAP members) and include tasting and 1/2 a pizza w/salad.  Additional food is available for purchase as well as several other sampling opportunities. Hope to see you there!   Tickets to this event were provided, however all yumtacular (thanks James!) opinions of said pizza, and sips of wine, are my own. Google

You’ve been ZAPped!

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ZAP, the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers trade organization, is dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel.  Next week marks its 18th annual festival, a weeklong celebration of Zinfandel themeed events. Being the Zinner that I am, I look forward to this event every year.  I also am a volunteer, so I have seen first hand how the love of zinfandel has grown over the years.   Although the public tasting on Saturday, Jan 31st, can be a bit of a zoo, there are several other events throughout the week that make this event an enjoyable experience. Wednesday – Jan 28th Flights! Prepare for take-off… Take a seat and buckle-up to embark on a voyage of discovery. Your crew at our intimate, seminar-style setting will include the intrepid men and women winemakers and owners who grow and craft these remarkable wines. The City College of San Francisco Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies program will create delights for your taste buds to savor during the walk-around Zinfandel reception following the seminar. Also on Wednesday, Crushpad is hosting a BYOB Zinfandel event to help kick off ZAP.  I love these mixers at Crushpad, because we get to taste a lot of great wine, but also meet some new people.  This time, bring a bottle of zin.  Crushpad will brown bag it, and present it with the other offerings for you to sample.  At the end of the evening, we vote on our faves, and reveal!  So much fun, and perfect for an economical evening out.  Please RSVP here Thursday – Jan 29th Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing If you are a devoted foodie with a passion for Zinfandel, make plans to indulge your “inner epicurean” and spend the evening at Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing! Noteworthy restaurants and award-winning wineries turn the art of cooking and wine pairing into an entertaining and approachable affair. Talented chefs present the ultimate combinations of distinctive tastes, while winery proprietors offer stunning Zinfandels to match. Detailed menus are here.  This is my favorite event of the week, because you get the opportunity to taste some speical wines that aren’tr always poured on Saturday, in a quieter more relaxed atmosphere.  Take a look at these sample menus! Zinfandel Braised Pork Shoulder with Butternut Squash and Cipollini Onion Ragout with Carol Shelton Wines Miniature Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Easton Zinfandel Barbeque Sauce with Easton wines Friday – Jan 30th Evening with the Winemakers This event is a benefit auction and dinner, and is the ritziest of the week. This elegant sit down dinner benefits the ZAP’s Heritage Projects–preserving the historical and viticultural significance of America’s Heritage Wine–Zinfandel, including scholarships and other designated charities. Wine 2.0 Best Practices Seminars Wine 2.0, the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry and ZAP, invite you to participate in “Winery Best Practices,” an education session on January 30, 2009 at Ft. Mason in San Francisco. 1. Winery eCommerce: 12:00-12:45 pm – A panel moderated by Jeff Carroll […]