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Feb 2nd is The Largest Tasting of Zinfandel: ZAP Details, Ticket Contest, & Promo Code Inside!

February 2nd is the 22nd Annual Zinfandel Festival, also known as ZAP. This lively event is the world's largest tasting of Zinfandel, and has blossomed from just a tasting to food pairings, education, and more.

Read for more details, a discount code, and a chance to win $130 in tickets!

festival_banner_2013There are 4 events in total:

 (1) EPICURIA – Food & Zin Pairings. Thur., Jan 31, 6-9 pm

The Concourse, 635 8th Street, San Francisco, (8th at Brannan in South Market area)

Courtesy of ZAP

Courtesy of ZAP

At Epicuria you will embark on a gourmet adventure exploring  the versatile flavors of Zinfandel at ZAP’s informal dine-around event. Sample culinary creations from master chefs, perfectly paired with 50 top Zinfandel wines. Taste delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while learning their professional techniques. Immerse yourself in the Zinfandel culture as you mingle with winemakers and culinary experts.

The Zin Kitchen will provide cooking demonstrations and talk about Zinfandel and food matchings.

(2) FLIGHTS – Forums of Flavor Friday,February 1,  10:30am – 1:00pm (SOLD OUT!)

The Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco

Courtesy of ZAP

Courtesy of ZAP

Explore the passion
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.

(3) WINEMAKERS DINNER – A Benefit with Taste: Friday, February 1 5 pm – 10


Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill, San FranciscoEric Baugher WEB

A benefit with taste
The fabulous forties reign as you venture to the exotic at our Casablanca-themed VIP benefit. Premier winemaker hosts buy cheap viagra india as they share the intrigue and romance behind their craft at this elegant reception and dinner, while pouring their specially chosen private selections of Zinfandel. Journey back through time as you learn about the origins of America’s Heritage Wine and the modern-day practices that make Zinfandel so legendary.

A live and silent auction features rare and one-of-a-kind lifestyle lots, with proceeds benefiting ZAP programming, education and Heritage Vineyard Projects.

(4) The Best for Last – The  GRAND TASTING Saturday, February 2

The Concourse,  635 8th Street, San Francisco, (8th at Brannan in South Market area)

  • Trade & Media 10 am – 1 pm
  • Members: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Public: 2 pm – 5 pm

Enjoy the thrill of creating your own Zinfari at ZAP’s Grand Tasting! Make the quest for your personal Zinfandel flavor destination as you journey through the varietal’s unique growing regions to experience the diversity of America’s thumb_2012_Tasting_007Heritage Grape. This expedition takes you through the world’s largest Zinfandel tasting where you can enjoy hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandel wines. The return of the ZinKitchen will be a highlight.

ZAP members also have access to special features like Winemaker Workshops, Located in the Members' Lounge :  Seminars conducted by two Vintners rotating every half-hour starting at 10:30 am and continuing  until 4:00 pm.  Workshop Schedule & Presenters.

As well as the Heritage Club Lounge,  Located next to ZinKitchen. Members enjoy table side service of select library and reserve Zinfandels while you relax in the comfortable Heritage Club Lounge at the Grand Tasting.  Heritage Club Lounge

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To purchase tickets, go to: here

At checkout, enter code “simple” hit apply, and Voila – save 20%!

Bonus! Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to The Grand Tasting, a $130 Value!

Next Thursday, Feb 24, we will draw a pair of winners at random, with the correct answer.

To Enter to Win simply tell us (in comments below)

a. Your favorite food to eat with Zinfandel


b. If the producers pouring (list here) which is your favorite, or the one you want most to taste?

Enter with EACH answer for two chances to win! Watch your email and here for winners!

And in conclusion….my favorite Video on Zinfandel:

Get your Zin On – Cheers!

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Menu for Turkey Day, and a Great Visual Site – Pinterest

After a few crazy months I decided to go away the two days prior to

Thanksgiving and explore Amador County, and then spend the day here, tucked away with a fire, wine, and lots of food courses to cook.

I just started using a  great website social media site, Pinterest, to pin ideas. This easy to use site is a great way to quickly drop web links and viagra sales in canada pictures to share, and creates eye candy with a few drag and drops. With a few more features and social media integration, this site could be very compelling for photo blogging.

What We Are Cooking Today

The recipes were all gathered, with a visual feast, on a Pinterest board: Thanksgiving Dinner. It was my job to pick and shop.

The Menu

After mimosas and some pumpkin pancakes (great mix from Trader Joes) We’ll be jumping into:

Starter: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Picture of Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Recipe

Salad:  Roasted Beets and Carrots with Goat Cheese Dressing

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The Bird: Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy 

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Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy


Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

Muffin-Pan Potato Gratins


 Dessert!! Apple Cider Cream Pie

 Apple Cider Cream Pie

Now to pick the wine pairings, and enjoy a simply hedonistic day in Wine Country.

Warmest wishes and thanks today to our friends, family, and readers. Cheers!

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