Zap Intimate Zinfandel Experience is Back! January 29-31, 2015
The premier tasting event for Zinfandel lovers will celebrate its 24th anniversary, January 29-31, 2015 with four festive celebratory events over three days that feature a diverse selection of wines and styles from renowned producers and emerging wineries. The Zinfandel Experience provides opportunities for both new and seasoned wine lovers to embrace the varietal’s evolution.
Set at the historic Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the iconic Four Seasons Hotel, the Zinfandel Experience is the largest single varietal tasting of its kind, bringing together top producers and wine lovers to celebrate America’s grape.
Mark Vernon, President, Ridge Vineyards and Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
“In response to feedback, the Zinfandel Experience is better designed to help attendees make meaningful connections with winemakers, winery owners, and fellow enthusiasts. Building on the success of our move to the Presidio, the new format for Saturday’s tasting provides each ticket holder with access to all venues and allows participants to taste a wide variety of Zinfandels in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.”
2015 Zinfandel Experience event line-up includes:
Saturday January 31
11 AM-5 PM
11 AM-1 PM Reserve and Barrel Tasting (VIPs and All-Day ticket holders)
ZAP members enter public tasting at 1 PM
Non-ZAP members enter public tasting at 2 PM
Golden Gate Club & Film Centre, Presidio of San Francisco
All-Day ZAP Members: 11AM-5PM Member Tickets $150 Includes 2 complimentary gourmet food truck coupons. Offers continuous unlimited access between buildings through-out the day.
All Day Public: 11AM – 5PM Non-Member Tickets $170 Includes 2 complimentary gourmet food truck coupons. Offers continuous unlimited access between buildings through-out the day.
ZAP Members 1pm to 5pm: (Early Entry) Tickets $70
Non-ZAP Members 2pm to 5pm Tickets $80
From 11 AM to 1 PM, VIPs and All-Day ticket holders will become fluent in the language of Zinfandel at this exclusive Reserve and Barrel tasting. One hundred winemakers and principals will pour samples at their tables providing a “sneak peek” of upcoming vintages and special Zinfandels that have earned the title of “Reserve.” This walk-around experience offers a special insight into the wineries’ most prized Zinfandel treasures.
At 1 PM, doors open for ZAP members and at 2 PM for non-members. Throughout The Tasting, winemakers and owners will personally share their deep passion for their craft. Whether you explore the flavors of Zinfandel blends, single vineyards and old vine Zinfandels, or delve into the distinctive dialects of Zinfandel growing regions, your palate is in for a treat. Expand your Zinfandel vocabulary by attending a variety of winemaker workshops and visit the General Store to bring home some of your favorite discoveries. Gourmet food trucks add to the experience with hearty fare and opportunities to socialize with members of the Zinfandel community. Zinfandel’s star is on the rise. Reach out and grab it.
Thursday January 29
Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco
Price: ZAP Member – $105/Non-ZAP Member $135
The Golden Gate Club expands with a spacious tented courtyard to provide a seamless backdrop for exploring the versatile flavors of Zinfandel at this informal dine-around. Sample sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from master chefs perfectly paired with over 30 top Zinfandels. Mingle with winemakers, Zinfandel lovers and culinary experts. VIP guests receive early entry and have exclusive access to the VIP lounge.
Friday January 30
10:30 AM-1 PM
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Price: ZAP Member – $80/Non-ZAP Member $95
Flights! features a professional tasting seminar focusing on highly allocated, limited production Zinfandels. Gain insights from the experts and 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.
Friday January 30
5:30-7:30 PM Winemakers Reception
7:30-10:00 PM Winemakers Dinner
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Price: (Reception Only): ZAP Member – $95/Non-ZAP Member $110
Reception & Dinner: ZAP members only $295
Go glamourous! Mad Men, the popular TV show, is the inspiration for the 2015 Zinfandel Experience dinner and auction. Our reception features winemakers ‘pouring it big’ with magnums and reserve offerings. Enjoy an intimate dinner hosted by celebrities of the wine world and a customized menu that boasts the best in farm-to-table cuisine. The live and silent auctions, benefiting ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage Projects, will feature one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, winery experiences and much more. A separate ticket is offered for the Winemakers Reception only.
ZAP also offers an Ultimate VIP Get-Away for two that includes two nights lodging, two tickets to each event, shuttle, wine amenities and an annual Advocate membership. For more information on the Ultimate VIP Package, please click here. For information on ZAP membership programs, please visit here.