The World's Largest Single Varietal Wine Tasting Event
February 23 -25, 2017 — San Francisco
5 EVENTS ● 3 DAYS ● 150 WINERIES
ZAP brings wineries and enthusiasts together when we showcase the classic character of Zinfandel at three stunning locales. This spectacular series of events is designed to entertain, enlighten and delight. Set at the waters of San Francisco Bay, we present Zinfandel to the world — continuing our commitment to recognize Zinfandel's quality, versatility and heritage as America's grape.
●●●Welcome Reception and Farm-to-Table Dining●●●
Thursday, February 23, 6 — 9 PM
One Market Restaurant, San Francisco
New this year is a Welcome Reception (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Dinner (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) includes a sophisticated destination dining experience that presents award-winning farm-to-table food from Chef Mark Dommen of One Market Restaurant. Dommen, who exquisitely follows in the footsteps of One Market’s celebrated founding chef and principal, Bradley Ogden, will present a customized menu incorporating locally sourced products. The evening will begin with a reception where 20 winemakers will share a selection of wines not poured at other events. Dinner includes long tables set with family-style dining service, where attendees and winemakers dine together.
●●●Flights! — Forums of Flavor●●●
Friday, February 24, 10:30 AM — 1 PM
The Bently Reserve, San Francisco
Aimed at the true wine aficionado with a keen curiosity, this seated seminar-style tasting allows attendees to experience the true character of Zinfandel through the eyes of experts. This is a rare opportunity to sample wines from iconic vineyards that consistently produced some of the best Zinfandel and blends on the planet. Winemaker Joel Peterson will lead the discussion.
●●●Winemakers Auction & Dinner — An American Original●●●
Friday, February 24, 5:30 PM — 10 PM
The Bently Reserve, San Francisco
With a nod to American style, this event includes a glamorous reception, dinner and auction. The reception includes over 20 winemakers who “pour it big” with magnums, cult collectibles and vintage offerings. Each dinner table is hosted by a winemaker and features a tailored menu created with meticulous care. Live and silent auctions showcase one-of-a-kind lots, rare big bottles, winery experiences, and much more. All proceeds benefit ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage projects.
Saturday, February 25, 11 AM — 5 PM
Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
The weekend’s main event is Saturday’s Grand Tasting where attendees meet winemakers during the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world. This ultimate tasting experience includes a selection of sumptuous samples from restaurants and winery chefs and opportunities to experience face-to-face tastings with celebrity winemakers. The spacious open floor plan and panoramic views of the bay create a perfect backdrop for getting to know Zinfandel.
11:00AM – 4:30 PM
Meet the makers at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world. An all-day pass offers access to limited production wines that are not available to taste anywhere else. This ultimate tasting experience includes a expanded selection of sumptuous samples from restaurants and winery chefs, the chance to socialize with friends, and connect with winemakers.
1:00PM-4:30PM (for ZAP members), 2:00PM-4:30PM (public)
The afternoon tasting highlights over 500 different wines poured by 130 of the best Zinfandel producers. Throughout the tasting, you can meet many of the great winemakers—legends who have helped make Zinfandel into California’s cult grape and the rising stars carrying Zinfandel into the future.
Meet the Maker Roundtables
This is speed dating for wine lovers. These short sessions provide guests and the winemaker an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun and informal setting. With only a handful of people seated around the table, the winemaker shares their wine and tells stories about how it was made. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and discover new ways to enjoy Zinfandel.
Cost: This experience is complimentary with ticket purchase. Onsite registration only.
The Heritage Club Lounge
The Heritage Club Lounge is offered exclusively as a ZAP Heritage Club+ member benefit. The Lounge features winemakers dropping by throughout the day to socialize and pour samples of their highly-allocated Zinfandels. Guests relax, take in the view, and enjoy specially prepared nibbles and treats.
Cost: Complimentary for ZAP Heritage Club+ members.
Complete Details at zinfandelexperience.com/