Zinfandel Festival: 273 Wineries Pouring over 1,000 Zinfandels
The 16th annual Zinfandel Festival began on Wednesday with their “Flights, A sit down multi-Zin tasting,” and culminates tomorrow with the Zinfandel Tasting. This San Francisco based event has 273 Zinfandel producers confirmed to pour over 1,000 wines.
The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) organization is a 501 © (3) non-profit dedicated to “advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history.”
This event promises to be a great experience. If you are in the area, stop by the Fort Mason Center on Marina Blvd. The event goes from 2 – 5 pm, and is $65 at the door. As far as I know, there are still tickets available. For more information, check out the event website.
Alder Yarrow recently wrote a great piece of advice:
> “Don’t try to park anywhere near Fort Mason. Take a cab or public transportation. You’ll miss the whole event while looking for parking. Get there early and have a list of producers you want to visit. As with all public tastings: wear dark clothes, come with a full stomach, and for Pete’s sake, spit your wine. Don’t become one of the stupidly drunk folks who everyone laughs at.”
I would pay particular attention to “…spit you wine…” as most of the Zinfandels will be pushing 16% alcohol.
Some popular wine bloggers are meeting up at the media tasting from 10am – 1pm. If you can get your hands on a media pass, join Josh Hermsmeyer from PinotBlogger, Joel Vincent from Vivi’s Wine Journal and Wine Life Today, Russ Beebe from Winehiker Witiculture, Alder Yarrow from Vinography, Ben and I for some good old fashion fun.