“Zinfandel Experience is designed to entertain, enlighten and delight wine enthusiasts from around the world,” said Rebecca Robinson, ZAP’s Executive Director
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2016
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) today announced that Zinfandel Experience (ZinEX) 2017 will take place February 23-25, 2017, and tickets are now on sale. ZinEX is the only three-day event devoted entirely to Zinfandel and takes place in three stunning San Francisco locations: One Market, Bently Reserve and Pier 27. Tickets are limited and early bird discounts are available for ZAP members now through October 31, 2016.
“This is a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Zinfandel,” said Chris Leamy, Winemaker at Terra d’Oro Winery and ZAP President. “For one weekend each year, wine enthusiasts are able to taste hundreds of Zinfandel styles from all of California’s growing regions. There’s simply nothing else like it.”
ZinEX brings winemakers and enthusiasts together to showcase Zinfandel’s classic character. 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.
Leading up to the Grand Tasting are several showcase events including a new Welcome Reception and Farm-To-Table dinner at One Market on Thursday. On Friday there is a seminar-style tasting and prestigious Winemakers Auction and Dinner at Bently Reserve with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage projects. Tickets are available to individual events while VIP packages provide special access for an entire weekend of Zinfandel.
“Zinfandel Experience is designed to entertain, enlighten and delight wine enthusiasts from around the world,” said Rebecca Robinson, ZAP’s Executive Director. “It’s a weekend of sophisticated experiences that honors all that is Zinfandel.”
Grand Tasting at Pier 27:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
All-Day // 11:00 am – 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 an expanded selection of sumptuous samples from restaurants and winery chefs, the chance to socialize with friends, and connect with winemakers.
Cost: $150 for ZAP members, $180 for public, Early Bird for ZAP members is $130 thru 10/31/16.
Afternoon // 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (for ZAP members), 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (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.
Cost: $70 for ZAP members, $80 for public, Early Bird for ZAP members is $60 thru 10/31/16.
Meet the Maker Roundtables // 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.
Heritage Club Lounge // 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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.
ZAP Membership - Champion the most Important Wine Grape in America
ZAP membership opens the doors to a deeper connection to Zinfandel and celebrates America’s contribution to the world of fine wine. At local tasting rooms or wherever you go, membership to ZAP is a powerful statement of your connection with the varietal and its pioneering heritage. ZAP members enjoy event discounts and other benefits throughout the year, to sign up click here.
About Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
Created for Zin lovers by Zin lovers, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP), a non-profit 501(c)(3) association, brings Zinfandel education and appreciation to the public each year at their annual ZinEX event. ZAP’s mission is to advance public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history. Members include winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s grape. ZAP members enjoy benefits throughout the year including access to ZAP’s Premier Winery Experience program. ZAP can be found online at Zinfandel.org and ZinEX can be found at ZinfandelExperience.com, on Facebook @ZAP.org and on Twitter @thezinfandelorg.