Celebrating all things Zinfandel at ZinEX 2017

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Tickets are now on sale for Zinfandel Experience (ZinEX) 2017, a three-day event devoted entirely to Zinfandel, February 23-25, 2017.

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) will celebrate Zinfandel Experience (ZinEX) 2017 in three stunning San Francisco locations: One Market, Bently Reserve and Pier 27. This highly anticipated, annual three-day extravaganza of tastings features illustrious culinary partners, seminars, and once-in-a-lifetime winemaker dinners. “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.”

A Welcome Reception and Farm-To-Table dinner at One Market kicks off ZinEX 2017 on Thursday, February 23. A seminar-style tasting and prestigious Winemakers Auction and Dinner will take place at Bently Reserve on Friday, February 24, with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage projects. Leading up to the Grand Tasting, the weekend’s main event on Saturday, February 25 at Pier 27, attendees will meet winemakers during the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world.

“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.”according to Chris Leamy, Winemaker at Terra d’Oro Winery and ZAP President.

Tickets are available to individual events while VIP packages provide special access for an entire weekend of Zinfandel.  A full schedule of ZinEx Grand Tasting is listed below and may be accessed on the Zinfandel Experience website. ZinfandelExperience.com

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH

Pier 27 on the Embarcadero ♦ San Francisco

Grand Tasting

Meet the makers—legends and upcoming rock stars from 150 wineries. It’s the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world. All-day passes offer access to limited production wines you won’t taste anywhere else. Sample bites from select restaurants, socialize with friends and connect. Explore all dimensions of this authentically American varietal.

All Day Access: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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.

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.

This experience is complimentary with ticket purchase. Onsite registration only.

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 may be found online at Zinfandel.org and ZinEX may be found at ZinfandelExperience.com on Facebook @ZAP.org and on Twitter @thezinfandelorg.