Zap’s 2nd Annual Grille-O-Rama Attracts 300


Grill O'Rama Judges Charles Olken - Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine Randy Caparoso Sommelier Journal Lynne Char Bennett San Francisco Chronicle Luke Sykora Wine & Spirits Magazine Frank Thorsberg KTVU Television Producer and Wine Blogger Sara Schneider Sunset Magazine

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers welcomed 300 people to its second annual Grille-O-Rama at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda on Saturday, August 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event combined the chance to taste 30 Zinfandels, arranged by growing region, and judge the efforts of four chefs competing on the grill.

Two awards were given, one by a panel of judges and the other, a People’s Choice-style, by the attendees. The panel of distinguished judges selected the grilled pork tacos from Chef Sophina Uong of Pican ( and the People’s Choice Award (determined by ballots gathered from the event attendees) went to Chef Tyler Stone’s grilled beef shortribs with chimichurri (

Chef Tyler Stone

“Everyone loved being able to taste Zinfandels by the region where they originated,” said Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers. “The combination of great Zins, great food and a great venue made for a memorable day,” she added.

Also competing were Chefs John Ledbetter and Rick Hackett of Bocanova with chicken skewers with mole ( and Proprietor Dawn Wofford of Sonoma Smokehouse with pulled pork sliders (

The Crew from Pican Restaurant

The judges were Sara Schneider (Sunset Magazine), Luke Sykora (Wine & Spirits Magazine), Lynne Char Bennett (San Francisco Chronicle), Charles Olken (Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine), Randy Caparoso (Sommelier Journal) and Frank Thorsberg (KTVU television producer and wine blogger).


The Zinfandels were arranged by where the grapes were grown or winery is based.

From the Bay Area Wine Region:

  • Dashe Cellars
  • R&B Cellars
  • Rock Wall Wine Co.
  • Three Wine Company

From Lodi:

  • Brazin’ Cellars
  • Cycles Gladiator
  • Jessie’s Grove
  • Klinker Brick
  • Macchia
  • Haraszthy Family Cellars
  • Ironstone Vineyard
  • Masked Rider

From Napa Valley:

  • Green & Red Vineyard and Hendry
  • Mike & Molly Wine Company

From Sonoma Valley:

  • Carol Shelton
  • DeLoach Vineyards
  • Dutcher Crossing
  • JC Cellars
  • Mauritson Winery
  • Red Truck Wines
  • Starry Night Winery

From the Sierra Foothills:

  • El Dorado County: Mellowood Vineyard

Amador County:

  • Scott Harvey Wines

Nevada County:

  • Chacewater Wine

Calaveras County:

  • Chatom Vineyard
  • Milliaire Winery

El Dorado County:

  • Lava Cap Winery

Amador County:

  • Renwood Winery

From Paso Robles:

  • Castoro Cellars
  • Four Vines

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