Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Zinfandel Feb05


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Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Zinfandel


Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is setting the stage for the Silver Anniversary of Zinfandel Experience 2016, affectionately known as ZinEx. This highly anticipated, annual three-day extravaganza of tastings features illustrious culinary partners, seminars, and once-in-a-lifetime winemaker dinners. With a special nod to its quarter century status as the educational resource behind “America’s Heritage Grape,” the San Francisco based event, taking place Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27, will offer more face time with both the legends and rising stars of the Zinfandel world during five celebratory events that explore a diverse selection of Zinfandel wines and styles from renowned producers and emerging wineries. The “Meet the Makers” format will showcase Zinfandel producers’ spirit of collaboration and community.

In addition, two new venues will entice guests to the 2016 Zinfandel Experience – including the resplendent Bently Reserve and the newly constructed Pier 27. A full schedule of ZinEx is listed below and can be accessed on the Zinfandel Experience website.

“We are so excited to present a truly incredible line up of talented winemakers offering first-hand stories about their experiences creating some of the world’s finest Zinfandels,” said Executive Director, Rebecca Robinson. “This annual event offers the perfect opportunity for wine aficionados and novices alike to learn more about not only the history and
culture of America’s grape, but also perhaps understand a bit more about their own palates and preferences. In our 25th year, we celebrate the pioneering spirit of Zinfandel that is captured in our community of winegrowers, winemakers and enthusiasts.”


Thursday, February 25

New Venue – Two New Events

The Bently Reserve ♦ San Francisco

25 Year Tribute Party 

5:00 – 7:00 PM

With Special Guest Appearances

The Banking Hall at the Bently Reserve represents the pinnacle of West Coast panache and is home to our new opening night showcase. Join us to celebrate ZAP’s 25th anniversary in style with a tasting featuring 60 winemakers, including ZAP’s founders, pouring cult collections, rare bottlings and vineyard designates. It’s a toast to legacy, inspiration and Zinfandel!

Heritage Supper Club

7:00 – 9:00 PM

The festivities continue with a sumptuous supper. In recognition of our silver anniversary, we’re creating a special Supper Club where our Heritage Club members gather together to reunite, reminisce, and make new friends along the way. Celebrate the allure, quality and unique personality that Zinfandel brings to the occasion. Included in the Ultimate VIP Package.

“Always Patsy Cline”

Performing at Tribute Party and Supper Club

You’ll be treated to entertainment by Margaret Belton, the critically acclaimed star of ‘Always… Patsy Cline’.  Imagine drinking some of the best wine on the planet while listening to Patsy’s hits with a Zinfandel flair.

Friday, February 26

The Bently Reserve ♦ San Francisco

Flights! –  Forums of Flavor

10:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

Fuel your passion for Zinfandel as you experience discussions as diverse as the wine itself. Aimed at the true wine aficionado with keen curiosity, this seated seminar-style tasting provides a detailed understanding of the uniqueness of Zinfandel with themed flights and interaction with the experts.  ZAP is partnering with the prestigious Historic Vineyard Society to present wines from amazing old Zinfandel vineyards.

Winemakers’ Reception, Auction & Dinner – Silver Anniversary Spectacular

5:30 to 10:00 PM

Dress up in your party best for this glamorous reception, dinner and auction. The decked out Banking Hall at the Bently Reserve glitters and glows at our intimate evening with celebrities of the wine world.  Twenty-eight winemakers “pour it big” with magnums and reserve offerings at the reception. Each dinner table is hosted by a winemaker and features a customized farm-to-table menu crafted with meticulous care.  The live and silent auctions features one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, winery experiences and so much more, with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage Projects.  It’s an evening of dazzling indulgence.

Saturday, February 27

New Venue

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. It’s exhibitionism at its best! With a spacious open floor plan and panoramic views of the bay, we bring wineries under one sleek modern rooftop at Pier 27, located on the Embarcadero.

All Day Access: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Past, Present and Future – this all-day access includes special seminars and pourings.  Two hours of a wine lover’s dream: library samples of older perfectly-aged Zinfandels, a bevy of limited-release Reserve Zinfandels, and Barrel samples of upcoming bottlings.

ZAP Members: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

New Releases Tasting where over 400 different wines will be poured by 150 of the best Zinfandel producers.

The Heritage Club Lounge is offered exclusively as a Heritage Club member benefit. The Lounge will be open from noon to 5 PM. Featuring served tastings of highly-allocated Zinfandels, you will relax and take in the view, while enjoying nibbles and treats, as you talk with winemakers who will be scheduled to drop by throughout the day. Included in Ultimate VIP Package.

 Heritage Club

When you become a member of ZAP’s Heritage Club, you have access to exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities at wineries, member discounts, special ZAP activities and the chance to build personal relationships with renowned winemakers and growers. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that with the help of supporters such as you, we will continue to reach new audiences and ensure that Zinfandel is celebrated for its quality, versatility, and unique heritage.

Experience Packages

Choose from two package options: The Getaway Package includes two nights lodging and a full weekend of events.
The Ultimate VIP Package offers Heritage Club level membership, all access, Heritage Supper Club, Heritage Club Lounge and more. Details.

For information on ZAP membership programs, please visit here.


Attending ZinEx

Created for Zin lovers by Zin lovers, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP), a non-profit 501(c)(3) association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary of bringing Zinfandel education and appreciation to the public. The event is open to a public audience of attendees who are 21 years and older, with event purchase. For tickets to all events, click here. Become a
member of ZAP for substantial savings on ZinEx tickets. ZAP members enjoy benefits throughout the year including access to ZAP’s Premier Winery Experience Program.

For out of town guests, ZAP is offering an Ultimate VIP Package for two that includes two nights of lodging at San Francisco’s Le Meridian Hotel, tickets to each event, shuttle service, wine amenities and an annual ZAP Heritage membership. For more information, please click here. A Getaway Package including tickets, lodging and ZAP Advocate membership is also available. More than 200 volunteers donate their time to make Zinfandel Experience a success. To learn more about how to volunteer, please visit here.

About ZAP: 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.