UPDATE: Friday, January 25 is the last day to enter to win tickets to the San Francisco Zinfandel Wine Festival. Make sure you enter to win a pair of tickets to wine tastings and food pairings at this awesome event January 31 to Feb 2.
There’s a guy who makes wine he calls Bedrock
But he didn’t go into it half-cocked.
He was raised in a cellar,
what a cute little fellar,
Some might say he’s a Chip Off the Old Block.
Bless me Morgan, for I have Zinned. It has been two days since my last Bedrock.
We have this running joke with our friend Thea. We taunt her by telling her we are drinking wine from Bedrock Wine Company, she tells us she is going to come to Houston and drink it all. It has yet to work because we have visited her multiple times. Even brought a bottle with us last time we visited. And she has not visited us in Houston.
Now granted, she is much closer to the source of Bedrock Wine Company, and many other fabulous wines. But we taunt her nonetheless. So since she won’t come to us, we must go to her.
So once again, I am heading to California to visit Thea , and no doubt share some Bedrock.
Hard to believe it, since he is an unabashed zinner! But Joe must stay home and bowl in a charity tournament and I am off to attend the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’ 22nd Annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco with Thea! You can win tickets to the events. Read on to find out how!
Just What is ZAP?
Now exactly who are the Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers? What is this festival they are having, and how can I attend you ask? (Of course you’re asking, it’s ZINFANDEL!)
The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, ZAP for short, is a not-for-profit, member-based, educational 501(c)(3) organization. Their 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 whose focus is on the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s heritage wine. ZAP’s membership includes approximately 250 winery-members, 4,000 advocate members and 100 associate members.
Part of ZAP’s ongoing program focused on outreach and promotion of Zinfandel as America’s Heritage Wine, the Festival is an opportunity for Zinfandel producers to introduce their wines to a wide base of consumers, media, and members of the wine trade.
Three Days of Zinfandel Goodness
This year the festival includes four events from January 31 to February 2:
Thursday, January 31 is Epicuria: Food & Zin Pairings, billed as “a culinary adventure where 50 top Zinfandel wines and wineries collaborate with 50 chefs…The meticulously crafted combinations cover a rainbow of Zinfandel-food pairings, from boar to beef to the sweet side.” Ticket holders are invited to embark on a gourmet adventure at this informal, “dine-around” event; to savor tantalizing delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while learning their professional techniques; and to immerse themselves in the Zinfandel culture as they mingle with winemakers and culinary experts. Set at The Concourse, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., tickets are $95 for ZAP members and $125 for non-members. The Concourse is located at 635 8th Street at Brannan in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco.
Friday, February 1 includes two events.
Flights is seated seminar-style tasting to help provide guests with a detailed understanding of the uniqueness of Zinfandel. 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason, San Francisco. Unfortunately tickets to this popular event are limited and have already sold out.
Member Wine Makers Dinner The Zinfandel Winemakers’ Dinner promises to be a glamorous evening where a walk-around tasting precedes a live auction and sumptuous dinner. Proceeds benefit ZAP’s programming, education and heritage vineyard projects. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel. For information on participating wineries, tickets and joining ZAP see details: http://www.zinfandel.org/default.asp?cid=1&n1=28&n2=1072
Saturday, February 2 is The Grand Tasting! The Grand Tasting is just what is sounds like. Guests can enjoy tasting from hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandel wines. Open to both members and the public, members can taste reserve and library wines in the Heritage Club Lounge. Tickets for members are $49, and $65 for non-members. Member tasting is from 1-5 p.m. and non-members from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Concourse, located at 635 8th Street at Brannan.
But You Can WIN TICKETS!
Another Wine Blog is giving away two pairs of tickets to Epicura and two pairs of tickets to The Grand Tasting. There are a number of ways to win! Write a limerick, comment on this post, or post this story to twitter or Facebook. Use the hashtag #AWBZAP Now we know limericks are hard, so we will count your entry 5 times for each limerick. Try to keep them clean. We will put all the names into a hat and draw 4 names on Friday, January 25th. First Prize (2 winners) is a pair of tickets to Epicura. Two second prize winners will each get a pair of tickets to The Grand Tasting.
Keep in mind this event takes place in San Francisco, California. We are giving away tickets to the events only. Winners are responsible for getting themselves to and from the events.
Please drink responsibly.