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ZAP is here

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, January 18th, 2008 at 1:18 pm in Uncategorized.

The bustle at ZAP

Alright all you Zinheads, Wednesday marks the arrival of the biggest public tasting I’m aware of, and it happens to be centered around Zinfandel, that fun, over-the-top scoundrel of a wine.

The 17th Annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Festival will take place Jan. 23-26 at various locations and events in San Francisco. The best thing to do is go to ZAP’s web site for more information.

If you can only make one event, go to the public tasting at Fort Mason on Saturday Jan. 26, when about 300 Zinfandel producers will be pouring their new releases (let’s hope they come armed with decanters). Twenty-nine of those wineries are new this year.

My favorite thing about Zin is the foods I get to eat with it: hearty, often meaty, smoky and spicy dishes like BBQ shredded pork sandwiches, duck sausage, meatloaf and pizza. Certainly a far cry from my usual heirloom tomato salads and Gruner Veltiners.

A Zin pairing

If you’re the same, definitely hit the dine-around Good Eats event on Thursday night Jan. 24. Producers team up with area restaurants to showcase these excellent food and wine marriages. It will be more intimate and way less chaotic than the public tasting. People really go wild over California’s heritage grape.

Tickets are not available at the door so be sure to score them online at www.zinfandel.org. You can also call 877-772-2542. Have fun and may your teeth be suitably stained. 

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