GAMBA Teams Up With ESTATE Restaurant at
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
“Good Eats” Event
Zinfandel fans know that at the end of each January ZAP holds its annual event at San Francisco’s Fort Mason. Most people are familiar with the Grand Tasting where fans have the opportunity to taste hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and special blends. You may even find some producers with a “special surprise” they keep under the table. So ask!
Three-Day Event Kicks Off With
An Evening of
Food and Wine Pairing
The three day event also features a food and wine pairing event called “Good Eats” that is held on the first day of the event. Wineries and Zinfandel producers team up with a restaurant to highlight the versatility of Zinfandel when paired with food.
In the video below, Sondra Bernstein and Chef John Toulze of ESTATE and The Girl & The Fig Restaurants in Sonoma talk about teaming up with Agostino and Paulette Gamba from Gamba Vineyards and Winery and their Zinfandels from the Russian River Valley.
If you are going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area during the event, be sure to attend the “Good Eats” event sample some great foods paired with delicious wines. The event takes place on January 27th from 6:00-9:00 pm. For tickets and more information on the food and wine pairing event click here.
Note: Click here to check out Chef Toulze’s preparation of a Game Hen over Polenta and Beans with the Gamba Zinfandel – an unusual pairing, but one that works very well.
ZAP Celebrates 20 Years of Zinspiration
The 20th Annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Wine Festival will take place January 27-29, 2011, in San Francisco. This annual celebration of America’s Heritage Wine will make a major splash with wine lovers worldwide.
The 20th Anniversary ZAP Festival consists of four events in three days, showcasing approximately 250 wineries, pouring their barrel samples and new releases, together with educational seminars, culinary demonstrations and decadent food pairings. The ZAP Festival is the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandel wines in the world. Main Festival Events:
•Thursday January 27, 2011: “Good Eats and Zinfandel Pairing,” Fort Mason Center, San Francisco: 6:00 to 9:00pm. Foodies rejoice! Enjoy delectable pairings from 50 restaurants and 50 wineries. Cost: $140 public/$100 members
•Friday January 28, 2011: “Flights! Stories From The Vineyard” Zinspiration Series. This event includes a rare guided tasting of Zinfandel flights. The Westin St. Francis Hotel, Union Square, 10:30 am to 1:00pm. Cost: $65 public/$40 members
•Friday January 28, 2011: “Evening with the Winemakers,” The Westin St. Francis Hotel, Union Square, 5:00 to 10:00pm. Dine with the winemakers and vintners who craft the remarkable wines presented at this opulent benefit auction and gourmet dinner high atop San Francisco. Cost: $225 includes membership
•Saturday, January 29, 2011: “Grand Zinfandel Tasting & Silent Auction,” Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 2:00 to 5:00pm public tasting. More than 250 wineries showcase their latest releases, barrel tastings, blends and rare collections of Zinfandel. A selection of artisanal cheese and nibbles will be included. All attendees receive a commemorative wine glass. Cost: $70/$60 members (includes 1 hour early admission)
For more information and how to get tickets to various events taking place over the three days of activities, go to ZAP 20 Years of Zinspiration.