This past week something very special came to the San Francisco Bay Area, ZinEx. The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (known as ZAP) throws a heck of a party, The Zinfandel Experience!
First there was Rockwall
There were good friends, good wines and beautiful views. The first day was the Media and Trade event held at one of my favorite wine spots! Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda. We were able to enjoy a casual talk about the history of Zinfandel and the industry of wine making hosted by Tim Fish the Senior Editor of Wine Spectator. We were then treated to a few hours of amazing and intimate wine tasting in the Rock Wall Winery hangar.
Then there was Epicuria
Thursday night Epicuria was truly a tasting extravaganza. I was joined by fellow online influencers, Jasmine Rizzo and Shamisha Lowery Johnson! There were high end tastes from the top restaurants in the Bay Area and all were paired with an amazing Red Zinfandel. It was held in the beautiful Golden Gate Club at the Presidio. We went from room to room drinking and eating and meeting other wine lovers. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak to chefs and wine makers alike.
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Finally there was Saturday at the Presidio
We finished the weekend with a beautiful Saturday in the Presidio taking classes from notable wine Sommelier's and tasting literally hundreds of Zinfandel's from the sweet to the dry...and call me amateur but I enjoyed every single one of them. I now have a great respect for Lodi wines and the type of weather that growing Zinfandel grapes demand. It was so much more than simply tasting good wine, it was truly an experience. I cannot wait until next years ZAP conference.
Check out the ZAP Website and join the conversation and use the #ZinEx hashtag all over the internet and see what other people had to say about how awesome the experience was!