Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 ZAP Festival in San Francisco

Sadly, business in Germany and France made it impossible for me to attend the 2010 ZAP Festival in San Francisco that I had enjoyed in 2008 and 2009. The photo work I had been doing for The Wine Hub and my personal preference for Zinfandel wine led me to the ZAP Festival in 2008. There was simply no better opportunity to sample and understand the virtues of that wonderful varietal than a festival dedicated exclusively to Zins. And that is what the ZAP Festival is, the best show for Zinfandel wines yet. Sure, some wineries slip the occasional Primitivo into the array of wines they provide for sampling if only to educate us about the shared genetics of Zins and Primitivos. But ZAP is Zin, Zin, Zin.

This Zin-rant reflects my preference for Zinfandels. (It has even been proposed as the official wine of the State of California!) You might think that my preference and partiality to Zins accounts for my enthusiasm for the San Francisco ZAP Festival in January 2011. OK, that is somewhat true. But, the ZAP Festival is so well done that nobody walks away from the event without planning to attend the next edition of the ZAP Festival.

(Photo below is from 2008 ZAP at Fort Mason in San Francisco]

If you can only give one day for this ZAP event, choose Saturday, 29 January 2011, at Fort Mason. On that day, you, and several hundred of your friends, will be able to sample hundreds of Zinfandels presented by scores of vintners. However, if you have the time, you will love the earlier ZAP Festival events that put Zinfandel, food and you together… where Zinfandel really shines. I confess; I am a Zinner. And, after spending 27-29 January 2011 at the ZAP Festival, you will be a Zinner too!

* ZAP - Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

Robert F. Tardif, Ph.D.
Sacramento, CA

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