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ZAP Celebrates 20 Years of Zinspiration

The World's Largest Zinfandel Wine Festival takes place January 27-29, 2011
October 04, 2010

News Release - Rough & Ready, CA, October 4, 2010. 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,” FortMasonCenter, San Francisco: 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Foodies rejoice! Enjoy delectable pairings from 50 restaurants and 50 wineries. Cost: $140 public/$100 members. More: Details about Good Eats.

•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 1:00 pm. Cost: $65 public/$40 members. Details about Flights.

•Friday January 28, 2011: “Evening With The Winemakers,” The Westin St. Francis Hotel,
Union Square
, 5:00 to 10:00 pm. 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. More about Evening With The Winemakers.

•Saturday, January 29, 2011: “Grand Zinfandel Tasting & Silent Auction,” FortMasonCenter, San Francisco, 2:00 to 5:00 pm 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). Grand Tasting details.

ZAP supports research and scholarships, and this year will inaugurate a new beneficiary: The American Heart Association/Stroke Association. Tickets are now on sale! Visit for tickets and event details. Become a ZAP member ($44) and enjoy exclusive benefits and member savings!

The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) organization. ZAP is dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history.

Winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts combine to form the membership. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s heritage wine. ZAP’s membership includes approximately 275 winery-members, 5,000 advocate members and 100 associate members.

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