The Zinfandel Experience 2016
The Zinfandel Experience is a three-day wine and culinary event produced by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) that celebrates California’s most famous grape. The event features legends and upcoming stars in the Zinfandel-making scene, and attracts wine lovers from all over the world. You’ll experience the classic character of zinfandel at five extraordinary events that take place from Thursday, February 25th to Sunday February 27th.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday at the Bently Reserve with a 25-year ZAP anniversary party. Join the fun from 5pm-7pm as ZAP celebrates their 25th anniversary in style with a tastings from 60 winemakers, including ZAP’s founders. The festivities continue from 7pm-9pm with the Heritage Supper Club, a special Supper Club for Heritage Club members to gather and reunite, reminisce, and make new friends along the way. Dinner will be prepared by expert West Coast chefs, and entertainment will be provided by Margaret Belton, the critically acclaimed star of ‘Always…Patsy Cline’.
The following day, fuel your passion for Zinfandel as you experience discussions as diverse as the wine itself. The “Flights! Forums of Flavors” is a seated seminar-style tasting experience from 10:30am-1:00pm that aims to please the true Zinfandel enthusiast with keen curiosity. ZAP is partnering with the prestigious Historic Vineyard Society to present wines from amazing old Zinfandel vineyards. On Friday evening, dress up in your party best for the glamorous Winemakers Reception, Dinner & Auction, at the Bently Reserve from 5:30-10pm. The decked out Banking Hall at the Bently Reserve glitters and glows at the intimate gathering that spotlights celebrities of the wine world. Twenty-eight winemakers “pour it big” with magnums and reserve offerings at the reception. Each dinner table is hosted by a winemaker and features a customized farm-to-table menu crafted with meticulous care. The live and silent auctions features one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, winery experiences and so much more, with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming, education and Heritage Projects.
Sunday is day-long grand tasting event at the beautiful Pier 27 located on the Embarcadero, where wine lovers engage in personal conversations with winemakers while exploring the flavors of old and new Zinfandel blends. Starting at 11am is two hours of a wine lover’s dream: samples of older perfectly-aged Zinfandels, an array of limited-release Reserve Zinfandels, and Barrel samples of upcoming bottlings. At 1pm starts the New Releases Tasting where over 500 different wines will be poured by 150 of the best Zinfandel producers. The grand tasting will showcase legends that have helped make Zinfandel into California’s cult grape and the rising stars that are carrying the Zinfandel banner into the future.
To purchase tickets and learn more about ZAP, visit http://www.zinfandelexperience.com/#!the-event/cjg9. Whether you’ll be attending the event for leisure or business, let Nationwide Limousine Service handle all your travel needs as you go from airport, to hotel, to events, to excursions of your own. Our luxurious limousines, charter buses, and party vans accommodate groups of all sizes and are perfect for this occasion and many more, so contact us today at 800-339-85936.