By Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director

What were the actual results of this year’s Iron Chefs Zin?

You won’t be surprised that this year’s three judges have ZAP connections.

Iron Chef Zin Judges

Iron Chef Zin Judges

First there’s James Melendez, who has been writing about wine for years; his blog is James the Wine Guy. “Back in the day” ZAP worked with James in another life as a sponsor.

Our second judge was Lee Gregory. Lee is Executive Vice President of McCall’s Catering and Events, our caterer for the Grand Tasting.  Lee serves on the City College Culinary Board and originally made the ZAP and City College introductions.

Iron Chef Zin Judges after the big decision

The third judge was Kit Wall, who has her own consulting company.  Kit has been a strong champion for Zinfandel, helping ZAP to produce the Resource Guide to Zinfandel and other communication pieces.

Red Team's Pork Belly Peach Salad

Red Team’s Pork Belly Peach Salad

While both teams did a marvelous job, at the end of any competition, there can be only one winner.

Black Team's winning Pork Belly Puff Pastry

Black Team’s winning Pork Belly Puff Pastry

The judges were ultimately won over by the BayWolf and Three Wine Team’s first course—a pork belly “BLT” with avocado, mayo marinated tomato in puff pastry.

Everyone agreed that this was a wonderful evening, full of laughter, culinary adventure, and great Zinfandels.

The Black Team's Peach Berry Upside Down Cake

The Black Team’s Peach Berry Upside Down Cake

I can’t wait for next year!