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Happy July 1!

It’s hard to believe 2013 is already half-over.  Since the last Zinfandel Festival, we’ve been immersed in transforming our events and are very excited to announce the launce of ZAP’s All New Zinfandel Experience!  We’ve listened to feedback from our members and guests and have reimagined the annual Festival to be an Experience that is unlike any other tasting.  You can find more information about the events on ZAP’s website at and we’ll be posting additional information, stories and details over the coming months on our blog.

Our Heritage Club members are the first to have the opportunity to purchase packages and tickets, starting today. When you support ZAP through your membership, you support the advancement and knowledge of Zinfandel and its unique place in American history and culture. It’s the support of members that makes it possible for ZAP to continue to spread the message of Zinfandel both domestically and abroad.  You make it happen and your support is appreciated. From all of us at ZAP, we look forward to experiencing Zinfandel in a whole new way with you.  Cheers!  Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director


In our debut Blog Post at On Zinfandel, we talked about how the Zinfandel world that ZAP covers involves relationships that are getting closer and more interconnected all the time. We asked for your comments, and received some wonderful stories.

Here, ZAP Charter Member Bob Miller becomes our Guest Blogger, with a wonderful and true tale of how his initiation and pursuit of Zinfandel has spanned 30 years.

My Life With Zinfandel

by Guest Blogger, Bob Miller

It all started nearly 30 years ago.

A co-worker of mine at a multinational here on the East Coast was a serious wine aficionado.  I was not.  He had developed his wine chops while in graduate school at Stanford.  He formed a wine tasting group for 12 of us newbies and we started blind tasting various varietals and getting educated.  While on a business trip to California, we took a couple of days to visit Sonoma County where he introduced me to wine country, wine tasting and particularly ZinfandelRead the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Dashe and Matt Cline prepare for Iron Chefs

ZAP’s Iron Chefs: Mike Dashe and Matt Cline

Did you know that Mike Dashe, co-owner and winemaker of Dashe Cellars, went to enology school at UC Davis with Matt Cline, co-owner and winemaker of Three Wine Company? Years ago, Mike was on a Bay cruise with Matt and Erin Cline (Matt’s wife), hosted by a foil and cork company, where he met his wife. Erin, who is co-owner of Three Wine Company with Matt, has served on the ZAP Board since 2001 and was a founding co-chair of ZAP’s annual Zinfandel Festival Winemakers’ Dinner and Auction , shared this little tidbit with me during Iron Chefs Zin, where Mike and Matt recently got together to compete for bragging rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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