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By Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director

Reflecting back over the past year, it’s hard to believe 2012 is coming to an end (and we’re still here—yeah!).  There’s lots of excitement in the air relating to Zinfandel. Two interesting articles on Zinfandel recently ran in major publications: San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. This last harvest was a great one by any measure. Zinfandel winemakers are buzzing about featuring their new releases at Zinfandel Festival 2013. Indeed, with only 30 days until the Zinfandel Festival, we are all looking forward to our biggest event of the year.

A Great Year for Zinfandel

A Great Year for Zinfandel

The Zinfandel Festival has long been regarded as a bench-mark event, which we are proud to make happen every January. During this time, the ZAP office is busy putting together winery badges, coordinating with our wonderful volunteers, laying out the building and organizing the myriad of details. Each of the four events is distinguished by a theme: at our kick-off on January 31, Epicuria is focused on Zinfandel and wine pairings. The Flights event will focus on historic vineyards, our much-heralded Winemakers’ Dinner allows for a personal evening with the winemakers, and finally on February 2, the Grand Tasting features over 200 wineries, pouring their very finest Zinfandels. There’s so much more—the chance to catch up with winemakers, see friends who come from near and far and, of course, experience the wine! 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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