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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 www.zinfandel.org 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

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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

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 »

Zinfandel is now renowned as America’s Heritage wine, but it first developed a reputation for fine wine as early as 1860 in California’s North Coast Region. The Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard Project is an unprecedented collection of rare and famous Zinfandel vine cuttings grown throughout California.  2.18 tons of Zinfandel from The Heritage Vineyard at UC Davis’ Viticultural Station in Oakville were harvested on September 26.

“It was a great growing season; the fruit looked to be at optimal ripeness. Zin is notoriously uneven ripening, and we managed to catch the field before we had too many raisins.  I expect the finished wine to show very vibrant, juicy fruit character,” winemaker Chris Leamy told us.

Here’s a video we created with photos taken while harvest was happening:

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