Flights! Program
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

A seated seminar-style tasting with themed flights for the true wine aficionado! Delve into the personalities and science behind the flavors of Zinfandel.

Mixed Black Magic

What is the magic in many of California’s old vine Zinfandels? Some would argue that it is the same element that makes these wines uniquely Californian. That element is the “mixed blacks” that support, shape and enhance the flavor and character of Zinfandel. What is a “mixed black” vineyard and why are they such an important part of the Zinfandel story?

Discover for yourself when you join us at this year’s Flights! We will focus on three significant varietials – Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet – as we explore where the grapes come from and what each adds to the character of the wine. Winemakers will join Moderator, Joel Peterson to guide you through a tasting and share their thoughts on the magic of mixed blacks.

Moderator Joel Peterson | Founding Winemaker Ravenswood Winery

Joel Peterson has been the Winemaker of Ravenswood since 1976 and is a founding member of ZAP, having served as two-time President. Joel unwittingly embarked on his winemaking apprenticeship at the age of ten when he began tasting with the San Francisco Wine Sampling Club, organized and operated by his father. Joel works with 100+ growers who provide grapes for Ravenswood annually, consulting on all aspects of vineyard management. Joel relates equally well to the poetry and the product that forms the basis of winemaking today. ZAP is fortunate to have had Joel moderate the Flights event since 2010.


Member: $85

Public: $99

First Flight
100% Zinfandel

Day Zinfandel  – Ehren Jordan

Easton Wines – Bill Easton

Hendry Wines – Mike Hendry

McCay Cellars – Michael McCay

Second Flight

Bedrock Wine Co. – Morgan Twain-Peterson

Ravenswood – Gary Sitton

Ridge Vineyards – Eric Baugher

Third Flight
Petite Sirah

Beekeeper Cellars – Ian Blackburn

Matrix Winery – Diane Wilson

Turley Wine Cellars – Tegan Passalaqua

Fourth Flight
Alicante Bouschet

Hartford Family Winery – Tiaan Lordan

Once & Future – Joel Peterson

St. Amant Winery – Stuart Spencer

*Program speakers subject to change

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