Sunday, Mar 27, 2022
Sunday, Mar 27, 2022
10:00am - 12:00pm
San Francisco, CA

At the Palace Hotel

Ignite your desire for learning at this seated seminar tasting. You will taste a total of 12 wines from three iconic California Zinfandel growing regions, presented by our rotating cast of acclaimed winemakers in an interview style format. We’ll take you on a revealing ride of discovery, delving into the history and science behind the flavors of Zinfandel. To add an element of “intrigue,” the wines will be tasted blind—even the panelists won’t know which of the wines is theirs! The big reveal will come at the end of each flight. You’ll also learn ways to explore the Zinfandel Trail for your next visit to California wine country. Flights provides unique insight into the Zinfandel varietal and allows you to experience the true character of the wines through the eyes of experts.

New This Year! Esther Mobley, Wine Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle joins Flights as Acclaimed Guest Moderator

Esther Mobley will be teaming up with Joel Peterson, proprietor of Once & Future and founder of Ravenswood Winery, to serve as guest moderator. Over the past ten years, Joel has been the Flights moderator and guiding light. For our 2022 event, we are thrilled to have Esther join us to lead the sessions and interview the winemakers, accompanied by Joel.

Participating Winemakers and Wines to be Presented*

Amador County

Andis Wines  – Lorenzo Muslia presenting the 2019 Original Grandpere
Easton Wines – Bill Easton presenting the 2019 “E” Rice-MacDonald Vineyard
Rombauer Vineyards- Michael Coode presenting the 2019 Fiddletown
Turley Wine Cellars – Tegan Passalacqua presenting the 2019 Judge Bell

Napa Valley

Green and Red – Tobin Heminway presenting the 2019 Tip Top Vineyard
Grgich Hills Estate – Ivo Jeramaz presenting the 2019 Miljenko’s Old Vine
Robert Biale Vineyards – Bob Biale presenting the 2019 Aldo’s Vineyard
Tres Sabores – Julie Johnson presenting the 2019 Rutherford Estate

Russian River Valley (Sonoma County)

Bacigalupi Vineyards – Ashley Herzberg presenting the 2019 Russian River Valley
Martinelli Winery – Courtney Wagoner presenting the 2019 Vellutini Ranch
Rock Wall Wine Co – Shauna Rosenblum presenting the 2019 Alegria Vineyard
Williams Selyem – Jeff Mangahas presenting the 2019 Saitone Estate

* Not necessarily listed in final presentation order


Wine critic Esther Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina. She studied English literature at Smith College.


Joel Peterson was the Winemaker of Ravenswood 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. Once and Future Wine Company is a return to the original vision he had for Ravenswood so many years ago. It’s a project that specializes in wines from special vineyards made with a sensitivity to place and in a style that he personally loves. ZAP is fortunate to have had Joel moderate the Flights event since 2010.

  California Zinfandel Trail Tasting Series

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