Grand Tasting
Food at the Grand Tasting
Heritage Lounge
Meet the Makers Roundtables
Participating Wineries
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
11am - 5pm
San Francisco, CA

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Grand Tasting

The weekend’s main event is the Grand Tasting, where you will meet the winemakers at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world and experience a selection of sumptuous culinary samples from restaurants and winery chefs. Your tasting journey will take you on an expedition of growing regions, winemaking styles, and latest releases. Be prepared for new activities and surprises.

Grand Tasting Food!  Sharing the spotlight at the Grand Tasting are culinary creations from highly acclaimed estate chefs and restaurants. Included with admission, you will delight in these sophisticated samples paired with the wines. Other selections will inspire you to explore the hundreds of Zinfandels being served to see which one compliments the food best.  Complimentary with ticket purchase.

Ticket Options


11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
For all day ticket holders, the doors open with wineries welcoming you to private reserve, barrel samples and wines with limited availability. You’ll sample special epicurean bites from estate chefs, and enjoy relaxed conversations with celebrity winemakers about their wine and Zinfandel’s food pairing virtues.

ZAP Members $150 Early Bird through September 30 is $130

Public $180



1:00 – 5:00 PM (for ZAP members)

2:00 – 5:00 PM (public)

The afternoon tasting highlights over 500 different wines poured by 120 of the best Zinfandel producers. Throughout the tasting, you can meet many of the great winemakers—legends who have helped make Zinfandel into California’s cult grape and the rising stars carrying Zinfandel into the future.

ZAP Members $70

Public $80

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Estate Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson

Food offering: Smoked Chicken, Dried Cherries, Fennel, Grain Mustard, and Five Peppercorn Goat Cheese Crostini

Chef Chad utilizes local organically and sustainably-grown products to create fresh seasonal recipes to pair with Artezin Zinfandel. Chad strives to individually pair the unique flavors and textures in each of our wines with complementary flavor combinations in the dishes he creates. http://www.artezinwines.comEstate Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson
Napa Website

Chef and Owner Francesco Torre

Food offering: Purses of Angel Wing Cookie and Smoked Heritage Turkey with Nettles and Russian River Valley Lemon Zest

Canneti prides itself on using the freshest local ingredients available to create a unique blend of Tuscan and Californian cuisine.Chef and Owner Francesco Torre
Forestville Website

Estate Chef Mary Roy

Food offering: BBQ Corn Cake Minis with Zinfandel Glaze

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, Cāpo Creek Ranch is a peaceful oasis from the hectic pace of everyday life. The cāpo is a symbol that for us joins love, laughter, music and, of course, great wine. We are blessed with abundant sunshine, rich soils, and a stellar team. It is no surprise our wines taste so good! Estate Chef Mary Roy
Healdsburg Website

Culinary Arts Department

Food offering: Lamb Merguez bites

Pairing food and wine since 1936, the Culinary Arts Dept develops talent through 4 kitchens, 2 restaurants, a bake shop, & the wine education partnership with ZAP.Culinary Arts Department Website

Chef Rob Larman

Food offering: Carolina Pork Sliders with a Radish Slaw w/ Couchon Volant Sonoma BBQ Sauce

For over 25 years, Chef Rob Larman has been a creator of memorable food experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a chef and restaurateur, he has worked at some of the Bay Area’s highest profile kitchens such as Kuleto’s in San Francisco and Casa Madrona in Sausalito. His purpose in life has always been to create fresh, flavorful, locally sourced dining experiences for people.Chef Rob Larman
Sonoma Website

Jim Burridge

Food offering: Pulled Chicken Sliders and Pork sliders with Kinder's Fairfield Award Winning BBQ Sauce

Three generations of hard work and family pride began in 1946 when John Kinder opened his first market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo. The combination of Kinder's products with a passion to make every customer feel at home has made them a thriving successJim Burridge
Fairfield Website

Executive Chef Mark Dommen
San Francisco

Special food offering from 11AM - 2PM: Smoked Duck Sausage with Mushroom Ragout

In 1993, One Market Restaurant’s debut was one of the most eagerly anticipated in San Francisco. Since then, One Market has become the standard for sophisticated dining in the city. Executive Chef Mark Dommen
San Francisco Website

Chef Danny Murcia
San Francisco

Special food offering from 11AM - 2PM: Duck Confit with Smoked Almond and Onion Marmalade and Pickled Cherries

"Parigo" translates from Esperanto, the international language developed in the 1940's, to "pairing." At Parigo, they begin with a wine list and create dishes to pair with the wines, instead of the more traditional reverse approach. They feel this showcases their wines, allowing them to shine alongside dishes that are their perfect pairings.Chef Danny Murcia
San Francisco Website

Executive Chef Peter Janiak

Food offering: Smoked Duck Breast and Liver Mousse Crostini with Pomegranate Jam and Pickled Mustard Seed

Peter’s respect for the family business and desire to work in Sonoma County with some of the finest ingredients in the world, many grown in the family’s gardens, brought him to Seghesio.Executive Chef Peter Janiak
Healdsburg Website

Estate Chef Bryan Jones
Santa Rosa

Food offering: Duck Confit Rillette, Blaukraut, Zinfandel-Orange Mustard on Rye Crostini

At St. Francis, Chef Jones masterfully pairs his creative dishes with St. Francis’ award winning wines. His goal with each pairing is to achieve a sense of balance and harmony, making sure both the wine and food enhance one another and the best components of each shine through.Estate Chef Bryan Jones
Santa Rosa Website

Estate Chef Deirdre Francis

Food offering: Simoncini Vineyards winery Chef Deirdre Francis pairs Estate Artisan Wines with seasonal foods offering "Cicheti" (Chee-keh-tee) a tradition found in Venice where seasonal farm to fork specialties are paired throughout the year. "Le Quattro Stagioni". A favorite pairing found on the Summer "Cicheti" Menu is a Muffuletta. This Italian inspired sandwich begins with Simoncini Vineyards Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a savory blend of olives and fire roasted peppers layered on a Ciabatta bread with Uncle John's uncured Genovese Salami, Mortadella, Ham and Provolone Cheese. Paired with our Estate Zinfandel. Salute and Buon Appetito!

Simoncini Vineyards is a destination winery built solely by local artisans with vision, passion and attention to detail. Their limited production wines are available only to their wine club members and direct from the winery.Estate Chef Deirdre Francis
Healdsburg Website

Chef and Owner Tracey and Mark Berkner

Food offering: White Bean and Winter Squash Cake, Sage, Ginger, Lemon Zest

Amador County's best dining experience is on Main Street, Plymouth, the gateway to the Amador Wine Country. Taste has been selected as one of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.Chef and Owner Tracey and Mark Berkner
Plymouth Website

Chef Manuel Hewitt
San Francisco

Special food offering from 11AM - 2PM: Goat Cheese and aged Gouda Crostini with Italian Speck and Roasted Cranberry Salsa

Go to the Barrel Room for the wine and the food; stay for the secret speakeasy underneath the main floor (it's called The HogsHead Reserve). The Barrel Room is a great Financial District spot to meet friends or colleagues after work. The rotating wine menu focuses on a new region every three months, and wines are served by the glass or as flights.Chef Manuel Hewitt
San Francisco Website

Executive Chef/Partner Matthew Dolan
San Francisco

Food offering: Mini Composed Salad of Duck Confit, Griottines, Roasted Fennel and Frisee

Twenty Five Lusk, in San Francisco’s SOMA district, combines a dynamic restaurant, lounge, and bar offering creative cuisine, beautiful domestic and international wines, and inspired cocktails.Executive Chef/Partner Matthew Dolan
San Francisco Website

Estate Chef Gerardo Sainato
St. Helena

Food offering: Classic Pate’ of Foie Gras with Sun-dried Figs Marinate with Honey and V.Sattui Port . Creamy Polenta served with Veal Osso Buco

Gerardo Sainato grew up with the fruits of the ‘farm to table’ Mediterranean tradition. He continues this tradition as Executive Chef at V. Sattui Winery where he and his team create fresh foods daily. Before coming to V. Sattui, Gerardo graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Rome, then began his culinary career as a chef at the prestigious and historic Ristorante Celestina in Rome.Estate Chef Gerardo Sainato
St. Helena Website
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Heritage Lounge at the Grand Tasting is offered exclusively as a ZAP Heritage Club member benefit. The Lounge will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Served tastings of highly-allocated Zinfandels are featured as you relax and take in the view, while enjoying nibbles and treats, and talk with winemakers who will drop by throughout the day. Add a Heritage Club membership to your ticket order, or contact the ZAP office for assistance.

Complimentary for ZAP Heritage Club+ members with ticket purchase

Thank you to our furnishings sponsor:

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Meet the Maker Roundtables  1:00 – 4:00 PM   This is speed dating for wine lovers. These short sessions provide guests and the winemaker an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun and informal setting. With only a handful of people seated around the table, the winemaker shares their wine and tells stories about how it was made. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and discover new ways to enjoy Zinfandel.

Complimentary with ticket purchase. Onsite registration only

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
San Francisco, CA

ZinEX brings winemakers and enthusiasts together to showcase Zinfandel’s classic character and diversity for any occasion, whether it’s with burgers, fine dining, or simply sipping with friends. The weekend’s main event is Saturday’s Grand Tasting where attendees meet winemakers during the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and Zinfandel blends in the world. Experience face-to-face tastings with celebrated winemakers from over 110 wineries. The spacious open floor plan and panoramic views of the bay create a perfect backdrop for getting to know Zinfandel.

Participating Wineries
Accademia dei Racemi Alexander Valley Vineyards Amador Cellars Angry Bunch Wines Armida Winery Artezin Ballentine Vineyards Bear Flag Winery Bedrock Wine Company Bella Grace Vineyards Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves Beran Wines Berryessa Gap Vineyards Buena Vista Winery Capo Creek Winery Carol Shelton Wines Cedarville Vineyard Chacewater Winery Chase Cellars Chateau Montelena Winery Chronic Cellars Cline Cellars D-cubed Cellars Dashe Cellars David Clinton Wines Day Zinfandel Dry Creek Vineyard Easton Winery Edmeades Winery Elyse Winery Erostasia Wines Fields Family Wines Four Vines Winery Francis Ford Coppola Winery Fritz Winery Gamba Vineyards and Winery Goldschmidt Vineyards Green and Red Vineyards Grey Wolf Vineyards and Cellars Grgich Hills Estate Hartford Family Winery Hendry Wines Hook & Ladder Winery Howell Mountain Vineyards J Dusi Wines J. Rickards Winery & Vineyards Jessie's Grove Winery Kokomo Winery Ledson Winery & Vineyards Leonard Wine Company Limerick Lane Cellars m2 Wines Mazzocco Winery McCay Cellars McNab Ridge Winery Michael-David Winery Mike and Molly Hendry Miraflores Winery Miro Cellars Mitchell Katz WInery Murphy-Goode Oak Farm Vineyards Oak Ridge Winery Opolo Vineyards Peachy Canyon Winery Pedroncelli Winery Peterson Winery Pezzi King Vineyards Plungerhead Proulx Wines Quivira Vineyards Ravenswood Redhaus Wines Renwood Winery Ridge Vineyards Robert Biale Vineyards Rock Wall Wine Company Rodney Strong Vineyards Rombauer Vineyards Rosenblum Cellars Rotta Winery Saddleback Cellars Sbragia Family Vineyards Scott Harvey Wines Scotto Cellars Seghesio Family Vineyards Selby Winery Simoncini Vineyards St. Amant Winery St. Anne's Crossing Winery St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Steele Wines Talty Vineyards & Winery Terra d'Oro Wines Three Wine Company Tin Barn Vineyards Tom Mackey Cellars Tonti Family Wines Trentadue Tres Sabores Turley Wine Cellars T-Vine Winery V. Sattui Winery Vino Noceto Wilson Artisan Wineries Zialena Winery Zin-Phomaniac
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