A Showcase of Zinfandels
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
City College of San Francisco, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies Program
Ocean Avenue Campus
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco
(Free and Easy Parking)
Tickets are limited to 150 and will sell out quickly.
Click here to download the printed program
Prepare for take-off...
Take a seat and buckle-up to embark on a voyage of discovery. Your crew at our intimate, seminar-style setting will include the intrepid men and women winemakers and owners who grow and craft these remarkable wines. The City College of San Francisco Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies program will create delights for your taste buds to savor during the walk-around Zinfandel reception following the seminar.
2009 Featured Sit-Down Tasting Sessions
Zin Loves Company...Zinfandel & Its Friends
Unmask your passion for the art of Zinfandel winemaking and taste some of the finest selections of Zinfandel produced. The Zinfandel grape offers winemakers a wide range of flavor profiles, and Zinfandel history is steeped in blending tradition. From the earliest California plantings, growers added to the vineyard "field blends" of different grape varietals to enhance the character of their Zinfandel wines. Discover the different varietals and blending techniques used by our experts to craft their Zinfandels. How do winemakers do that? Is it just the grapes, is it winemaking magic, or a combination of both? Decide for yourself in this exciting session.
Participating Wineries for Zin Loves Company
Will Bucklin, Vintner
Bucklin, Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel
Mike Lamborn, Owner
Lamborn Family Winery
Scott Harvey, Winemaker
Scott Harvey Wines
Ryan Zepaltas, Winemaker
Novy Family Wines
Christian Tietje, Winemaker
Four Vines Winery
Ulises Valdez, Winemaker
Valdez Family Winery
Blending with the Masters...You are "Winemaker for a Day"
Session Leader, Barbara Spelletich, Winemaker, Spelletich Cellars
To blend or not to blend, that is the question. Try it for yourself! As "Winemaker for a Day" you will create your own Zinfandel from samples of varietals utilized in Zinfandel winemaking. The winemakers participating at Flights will join you as "master-blenders" to guide and encourage your winemaking abilities, perhaps revealing the secrets to their success.
Rare Zinfandel Tasting Walkabout!
Your exciting day will culminate in a "walkabout" tasting featuring over 30 exceptional wines not to be poured at the other Festival events. Discuss these wines with the winemaker and principals from the participating wineries. Think of it as having your very own intimate version of the Saturday Grand Tasting.
Arouse your senses with Zinfandel in this tasting walkabout! See the vibrant color and clarity; smell the earth, fruit and spices; hear tales of the vineyard and the creation of the wines; taste the beauty of California's historic wine and connect to styles as you explore the different growing regions.
Participating Walkabout Wineries
Our participating wineries for the walkabout reception will be listed on this page under Participating Wineries as they are confirmed. Participating wineries are subject to change.
Food to go with the Walkabout
A delicious array of designer appetizers prepared by the culinary students will be offered that complement the Zinfandels.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
No. Tickets to this event are sold in advance. No tickets are available through the City College of San Francisco. Seating is limited and will sell out.
When should I arrive?
The event will start promptly at 2 p.m. Please arrive early and allow time to park and walk to the Smith Hall Building. The walkabout tasting reception follows the seminar at 4:30 p.m.
How do I dress for the event?
Dress comfortably and be prepared to sit for periods of time in a classroom setting.
Free and Easy Parking!
How do I get there?
Click here for Directions & Maps page.
Collaboration with City College
ZAP has established a scholarship fund through the Heritage Projects to support and expand the wine courses taught at City College and to aid students interested in enology, wine service and wine education.
Click here for more information on the Live and Silent Auctions.
Winery participation subject to change.
Last updated: January 11, 2009
New Moderator Announced for Flights!
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"Sommelier to the Stars" is
an internationally-renowned sommelier, wine journalist, consultant, critic and public speaker, Christopher Sawyer travels the world following trends in wine and participating as a judge in international wine competitions, and has been featured in a wide array of national media, including USAToday, MSN, NBC, ABC, CNN, Redbook, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler and Esquire. Christopher is currently sommelier-in-residence at the Carneros Bistro & Wine
Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards and industry honors. He is also co-founder of WineRadius.com