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"Tuscan Farmhouse Holiday" with Day of Touring Chianti
I Could Use a Trip...
The allure of Italy is calling the lucky bidder of this lot! In Tuscany, the horizons are studded with centuries-old villas and stately cypress trees; roads wind through vineyards and olive orchards and in this slice of earthly bliss, the sun seems to shine brighter. Every village is crammed with ancient stone buildings and shops selling prosciutto, pecorino and fresh ravioli. A week-long visit—especially in spring or fall, when temperatures are mild and roads unclogged—is the perfect way to indulge in Tuscany’s glorious scenery and celebrated food and wines. You and up to 9 friends will travel abroad for a 7-day, 6-night stay at La Malpensatina, situated in Radda-Chianti, the heart of Tuscany. This 400-year old stone farmhouse, gracefully decorated to match the splendor of the region, is perfectly situated for your plunge into a world of unique tastes, colours and aromas. The farmhouse is situated on a 30-acre vineyard, approximately one hour south of Florence and 30 minutes north of Siena. To kick-off your Tuscany travels, you’ll have a day to discover the the beauty of the Tuscan country-side and fascinating Chianti region with your private car, driver and guide, visiting some of our favourite spots. Your first stop is a can’t-miss great food experience at the Cecchini Butcher Shop, located in Panzano. Dario Cecchini descends from a long line of butchers and has recreated an antique-style macelleria on the site of the family shop, which was destroyed during the war. As well as being an extremely creative butcher and an excellent cook, he's a showman who has done a lot to support Panzano and traditional food. Dario is also famous promoter for bistecca alla fiorentina (steak Florentine). Your day of site-seeing wouldn’t be complete without a winery stop. And, this isn’t just any ordinary winery. At your visit to Castello Della Paneretta (The Castle), you will engage your senses during your private visit to this ancient site. Enjoy a tour of centennial cellars, followed by a guided tasting of wines and olive oil, accompanied by a selection of typical Tuscan farm producers and local specialities. Here, admire the historical rooms of the castle and wonderful sixteen-century frescos of Florentine painter Bernardino Poccetti, and take in in the magnificent view of the countryside surrounding the castle. Need we say more? Gather your family and friends and set a date for this trip of a lifetime!

Lot includes:
7 days/6 nights stay at La Malpensatina, Tuscany, Italy
(Villa has one king suite, two bedrooms each with one queen bed and 2 bedrooms each with two twin beds).
1 full-day of touring in Tuscany (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), including car, driver and guide for up to 6
(including stop at Ceccini Butcher Shop with local product tasting and stop at Castello Della Paneretta for a private visit, tasting wines and olive oil, accompanied by a selection of farm products)
1 case of premium Peachy Canyon Zinfandels

Donated by: Peachy Canyon Winery, Noreen Martin, Martin Resorts, and Alpine Travel of Saratoga

Restrictions: Reservation date is to be mutually agreed upon within 60 days of event and subject to availability. Air, ground transportation and meals, except as listed, are not included. Expires June 30, 2014. Additional limitations and restrictions may apply.
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3-Day Getaway with Mazzocco Sonoma
Do you long for an escape to a hidden wine country wonderland? Dream of waking up surrounded by vineyards, enjoying the pastoral serenity of the Dry Creek Valley? Then, fulfill your fantasy as you and 5 guests make the journey to Mazzocco Winery in Northern Sonoma, nestled between the acclaimed Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys for three days of relaxation, and exploration. Up arrival, settle in for your two-night stay at this comfy three-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse sanctuary overlooking the vineyards, where you can relax with a game of bocce or just soak in the view. After a restful night’s sleep, it’s off to trek in the vineyards with your host, acclaimed Winemaker Antoine Favero, whose savoir-faire is matched by his knowledge and gracious hospitality, for an in-depth tour and gourmet picnic lunch. Day three ends with a private barrel tasting and winery tour of the cellar and winemaking facility. The winning bidder will also receive A Trio of Zinfandels – a 3L bottle of each: Juan Rodriguez, Antoine Philippe & Kenneth Carl Special Reserves.
Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights for 3 couples at Mazzocco Winery Guesthouse on either June 7 & 8, 2013 or mutually agreed upon date
Honorary Wine Club Members for the weekend, including joining the Winemaker Vineyard Picnic on Saturday, June 8, 2013 for 6 guests, OR a private Winemaker Vineyard Picnic on a mutually agreed upon date
Private barrel tasting & winery tour for 6 with winemaker
A trio of Zinfandels – 3L bottle of each: Juan Rodriguez, Antoine Philippe & Kenneth Carl Special Reserves

Restrictions: Lot is for a total of 2 nights for 3 people. Reservations must be arranged on mutually agreed upon date, if weekend of June 7 & 8 is not selected.
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Alderbrook--Road Less Traveled in Dry Creek Valley
You and 3 friends have arrived in the heart of picturesque Dry Creek Valley when you visit Alderbrook Vineyards for a memorable 2-night sojourn with a deluxe 2-bedroom guest residence in the middle of scenic vineyards. Once settled in, join celebrated winemaker Brian Parker and wander through the cellar, tasting their collection of small-production, single vineyard Zinfandels, not available anywhere but at the winery. As part of this guided exploration, you will savor artisan cheeses that are paired perfectly with the wines to fully appreciate the passion that goes into each bottle. Following your tasting, you’ll be invited by your hosts Brian and his wife, Kathleen, to gather at the table for a stunningly catered dinner, accompanied by an array of Alderbrook wines. After a restful sleep, the following day you can take time to explore the countryside and relax in fabulous wine country. Depart from your haven in the vineyard with a case of Zinfandel for each couple, a cozy fleece pullover, plus a magnum (1.5L) for each couple.

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights for 2 couples
Tour and tasting paired with artisan cheeses
Dinner with winemaker
Each couple to receive a case of current release Zinfandel
Each couple to receive a signed magnum (1.5L)
Each person to receive an Alderbrook branded fleece pullover

Donated by: Alderbrook Winery

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Ancient Peaks--Appointment with Destiny
An extraordinary weekend escape awaits you and 5 friends in Paso Robles wine country. Your 3-night stay begins when you reach your beachfront destination in the charming hamlet of Cayucos, where dazzling ocean views are accompanied by a colorful collection of fine restaurants and artisan shops. As guests of Ancient Peaks Winery, you’ll feel right at home in this attractive house with large, open living and dining rooms that look out floor to ceiling windows to the beach. Here, miles of open sand invite you to truly get away from it all. Then—get ready for a thrilling ride when you and your guests will be treated to the Central Coast’s most rousing attraction—the Zipline Canopy tours at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, home of Ancient Peaks Winery’s Margarita Vineyard. Hosted by Margarita Adventures, these tours feature 4 Ziplines spanning 3,000 total feet—including the epic 1,300 foot Renegade Zipline. You’ll also travel back to the roots of winemaking from ground to glass as you journey on a private tour of the Margarita Vineyard on the Santa Margarita Ranch estate with the winemaker or one of the owners. From Indian tribes to gun-slingers and priests, remarkable geological features to cutting-edge sustainable winegrowing practices, discover the unique sense of place that shapes the wines.
Then, experience the transformative power of pairing food from the savory to the sweet—a selection chosen to bring out the best in each wine. This perfect location has given way to some of the finest wines coming out of Paso Robles, according to Tasting Panel Magazine. Each couple takes away a mixed case of Ancient Peaks’ wines to enjoy throughout your unforgettable weekend!

Lot includes:
Beachfront house that sleeps 10 with 1 king, 2 sets of bunks, 2 twin beds and a queen sofa sleeper, includes washer/dryer, internet access for 3-nights
Zipline Canopy Tour for 6 guests
Private tour and tasting with winemaker or owner for 6 guests paired with gourmet foods
Each couple to receive 1 mixed case of Ancient Peaks’ wines
Winning bidder to receive a 6 bottle vertical of 750’s of 2005 thru 2010 Zinfandel

Donated by: Ancient Peaks Winery
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Benessere--Romancing Napa Valley
Are you and your sweetheart yearning for three nights of stylish leisure in Napa Valley—then this dream holiday is for you! Benessere Vineyards in St. Helena will greet you with warm hospitality when you join Winemaker Leo Martinez on a private tour and barrel tasting to enjoy Benessere’s Italian inspired wines in their charming, yellow barn-style winery surrounded by roses and vineyards, relaxing in the comfortable pace of wine country living. Following your tasting, you will check-in to the Mount View Hotel and Spa to experience the respite you deserve! Here, the beauty, wine, style, cuisine and the natural hot springs come together in the quaint enclave of Calistoga. Your suite—the Benessere Vineyards Suite, of course! This King Suite boasts luxurious accommodations with all the amenities for your 3-night stay, including a bottle of wine upon arrival. And, when your trip is but a sweet memory, you’ll have a grand collection of Benessere Zinfandels to savor that you will take with you tonight: a case of 2009 Black Glass Zinfandel, a case of 2010 Holystone Collins Old Vine Zinfandel, three magnums (1.5L) of 2009 Black Glass Zinfandel and three magnum (1.5L) of 2010 Holystone Collins Old Vine Zinfandel. This lot is all about the romance—it may not be Paris—but Paris has nothing on this tasteful living!

Lot includes:
Private tour and barrel tasting with winemaker for 2 guests
Overnight accommodations for 3 nights for 2 guests at the Mount View Hotel & Spa
1 case of 2009 Black Glass Zinfandel
1 case of 2010 Holystone Collins Old Vine Zinfandel
3 magnums (1.5L) of 2009 Black Glass Zinfandel
3 magnums (1.5L) of 2010 Holystone Collins Old Vine Zinfandel

Donated by: Benessere Vineyards
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D-cubed Cellars--Napa-Valley Meet-Up
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…
You’ve arrived when you and 3 guests gather together in Napa with Duane Dappen, Winemaker and owner of D-cubed Cellars for an inviting and intriguing visit in the majestic town of Napa. You’ll be a captive to Duane’s hospitality as he lures you upstairs at the Vintner’s Collective for a private tasting of his wines, regaling you with his winemaking philosophy—is it destiny or mere chance—you’ll be the judge. Then, it’s off to a delicious dinner created by Michael Gvetvan, owner and chef at Azzurro Pizzeria Enoteca. Duane will pull a selection of his wines for the perfect pairings. Your accommodations then beacon at La Casita in Napa for 2 nights. This adorable, cozy Spanish-style home has 2 bedrooms and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants for enchanted exploration. But wait, there’s more! For your second evening, take in dinner at Cole’s Chop House—a classic American steak house featuring dry-aged prime steaks, certified Angus beef New Zealand lamb and fresh seafood, enhanced with 2 bottles of D-cubed Cellars wines. Plus, take home 2 magnum (1.5L) of D-cubed Zinfandel, signed by Duane for you to enjoy. Here’s looking at you, kid!
Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights for 2 couples at La Casita in Napa
Tasting with winemaker for 4 guests, plus dinner with winemaker for 4 guests at Azzurro Pizzaria
2nd night, dinner for 4 at Cole’s Chop House in downtown Napa with 2 bottles of D-cubed wine
2 Magnum (1.5L) of D-cubed Zinfandel signed by winemaker
Donated by: D-cubed Cellars, Vintner's Collective, Azzurro PIzzaria and Enoteca
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Dogwood Cellars--As Time Goes By
It’s a dog’s life when you and 3 friends hook-up with Doug Hackett, owner of Dogwood Cellars, for an outing of touring, tasting and dining, packed with revelry. Doug believes the only thing better than sharing a great bottle of wine with friends is making a great bottle of wine with friends and you’ll have the chance taste the fruits from his labors of love. First-up on your excursion is a barrel tasting of the 2011 and 2012 Zinfandels. Then, it’s onto dinner with Doug at Ravenous Café in Healdsburg, an intimate dining experience that seats only 20 people. The hand-written menu at Ravenous changes daily and offers an eclectic mix of seasonal fare that will match Doug’s wines exquisitely. The kitchen is open to the tables so you can smell, see, and hear the food being prepared. At the end of your evening, the fundamental things will apply when you depart with a happy heart, full stomach and 6 cases of Dogwood Cellars 2010 Sargenti Vineyards Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel! You’re sure to remember this lot…as time goes by!

Lot includes:
Private barrel tasting for 4 with winemaker
Dinner at Ravenous Café in Healdsburg with winemaker for 4
6 cases of Dogwood Cellars 2010 Sargenti Vineyards Old Vine Mendocino

Donated by: Dogwood Cellars
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First-Time Ever—Skiing with The Producers for 10 and Etched 12L Big Bottle Blend
This is the can’t-miss chance for the ski and wine enthusiast to combine your passions (but not at the same time, please!). A group of up to 10 aficionados will come together in Bear Valley to spend the day with 3 renowned Zinfandel producers of Lodi: Dave Phillips (Michael David), Tim Holdener (Macchia), and Michael McCay (McCay Cellars). After hitting the morning slopes (it’s been one of the best ski seasons in years), catch your breath and enjoy a delightfully catered lunch provided by one of the local ski restaurants and paired with delectable wines from these producers while you catch up on the last Lodi harvest, compare skiing techniques and get to know these trail blazers. And that’s not all…the lucky auction winner will come away with a first-time-ever bottling of an etched 12L Zinfandel blend of the 3 wineries, plus a mixed case of some of their top-tier Zins. We can’t vouch for their skiing abilities, but with these Lodi producers, it’s no slippery slope appreciating their passion for Zinfandel.

Lot includes:
Ski lift tickets for up to 10 guests, along with any needed rentals at Bear Valley
Lunch for up to 10 guests
One etched 12L Zinfandel blend of Michael David, Macchia and McCay Zinfandels
One mixed case of wine from the producers

Donated by: Michael David Winery, Macchia and McCay Cellars
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Hendry Winery--Down and Dirty in the Vineyard in Napa
Mike Hendry of Hendry Wines and Mike & Molly Wine Company for 6
You and 5 friends will dig into some fascinating vineyard action when you join Mike Hendry at the Hendry Ranch in Napa. Meeting Mike in the morning, when the dew is still on the vines, you’ll head off to visit two locations: Hendry west in Napa and the historic Moore vineyard, located in east Napa. It’s a hands-on lesson, getting up-close and personal with head-trained, cordon-trained, old vines and young vines, while you discuss the pruning strategies and objectives for each type of vine. Along the way, you will learn insights into the ranch’s captivating history, remarkable natural features and winegrowing practices. After all that challenging activity, you’re sure to have worked-up an appetite and the Hendry Ranch will welcome you to rest your feet and hands with a decadent catered lunch and private wine tasting. Adjourn next door for your two-night stay at the charming Brookside Bed and Breakfast, a classic gracious country inn. This is the perfect place to unwind in beautiful, peaceful surroundings, but still close to the wineries and restaurants of the Napa Valley. Guests awake to fresh ground French roast coffee or a selection of teas. A full, gourmet breakfast is served between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. And, when the weather permits, breakfast may be served outdoors, under the gazebo, overlooking the pool and gardens. Breakfast always consists of a choice of juice and fruit, homemade breakfast breads, and an entrée, lovingly prepared by your hosts, Tom and Susan. Bon Appetit! And, for the winning bidder, a bounty of Zinfandel is included in this lot. A rare 3L Hendry Zinfandel, 2 Mike and Molly Hendry magnum (1.5L), 1 Hendry magnum, 1 case assorted Hendry Zinfandel 750ml, and 1 case of assorted Hendry Zinfandel 375ml. For the other two couples, they will have a magnum for each couple as well. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace your desire for discovery!

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights at Brookside Bed & Breakfast for 3 couples
Breakfast for 6 guests for 2 mornings
Lesson in Vine Pruning for 6 guests
Catered lunch for 6 guests
Private wine tasting for 6 guests
For the winning bidder:
3L of Hendry Zinfandel
2 Mike & Molly Hendry Magnum (1.5L)
1 Hendry Magnum
1 case of assorted Hendry Zinfandels 750ml
1 case of assorted Hendry Zinfandels 375ml
2 Magnum (1.5L) for 2 additional couples (1 each)

Donated by: Hendry Winery and Mike & Molly Hendry Wine Company

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Heritage Vineyard Etched 2011 Zinfandel 9L Bottle
Satisfy your thirst for Zinfandel with this one-of-a-kind bottle—the equivalent of 16 regular wine bottles! Winemaker Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines produced this wine from the Heritage Vineyard plantings of ancient, noble Zinfandel selections. It’s a living legacy of Zinfandel, showcasing the terroir of the Heritage Vineyard on a grand scale. This magnificent vessel, etched with the Heritage Vineyard label is a showpiece in its own right and available exclusively at the Winemakers’ Dinner Auction.

Lot includes:
1 Salmanazar (9L) etched 2011 Heritage Vineyard, produced by Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines (equivalent of 12 bottles)

Donated by: Scott Harvey Wines, TricorBraun WinePak, Monvera Glass Décor, Carpenter Creative
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Iron Chefs—The Ultimate Zinfandel Experience
The enthralling saga of friendly-rivalry continues at our firth annual ZAP Iron Chefs Competition when you and 5 friends heat up the kitchen, assisting your chef and winemaking team to victory. The top 2 bidders of this lot select their winemaker to team-up with either Matt Cline of Three Wine Company or Mike Dashe of Dashe Cellars and will be joined by a revered Bay Area Chef to round-out the match-up. Vying for bragging rights for the #1 Zinfandel pairing, these 2 teams will prepare a 3-course meal, designed around Zinfandel and a secret ingredient. Both teams will cook side-by-side at the NEW Chinatown/North Beach campus, a 14-story, multi-million-dollar glass and steel structure that houses the distinguished culinary department at the City College of San Francisco. This is your chance to compete with Bay Area culinary stars and join an Iron Chef’s lineup as you relish an evening of fun and food with plenty of Zinfandel flowing. The final menus will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges and then everyone will sit down to this extravagantly creative feast. If you don’t go home with the trophy, no worries—your hands will be holding other goodies from the evening!

Lot includes:
Event for 2 teams of 6 (top two bidders win; highest bidder gets dibs on picking team)
Dinner includes both teams’ menus, paired with Zinfandels
Selection of Zinfandels to take home night of event

Donated by: Three Wine Company, Dashe Cellars, Participating Chefs

Restrictions: Event will be scheduled on one of three mutually agreed upon Tuesdays in September 2013 (Sept 10, 17 or 24). Proceeds from this lot are split between ZAP & City College of SF Culinary Arts.
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It’s a Sure Bet on the MAG-nificent Seven—Plus One with Robert Biale Vineyards for 6
The winning bidder of this lot will gain an instant cellar of the 8 highly acclaimed Biale Napa Valley Zinfandels…in MAGNUMS, (all recently scored 90 to 95+ points by Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate). Here is your opportunity to acquire a totally unique assortment of the 8 Napa Valley Biale Zinfandels—in highly collectible, cellar-worthy 1.5 liter magnum format—each signed by the Biale founders, the growers, and winemaker and adorned with actual vine bud wood from each of these iconic vineyards (Aldo’s Vineyard, Varozza Vineyard, Old Crane Ranch, Grande Vineyard, Old Kraft Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard, Black Chicken and the legendary…R.W. Moore Vineyard).
Your winnings continue at the Biale winery estate in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District as you and 5 guests will be treated to a private barrel tasting and in-depth Biale Zinfandel retrospective, followed by an authentic wine country luncheon. Describing themselves as part farmers, part winemakers and part historic preservation society, this is an incomparable chance to while-away the afternoon with your hosts Bob Biale and Dave Pramuk, Biale owners, along with Steve Hall, Biale’s Winemaker. Then, it’s off to the Andaz Napa hotel, where you will encounter Napa in a whole new way. This sophisticated boutique property, located in the heart of downtown Napa, is bringing new life and a fresh attitude to the Napa Valley. Andaz Napa provides a dynamic environment for gathering with friends, creative comforts and natural elements, designed to enhance your Napa Valley experience.
Overnight accommodations for 1 night for 3 couples
8 magnums (1.5L) of Biale Zinfandels
Private barrel-tasting, plus lunch for 6

Donated by: Robert Biale Vineyards and Andaz Hotel

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Knucklehead Red Collection--Instant Oasis
Since its debut at ZAP in 2010, each year, Knuckleheads Doug Beckett, Nils Venge and John Ramsay have retreated to the cellar to create a truly unique Zinfandel! Delicately merging juice from multiple regions and blended to perfection by Zinfandel masters, by Peachy Canyon Winemaker Terry Culton and owner Doug Beckett, these coveted etched and hand-painted bottles can only be acquired through the ZAP auction. You’ll create your own sanctuary and have the right sized bottle for any occasion with these exclusive beauties. New this year: You and 3 friends will become honorary knuckleheads when you join Doug, Nils and John for their annual blending session. We’d give you more details, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy under penalty of transport to a desert island!

Lot includes:
1 etched 6L bottle of 2010 Knucklehead Red
1 etched 3L bottled of 2010 Knucklehead Red
1 etched magnum (1.5L) of 2010 Knucklehead Red
3 etched 750ml bottles of 2010 Knucklehead Red

Donated by: JR Wines, Peachy Canyon Winery, Saddleback Cellars

Restrictions: Knuckleheads will provide date and location of blending session up to 30 days in advance during 2013. Tentative location set for Saddleback Cellars in Napa Valley, but is subject to change.
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Mauritson Winery--Family Affair in Dry Creek Valley
Your destination: Stunningly beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Your reconnaissance mission: discovering the history and heritage of the Mauritson family, who have been growing grapes in Dry Creek valley since 1868. There’s no spying needed for you and 3 guests to relish a real “wine country weekend” as guests of Mauritson Family Winery. Upon your arrival at their idyllic guest house, you will be pulled into the ambiance of the dramatic views, as well as the warmth and vibrancy of this winery and family. When you’re ready for some exploits, embark on a VIP tour and tasting, followed by a true vineyard gourmet luncheon in the famous Rockpile Ridge Vineyard with the winemaker. The intrigue builds as you gather the secrets of what goes into making their award-winning wines. To conclude your assignment, you’ll receive a horizontal of Mauritson’s 2011 Rockpile Zinfandel magnum (1.5L) (1 each of Rockpile Ridge, Cemetery, Jack’s Cabin and Westphall Ridge). This weekend will leave you ready for the next episode in wine country adventures and what happens next is anybody’s guess!

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights for 2 couples
Private tour & tasting for 4 guests
Gourmet vineyard lunch for 4 guests with winemaker
4 magnums (1.5L) of Mauritson Family Wines

Donated by: Mauritson Wines
Restriction: Dates are submit to availability. Tour is weather permitting.
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Play It Once for Old Time’s Sake with Three Wine, Peachy Canyon & Hidden Oak B&B
Ramble down to road to meet Doug and Nancy Beckett of Peachy Canyon Winery along with Matt and Erin Cline of Three Wine Company at the Beckett's in Paso Robles. They'll welcome you and 7 friends on a Friday night and start the evening out right with a wine and cheese reception at the ranch house. You won’t need to leave a note to your apartment—these veteran hosts will know where to find you at your vineyard accommodations. Awake to breakfast before heading out to the bluff overlooking Mustang Springs Vineyard for a skeet shooting—shoot out. Don’t be shocked to find friendly gambling going on—what are the odds of hitting that target? That afternoon, explore the meandering back roads to taste the terroir of Zinfandel from Paso Robles. Then, rally back at the Beckett's home for private “club-style” access. Gather on the patio to watch Don and Valerie Patterson of Sonoma's Hidden Oak B&B prepare a paella banquet for you. Roll up your sleeves and join in the preparation or just sit back and watch while sipping the wines of Peachy and Three. After dinner, get set for the Doug Beckett Pool Tournament and some friendly rivalry before heading off to your vineyard accommodations once again. In this crazy world, anything can happen!

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodation for 2 nights for 4 couples
Friday night wine and cheese welcome reception for 8
Breakfast and Mimosas on Saturday morning for 8
Skeet Shooting for 8
Paella feast Saturday evening

Donated by: Peachy Canyon Winery, Three Wine Company and Hidden Oak B&B
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Proulx Wines--On the Farm with in Paso Robles
Prepare to be Proulx-isized! You and 7 of your friends will travel in style, through picturesque vineyards and expansive views, touring in your private limo with your guide and host, Proulx Winemaker Kevin Riley. Here, you’ll take in the history of El Paso de Robles, or "Pass of the Oaks," a community of 30,000, nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California, where the values and riches of the past are interwoven with the future. Paso Robles is a premier wine growing region, located close to mountains and beaches, and Kevin knows all the best hidden gems of the area. He’s also taken care of all the details—your limo tour will come complete with a picnic lunch for 8 guests. As the day winds down into the warm colors of sunset, you are invited to join Kevin and Genoa Riley for a scrumptious 4-course dinner at Villa Creek, paired with Proulx wines, of course! After a delightful evening chatting about your wine-tasting adventures of the day and comparing notes, you and your guests will “bunk down” for the night at Willow Creek Farm, staying on the grounds of Proulx. It’s a cozy one-room house with 4 queen-sized beds and 2 bathrooms—the perfect fit for a close group of friends or even a girl’s weekend getaway—sort of a bunk house layout! But wait…there’s more…the winning bidder will take home a 3L of 2009 Black Zinfandel and a 3L of 2010 Swiss Colina, along with a case of 2009 Proulx Zinfandels to keep the memories of this very special experience alive.
Lot Includes:
Limo tour or Paso Robles with winemaker and 8 guests
Picnic lunch for 8 guests
4-course dinner with winemaker at Villa Creek for 8 guests with Proulx Wines
Overnight accommodations for one night for 8 guests at Willow Creek Farm Stay (one room with 2 bathrooms)
3L 2009 Black zinfandel
3L of 2010 Swiss Colina
1 Case of 2009 Proulx Zinfandels

Donated by: Proulx Wines
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Renwood Winery Retreat
At Renwood, they believe in living life to the fullest and the expression of this bold vitality is found in fine Zinfandel. It’s a new dawn at the Renwood Winery in Amador County and you and 7 of your closest buddies will have a front-row seat to take in one of California’s viticultural frontiers in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Indulge in Renwood’s gracious hospitality with a private tour of the facility conducted by your host, Winemaker, Dave Crippen. You’ll have a back-stage pass to their multi-million dollar make-over and have the chance to learn about the winemaking developments and new hospitality features. Next, it’s onto their private tasting room, which showcases a modern and welcoming décor, for your 4-course winemaker dinner, prepared by the Renwood culinary team and Chef David Rowe, who sources local ingredients to create dazzling dishes. Each delectable course will be matched with Renwood’s Zinfandels. To top-off this wonderful experience…retreat to your overnight accommodations at the nearby Shenandoah Inn, recently renovated with upgraded amenities. Plus, take home a 3L 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel, signed by the winemaker. Treat your palate with this prized wine country experience.
Lot includes:
Private Tour for 8 guests
4-course dinner prepared by winery chef, Chef David Rowe and Winemaker host, Dave Crippen paired with wines for 8 guests
Overnight accommodations for 1 night for 4 couples at the recently refurbished Shenandoah Inn
3L 2010 premier Old Vine Zinfandel, signed by winemaker

Donated by: Renwood Winery

Restrictions: Date of tour and lodging based on availability of all parties involved.
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Ridge Vineyards Big Bottle Set—2 Etched 9 Liters
You’ll be the envy of your friends with these 2 etched 2011 9L bottles of Ridge’s finest old vine Zinfandels—1 Lytton Springs and 1 Geyserville. Each one-of-a-kind bottle has a special ZAP tribute and logo etched on the back and is signed by Winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards, Paul Draper. Imagine the possibilities of hosting marvelous wine tastings, creating gourmet wine pairing dinners or just a very large wine and cheese party—these grand bottles are sure to be a stand-out in your cellar!

Lot Includes:
1 etched 9L of 2011 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs and 1 etched 9L of 2011 Geyserville (equals 12 bottles each)

Donated by: Ridge Vineyards
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Rock Wall Wine Co--Colors of the Rainbow in the Geodesic Dome
You and 9 friends are covered for a night of surprises and delights when you join Kent Rosenblum and daughter, Shauna Rosenblum at the Rock Wall Geodesic Dome in Alameda. The lights of the city will dazzle and the dome colors may enchant, but it’s the wines that are the true gems. Kent is fond of saying: “Alameda is center of wine country” –you’ll be off with Kent to find out why as you tour “the hanger,” otherwise known as the cellar, for a tasting of barrel samples and reserve wines. Then, settle into “the dome” for an amazing gourmet barbecue dining experience that features Rock Wall’s wines—of course! Finally, each couple will take home a signed magnum of the 2010 Monte Rosso Zinfandel, which just received 90 points from Wine Spectator, to enjoy later when you reminisce over your picture-perfect evening. This lot is sure to electrify your senses and fill your soul with gladness.

Lot includes:
Gourmet barbecue dinner for 10 with Kent and Shauna Rosenblum
Guided cellar tour and barrel/reserve tasting for 10
5 signed magnum’s of 2010 Monto Rosso Zinfandel (1 for each couple)
Winning bidder to choose color of dome for the evening

Donated by: Rock Wall Wine Co.
Restriction: Date must be booked between Sept. 1 and March 30
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Rosenblum Cellars--Private Dinner with Winemaker and Celebrity Chef
Your fortunes flourish when you and 3 cohorts join Rosenblum Cellars Winemaker John Kane and noted Bay Area celebrity Chef Joey Altman for an unforgettable evening of extravagance. Traveling along Highway 29, you’ll arrive at your private pilgrimage to The Rutherford House, distinguished as a hospitality haven in Napa Valley, where John will greet you and welcome you into your home for the evening. Your journey offers the opportunity to sit and relax as John begins the festivities by pouring a selection of Rosenblum’s finest wines. Then, Chef Joey Altman prepares your culinary adventure—a gourmet dinner that pairs harmoniously with John’s wines. Your memorable night includes overnight hotel accommodations, but the indulgence doesn’t end there. Each couple will receive a Rosenblum Wine Club membership, 15 bottles of tasting pleasure per couple. This is a lot full of lasting memories!

Lot includes:
Private dinner with winemaker for 2 couples, prepared by celebrity Chef, Joey Altman
2 cases of Rockpile Zinfandel (1 per couple)
2 Rosenblum Wine Club memberships (1 per couple, 15 bottles with each membership)
Overnight hotel accommodations for 1 night for 2 couples
Donated by: Rosenblum Cellars
Restrictions: This lot is valid thru July 30, 2013. Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance. Dates subject to availability and some additional restrictions may apply.
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Seghesio Family Vineyards--Legendary Tasting and Dinner
An extraordinary evening awaits four fortunate couples who put up their paddles to win this lot! Seghesio Family Vineyards, Robert Biale Vineyards, Mauritson Family Winery and Ridge Vineyards—four of Zinfandel’s rock-star producers—are joining forces to host this lavish dinner at Seghesio’s private dining room in Healdsburg. Rare Zinfandel bottling’s from the Dry Creek Valley, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Rockpile appellations will share top-billing. Dinner will be hosted by principals from each of the wineries, who will regale you with Zinfandel tales and disarm you with their charms. This is an exclusive chance to experience 12 iconic Zinfandels, paired with a four-course feast of locally grown, raised or sourced ingredients, and prepared by Seghesio Executive Chef Peter Janiak. Each couple will take away a magnum (1.5L) from each of the wineries to treasure and enjoy. Local overnight accommodations are also provided for one night at the charming Geyserville Inn. What a true melding of tradition and passion!

Lot includes:
Private 4-course gourmet dinner for 8
Overnight accommodations for 1 night for 4 couples at the Geyserville Inn
1 magnum (1.5L) for each couple from Seghesio, Ridge, Biale and Mauritson (16 magnums total) to take home after dinner
12 dinner wines and hosting provided by Seghesio, Biale, Mauritson and Ridge
Donated by: Seghesio Family Vineyards with Robert Biale Vineyards, Mauritson Family Wines, Ridge Vineyards and the Geyserville Inn

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Sonoma Valley with Bedrock and Ravenswood
Join a Father and Son Collaboration—Morgan Twain Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co. and Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Present the “Best of Sonoma Valley” for 6
If you’re a Zinfandel-lover who craves insight into what makes a Zinfandel winemaker tick or, how it (whatever ‘it’ is) can get passed down from one generation to the next, this is your must-win lot. You and 5 friends will meet-up with Morgan and Joel and then be driven to the famous vineyards of Old Hill, Bedrock and Monte Rosso, for an absorbing journey in the strikingly-beautiful Sonoma Valley. This is your chance to explore the vineyards, learning about each vineyard’s legacy, while tasting that wine, IN the vineyard. Your visit continues with Morgan and Joel when they take you home to meet the family and cook-up a fabulous dinner, featuring the astonishingly-tasty meat of butcher, Brian Flannery. Dinner will be paired with older vintages from each of the vineyards visited earlier in the day to captivate you with a real feeling of “vineyard to table.” Following dinner, you private transportation will return you to your hotel for a peaceful evening, after an action-packed, enlightening and fun-filled day! To cap-off your explorations, each guest receives a magnum from an older vintage and the current vintage of Ravenswood’s Old Hill Vineyard Zinfandel, as well as a current vintage (750ml) of Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel and Monte Rosso Zinfandel from Bedrock Wine Co.

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 1 night for 3 couples at premier Sonoma Valley lodging
Transportation while in Sonoma for 6 guests
Private vineyard tour with vineyard tasting for 6 guests to Old Hill, Bedrock and Monte Rosso Vineyards
Dinner for 6 guests paired with wines
12 Magnum (1.5L) (6 from an older vintage and 6 from the current vintage of Ravenswood’s Old Hill Vineyard Zin)
12 (750ml) bottles (6 current vintage Bedrock Vineyard Zin and 6 current Monte Rosso Zin from Bedrock Wine Co.)

Donated by: Ravenswood and Bedrock Wine Co.
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Terra d'Oro--This Mother Lode Is for You
Indulge your secret desire to be dubbed “Master Blender” when you and 3 friends join Winemaker, Chris Leamy for a private tour, wine tasting and blending competition. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade during your tour of the 64,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, while tasting some of their award-winning wines. Afterwards, put your new knowledge to the test in a wine-blending competition to make the best wine—ever! Chris will present “the winner” with a signed 6L bottle of 2003 Terra d’Oro Deaver 100-Year Old Vineyard Zinfandel to take and enjoy at your leisure. After all the arduous tasting and blending, you’ll have quite an appetite. Taste Restaurant, Plymouth’s Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant, will be ready to greet you for an innovative and delicious dining experience. Then, it’s off to your overnight retreat in Volcano at the Volcano Union Inn for two nights in one of the Mother Lode’s most picturesque towns. The Volcano Union Inn was built in 1880 by four itinerate French Canadians for $400, serving as a boarding house for hard-working miners and locals until the 1920’s. Lovingly restored in 2000 by the David/Burney Family, the Volcano Union Inn has been reborn as a California Pub and four-room bed and breakfast. Well-appointed rooms with all the modern amenities will make for a restful stay and each morning you will be delighted with an amazing breakfast prepared from scratch. You’ve hit the mother-lode with this lot!

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 2 nights for 2 couples at Volcano The Union Inn
Private tour and wine tasting for 2 couples with winemaker
Wine blending for 2 couples with winemaker
6L bottle of 2003 Terra d’Oro Deaver 100-Year Old Vineyard Zinfandel
$200 certificate towards dinner at Taste Restaurant for 2 couples

Donated by: Terra d’Oro Winery
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The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship on the Bay
Starry Night Winery, D-Cubed Cellars, Chronic Cellars and Trentadue Winery for 12
You’ll want to “round up the usual suspects” when you and 11 friends join your hosts Bruce Walker of Starry Night Winery, Duane Dappen of D-Cubed Cellars, Jake Beckett of Chronic Cellars, and Miro Tcholakov of Trentadue Winery for a day of San Francisco Bay sightseeing on the Five Star Yachts of Sausalito, cruising the waters in style. This is the meeting place of adventure, while sampling favorite Zinfandels from each of your hosts. The tastes are paired with a fabulous array of fine hors d'oeuvres provided by Executive Chef David Haydon of Il Davide Restaurant. Your friendship with the winemakers continues when you take home a selection of their Zinfandels. Plus, 1 magnum (1.5L) of 2007 Starry Night Old Vine, Russian River Valley is here to take home tonight! As time goes by, you won’t regret your winning bid on this lot!

Lot includes:
Private San Francisco Bay cruise for 12, catered by Il Davide Restaurant with winemakers
4 magnums (1.5L) of Zinfandels, one each of:
2011 Trentadue Estate, 2009 D-cubed Napa Valley, 2011 Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise and 2010 Starry Night Nervo Station Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Old Vine
1 magnum (1.5L) of 2007 Starry Night Winery Old Vine, Russian River Valley, to take home tonight

Donated by: Five Star Yachts of Sausalito, Il David Restaurant, Hilton Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf, Starry Night Winery, D-Cubed Cellars, Peachy Canyon Winery and Trentadue Winery

Restrictions: Cruise will be scheduled on a mutually convenient Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. Holiday weekends and Bay event days excluded.)
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Tropical Caribbean Beachfront Escape for 2
Your week-long vacation in paradise is waiting for you to take in the sun-drenched pearly pristine beaches and cerulean blue waters. This luxurious tropical condo was just rated the #1 beach in Caribbean, once again this year, by Travelers Choice. Not only is the Seven Stars Resort framed by white sand beaches, the marine preserve of Princess Alexandra National Park, which embraces the natural environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is just next door. This magnificent beachfront studio features traditional colonial architecture with marble flooring, a galley kitchen, four-poster bed, and private lanai for taking in the ocean breezes and view of Grace Bay. If you are motivated to leave your tranquil surroundings, you can walk out onto the beach for a dip in the ocean, or lounge poolside near the majestic waterfall. Kick-off your vacation planning with a selection of magnums (1.5L) of Saddleback Cellars 2008, 2009, and 2010 Zinfandels that you can take home tonight! Create your very own tropical fantasy and treasured memories that last long after you return home.

Lot includes:
Overnight accommodations for 7 nights for 2 guests in a 1-bedroom studio condo
3 magnums (1.5L) –one each of 2008, 2009 and 2010 Saddleback Cellars to take home tonight

Donated by: JR Wines, John Ramsey and Saddleback Cellars

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You Asked For It—The 2014 Ultimate Zinfandel Festival
Quench your desire and pamper your epicurean spirit as you journey around the world of Zinfandel at ZAP’s 2014 Festival with this getaway package for 2. You will experience global flair with local charm on this guided expedition through four extraordinary events designed to entertain, educate and delight Zinfandel enthusiasts. This all-inclusive package includes 2 tickets to each 2014 Festival events and overnight accommodations, so you can rest up in your deluxe hotel lodging. Shuttle service to all events, early entry to Epicuria—Food & Zin Pairings, preferred seating at the Winemakers’ Dinner with selected Winemakers, VIP early entry with trade and media to the Grand Tasting and Winemaker workshops are also included. Designed for the ultimate Zinfandel enthusiast, this exclusive package will feed your mind and treat your palate.

Lot includes:
Ultimate Getaway Package to 2014 Festival
2 tickets to Epicuria (VIP Entry)

Donated by: Zinfandel Advocates & Producers and The Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francsico
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