ZAP hosts an annual tasting in San Francisco, which is one of the largest tastings of its kind in the world! ZAP organizes seminars and tastings around the country, conducts international tastings in Canada, Europe and Asia and produces a University of Zin cruise each year, hosting a Zinfandel Master Class. Throughout the wine regions of California, ZAP producer-members invite advocates to come to their wineries to learn more about their wines. ZAP assisted in the creation of the Heritage Vineyard, and has continued to support its ongoing research with over $430,000 in grant money raised. It is estimated to be the largest grant ever to come from an independent organization focused on one specific wine grape varietal.
ZAP also promotes the continuing research surrounding the origins and history of the Zinfandel grape. Above all, ZAP acts as a resource, connecting the Zinfandel community around the world. ZAP’s website, serves as a comprehensive resource center.
This fund supports students pursuing a Wine Business MBA at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, in memory of the distinguished wine industry executive who was one of the organization’s founders and long-time leaders. For more information – click here.
“Your grant has always been important, but is even more so now during these challenging economic times when our students can ill afford any extra costs above their tuition and books. Your support has meant that we offer them a wide variety of wines and styles of wines for them to taste. We value our partnership. We couldn’t do it without you and having ZAP as our partner makes everything sweeter.”
Barbara Haimes, Wine Instructor
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies
City College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies
Since 2005, ZAP has sponsored scholarships and provided critical funding for the CCSF Culinary Arts wine program. The funding provided by ZAP is foundational in supporting and expanding the wine courses taught in the department. ZAP is proud to support this important program and our continued, mutually beneficial partnership.