ZinEX 2017 – Flights! – Joel Peterson

No Wimpy Wines Joel Peterson is the founder and winemaker of Ravenswood Winery. After working with Joseph Swan, one of the masters of California Zinfandel, Joel founded Ravenswood in 1976, producing 327 cases of Old Vine Zinfandel. Ravenswood now has a world-wide reputation and is one of the largest, most successful, highly-rated, Zinfandel producers in […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights – Matt Cline

Matt Cline

The Dirt, the Microclimate, and Don’t Screw it Up! Matt’s winemaking career can be traced back to Oakley in 1982 where he helped his brother establish Cline Cellars; in 1985 he became head winemaker at Cline Cellars. Matt’s wines won countless awards during his 16-year career at Cline Cellars. In 2001, Matt launched Trinitas Cellars, […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights! – Doug Beckett

Sin with Zin Doug Beckett’s roots can be traced to Morgantown, West Virginia, where he was born into a Navy family and traveled most of his early years.  He settled in San Diego, where he met and married Nancy Thibodo in 1971. That same year, Doug graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business […]

ZinEX 2017 – Flights! – Jay Heminway

Pure Grape Green and Red Vineyard was founded by Jay Heminway in 1977. Jay has a long history making wine in the Napa Valley, having first purchased land on the steep Chiles Canyon near Chiles Valley in eastern Napa County in 1970. By this time, Jay already had experience working in the wine industry with […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights! – Dave Phillips

Zin Responsibly David Phillips is co-owner and President of Michael David Winery in Lodi, California. Dave is a fifth generation wine grape grower and spent his childhood farming the same land that is now home to the winery. Shortly after graduating from UC Davis in 1987, Dave went on a worldwide tour of wine regions […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights! – Jerry Seps

Respect the land and it will give you its best Storybook Mountain Vineyards, originally known as Grimm Vineyards and Wine Vaults, was founded in 1883 by Adam Grimm, scion of a German family involved in winegrowing since 1540. In 1976, Jerry Seps, a former professor of European history, and his wife, Sigrid, fell in love […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights! – Kent Rosenblum

Kent Rosenblum

No dogs that whine and no wines that are dogs! Kent is a celebrated winemaker, and a founder, past President and current Board member of ZAP. Kent has now launched a new winery with his family, Rock Wall Wine Company, in Alameda. From winegrowing regions to winemaking techniques, for Kent, making wine has always been […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights! – Carol Shelton

Carol Shelton

Mastering the Zen of Zin Carol Shelton has had an illustrious 35-year career in the wine industry. While getting her Enology degree from UC Davis, Carol worked with Dr. Ann Noble, of Wine Aroma Wheel fame. With BS in hand in 1978, Carol worked for Robert Mondavi, for Saltram’s in Australia’s Barossa Valley, and in […]

ZinEX 2017- Flights – Larry Turley

Larry Turley

Delicious, authentic, and affordable wines Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, Larry has spent the better part of his life on a farm. This being the south, they were primarily tobacco and dairy farms; nevertheless, his respect for the land and its cultivation began at a young age. As an adult, Larry channeled this […]

A Conversation with Alice Waters, Joel Peterson, & Rebecca Robinson


In Conversation with Alice Waters wine tasting and discussion took place in Grass Valley, CA on September 8, 2017. ZAP hosted the tasting with Joel Peterson – Ravenswood, Randle Johnson – ArteZin Winery, and Bill Easton – Easton Wines. Appetizers were inspired by Chez Panisse and created by Alan Tangren, the former chef at the […]