Find Your Flavor with the legends and emerging celebrities of Zinfandel on January 26-28, 2023. ZinEX is an annual wine and food extravaganza in San Francisco attracting wine lovers from around the world and is one of the only festivals dedicated to a single grape variety. Experience the classic character of Zinfandel at four extraordinary events featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles. The weekend includes an Opening Night Dining event, Flights tasting seminar, Winemakers Auction & Dinner, and the Grand Tasting. ZinEX 2023 features access to winemakers and principals at three impressive venues, showcasing the talents of winemakers, chefs, and artisanal food purveyors.


FLIGHTS! on Friday, January 27

Acclaimed Sommeliers and Winemakers are paired to present their highly allocated wines at ZAP’s preeminent seated seminar-style tasting, moderated by none other than the “Godfather of Zin,” Joel Peterson! During this guided exploration on Friday, January 27, 2023, you’ll delve into the history and science behind the flavors of Zinfandel and food that goes with Zin flavors. Flights offers unique insight into Zinfandel and allows you to experience the true character of the wines through the eyes of the experts. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Participating Sommeliers and Wineries:

Ian Blackburn, Learn About Wine – Paired with Ryan Schmaltz, Winemaker at Bella Vineyards

Matt Montrose, OMVino – Paired with Clay Mauritson, Owner of Mauritson Wines

Tonya Pitts, One Market Restaurant – Paired with April Nalle, Co-owner at Nalle Winery

Cara Patricia, DECANTsf – Paired with Hugh Chappelle, Winemaker at Quivira Vineyards

Chris Sawyer, – Paired with Jeff Stewart, Winemaker at Hartford Family Winery

Sarah Trubnick, The Barrel Room – Paired with Trester Goetting, Ridge Vineyards


GRAND TASTING on Saturday, January 28

Principals of the Zinfandel world will come together at ZAP’s (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’) one and only Grand Tasting on Saturday, January 28, 2023. It’s the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends, featuring over 70 wineries from throughout the California wine regions. This all-day expedition will showcase rock-star personalities pouring reserve bottles, limited production wines and barrel samples at their tables during the first portion of the day. Tasting in the afternoon highlights hundreds of different Zinfandel’s from the varied growing regions, offering the chance to explore the many dimensions of Zinfandel. The food scene will combine culinary delights with incomparable flavor from talented winery chefs and select restaurants. We’re returning to One Market Pavilion, a light, bright space with dramatic soaring ceilings and plenty of space to roam. Come and share the excitement! To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Can’t make ZinEX this year? Check out our wealth of Zinfandel educational resources online:



ZAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. With the help of our members, donors, sponsors and benefactors, ZAP can continue to preserve and promote Zinfandel to the world. ZAP serves as a comprehensive resource for all things Zinfandel, presenting the quality, versatility and heritage of Zinfandel in a wide-range of intimate wine tastings. seminars, master classes, blending sessions and interactive meet-the-maker roundtables, as well as our famous larger walk-around events featuring diverse wineries, vineyards and regions. ZAP supports research and preservation efforts to improve the quality of Zinfandel, increase Zinfandel acreage and to safeguard the heritage of old vines throughout California.

For more information on becoming a producer member, click HERE.

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