Epicuria: Food & Zinfandel Pairings—ZAP Does it Again!

We always look forward to the Zinfandel Advocates and Producer (fondly know n as ZAP) annual Zinfandel Festival. The festival has four primary parts: A Grand Tasting which, this year, featured more than 500 Zins from more than 200 producers and attracted 8,000 people: Flights, which provide winemaker-hosted [Read more …]

Epicuria: Food & Zinfandel Pairings—ZAP Does it Again!

We always look forward to the Zinfandel Advocates and Producer (fondly know n as ZAP) annual Zinfandel Festival. The festival has four primary parts: A Grand Tasting which, this year, featured more than 500 Zins from more than 200 producers and attracted 8,000 people: Flights, which provide winemaker-hosted [Read more …]

Epicuria: Food & Zinfandel Pairings—ZAP Does it Again!

We always look forward to the Zinfandel Advocates and Producer (fondly know n as ZAP) annual Zinfandel Festival. The festival has four primary parts: A Grand Tasting which, this year, featured more than 500 Zins from more than 200 producers and attracted 8,000 people: Flights, which provide winemaker-hosted [Read more …]

Healdsburg Mushroom Weekend

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The Sonoma town of Healdsburg held its second annual Mushroom Weekend The weekend of February 23. Having partaken of a previous year’s mushroom weekend at Sea Ranch, we were up for another effort. Mushroom Foraging and Feed The Healdsburg event included a range of activities, from multi-course mush dinners, [Read more …]

A Three-Day Pilgrimage to the Mendocino Coast

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Pictures will be posted in a couple days   Okay, "pilgrimage" may be an overstatement. But we do love the tiny, lovely town (all of which has been designated a National Historic Area). We also love the awesome coastline (although it is quite a challenging drive) and even the inland drive [Read more …]

Abbreviating our Annual Labor Day Bay Area Ritual

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In July, I wrote about the two big San Francisco events that always makes for a fun holiday—the July 4th festivities and fireworks and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. Both draw thousands of people to the city and provide a good time for all. These events, however, draw people out of town, over the Golden [Read more …]

Getting the Most out of a Day in Napa Valley

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On a recent trip to Napa, we engaged in many memorable tastings, tried three restaurants to which we had never been and experienced two particularly fun, particularly educational events. And that was in one of our two and a half days in the valley. The educational events were the highlights of the trip. These were: [Read more …]

ZAP’s 2nd Annual Grill-O-Rama

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Zinfandel Advocates & Producers held its second annual Grille-O-Rama at Alameda’s Rock Wall Winery Saturday, August 11. about 300 members took advantage of an opportunity to taste more than 100 Zinfandels from 30 producers from across the state. The wines, which were organized by growing region, were complemented by freshly grilled dishes from four area [Read more …]

A Pinot Noir Dinner to Savor

As anyone who reads this blog knows, Pinot Noir is our favorite varietal (followed increasingly closely by Cabernet Sauvignon). We try to make it to every Pinot Noir tasting, dinner and seminar that we can. This is particularly true of the Pinot Days Festival, which is held every June in San Francisco. We, as discussed [Read more …]

A Celebration of Cheese

The sixth annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma California is a celebration of all things cheese. The multi-faceted event allows people to learn about cheese in many different ways. They can, or example: Take half-day tours of local dairy farms and creameries, where they can watch and speak with farmers and cheese makers; Attend [Read more …]