As the West Coast-based Zin-Obsessed amongst you will already know, this weekend is ZAP weekend.
For this who don’t recognize the acronym, ZAP stands for Zinfandel Producers & Advocates, and every year they put on a Zinfandel Festival, which is truly one of the most oenophillically decadent endeavors one can engage in, should one be zin-curious … this weekend’s event is the 19th Annual, and as usual, there are quite literally hundreds of producers who will be on hand pouring samples of their wares.
This can make for a pretty daunting day (or set of days!), if you don’t know where to go or what to look for. Fortunately, a great many of the attendees are also writers, who pretty rapidly turn their immediate thoughts and perspectives into blogs and other on-line resources, and these can accordingly be great guides for the uninitiated and otherwise lost attendees.
An excellent first destination would be The Gray Market Report. This is the blog of freelance writer W. Blake Gray, and he’s already put up a post with a list of his favorites at ZAP so far; this is as good a place to start as any, and because his list lists Ridge, well, all the better!
You can find his ZAP post here.
So, if you go, enjoy yourselves, but drink responsibly (use a spittoon!), and send me your tasting notes and photographs!