Food & Zin Pairings

The Concourse
635 8th Street, San Francisco,
(8th at Brannan in South Market area)
Thursday, January 31
6 pm - 9 pm

Discover the Diversity
Embark on a gourmet adventure as you explore the versatile flavors of Zinfandel at ZAP’s informal dine-around event. You have the opportunity to sample sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from master chefs, perfectly paired with 50 top Zinfandel wines. Savor tantalizing delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while learning their professional techniques. Immerse yourself in the Zinfandel culture as you mingle with winemakers and culinary experts who feed your epicuriosity!

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Participating Wineries and Restaurants
Alexander Valley Vineyards paired with Flavor Bistro
DISH: Sweet Potato Timbale flavored with a Trio of cheeses.
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake.
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Artezin Wines paired with Truffle Gateau
DISH: Dark Chocolate Espresso and Milk Chocolate Pistachio
We handcraft Artezin in recognition of the graceful richness inherent in Zinfandel grapes. This is a wine that expresses its place of orgin with concentrated fruit while retaining intricacy, poise and liveliness.
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Ballentine Vineyards paired with Rose's Café
DISH: Gorgonzola Crostini with a Sweet Spiced Gastrique
The grapes used for our wines are all 100% estate grown on 100 acres, from three distinct vineyards in the Napa Valley.Betty does all aspects of the business end of Ballentine Vineyards. Van has overseen the vineyards and winery for over 60 vintages! Bruce Devlin is our winemaker.
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Barefoot Cellars paired with Sonoma Cake Creations
DISH: Mini Cheesecakes with Zinfandel Sauces and Cupcakes
In 1965 most people were tinkering with cars in their garage. Davis Bynum was tinkering with wine. Really great wine. He spent a few years perfecting his concoction in that room usually reserved for lawnmowers. Who knew a garage-style wine could compete toe-to-toe with the big boys? Barefoot Cellars was created in 1986.Yeah, we’re all about making wine more fun. But giving back is really what’s at our heart and sole.
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Berryessa Gap Vineyards paired with Le P'tit Laurent
DISH: Boeuf Bourguignon
We make our wine and homes in the small farming community of Winters, California. Our vineyards lie on the east slope and beneath a break in California's Coastal Range known to locals as the Berryessa Gap, a prominent and beautiful landmark.
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Black Stallion Winery paired with Estate Chef
DISH: Pomegranate Marinated Bavette of Beef on bamboo skewers
Located on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each of the varietals we produce is handcrafted and carefully blended from small vineyard lots.
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Bonneau Wines paired with Ruth's Chris Steak House
DISH: Lamb Lollipops with Zinfandel Demi-glace
Bonneau Winery is operated by the third generation of Bonneaus with family history dating back to the early 1920s in the Sonoma – Los Carneros appellation.
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Brazin' Cellars paired with Sauce
DISH: Braised Beef Short Rib Sliders
Brazin is where old and new worlds collide. Lodi, one of the oldest California wine growing regions, is now home to some of the newest wine making technology. The result is a Zinfandel that is so bold, so intense, that it is dangerously good.
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Cakebread Cellars paired with Cakebread Cellars Culinary Dept
DISH: Braised Short Ribs with Daikon, Carrots and Ginger- Sesame Broth
As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 38 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.
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Calstar Cellars paired with Cabot Creamery
DISH: A selection of The World's Best Cheddar Cheese
Calstar Cellars began in 2001 with the goal of producing exclusive, hand-crafted wines with a food-friendly focus. In order to achieve this goal, Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis, selects the highest quality fruit from award winning vineyards with site-specific character in Northern California. We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy producing them!
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Carol Shelton Wines paired with Pizzeria Rosso
DISH: Braised Short Rib Ravioli, Mushroom & Carmelized Shallots with Goat Cheese
Mastering the Zen of Zin.
Not only has Carol mastered Zin, she has taken it to new heights and for this, all Zin lovers are grateful. Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.
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Charter Oak Winery paired with Fifth Floor Restaurant
DISH: House made Chorizo Sausage on Lavash with Piquello Peppers
Charter Oak Winery in St. Helena, takes pride in being the "most original, old-world," winery of some 500 wineries in Napa Valley. The reason to visit: See how early wine pioneers lived and made wine in Napa Valley -- and taste wines which hearken back to those simpler times.
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Dashe Cellars paired with Twenty Five Lusk
DISH: Duck Confit Crepe with Organic Watercress, Comte, and Dried Cherry Powder
At Dashe Cellars, Michael and Anne are committed to creating wines that reflect the unique soil, climate and regional characteristics of world-class vineyards. Focusing on older vines, steep hillside locations, rocky soils and stressful growing conditions, they work closely with their growers to ensure careful vineyard management and low yields.
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D-cubed Cellars paired with A-16
DISH: Lamb Sausage with Butter Beans, Herbs and Fennel
D-Cubed Cellars is dedicated to Zinfandel and the enjoyment of life, making wine, spending time with friends and good food.
I will always concentrate on Zinfandel...aside from being my favorite grape; it's just fun to drink! Zinfandel's has a loose celebratory, raucous feel about it-- not the serious, hushed tone of Bordeaux varietals.
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Dogwood Cellars paired with Sift Cupcake
DISH: Gingerbread, Zin and Pink Champagne Cupcakes
The founders of Dogwood Cellars believe the only thing better than sharing a great bottle of wine with friends, is making a great bottle of wine with friends.
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Dry Creek Vineyard paired with Pasta Queen
DISH: Porcini and Truffle in Egg Pasta Ravioli with a Roasted Hazelnut and Porcini Alfredo Sauce
The family at Dry Creek Vineyard believes that great wines begin in the vineyard. For us, winegrowing is a collaborative effort with Mother Nature. Our aim is to strike a careful balance between soil, climate and vine. We take great care in carefully farming, harvesting and shepherding our wines through the winemaking process. The artistry of our winemaking team lies in their ability to carefully guide this process with as little intervention as possible.
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Four Vines paired with City College of San Francisco
DISH: Five Spice Duck Confit Sliders
Four Vines got busy in the wine world circa 1994. The way we saw it, it was a three-step process: 1) Get spectacular fruit. 2) Make incredible wine. 3) Enjoy much-deserved Rock Star status. From there, we went all All Zin.
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Frank Family Vineyards paired with Chef Tyler Stone
DISH: Frank Family Molecular Wine Ice Cream Dessert
Frank Family Vineyards wines are produced in small quantities and currently sold only at the winery and a handful of select restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick, stone walls, high-stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost in winery ambience.
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Gnarly Head Winery paired with Johnny Garlic's
DISH: Sashimi Won Tacos
Here’s to the vines. Those 35 to 80 year-old, gnarled, head trained vines that, over the decades, have learned to do one thing well - produce exceptionally full flavored grapes.
Here’s to the wine. Unique. Sophisticated. Bold. A wine that, in the end, pairs well with the passions of the people who drink it.
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Grgich Hills Estate paired with 3D Candies
DISH: Raspberry Hazelnut Caramel and Lavender Black Cherry Vanilla Caramel
Grgich Hills Estate paired with 3D Candies.
Wine lovers have made a pilgrimage to Grgich Hills Estate ever since Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s Chardonnay beat the best of France at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting, allowing Mike to partner with Austin Hills to open our family owned and operated winery in 1977.
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Harney Lane Winery paired with Savoy Events
DISH: Dhokla with Butternut Squash and Smoked Tomato Chutney
At Harney Lane Winery, we celebrate our family's rich history in farming as the basis for our vision of the future. Since 1907, we've been proud stewards of the land, farming vineyards on Harney Lane and surrounding areas. Today, we are thrilled to develop our talents in winemaking, bringing you exceptional handcrafted estate wines from those vineyards.
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Hendry Wines paired with Kinyon! Culinary Services
DISH: Wild Mushroom Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
All Hendry wines are made from estate grapes, and 2011 will be the 20th vintage of the Hendry label. Through the subtle use of oak, and restraint in ripeness, our wines are crafted to highlight the terroir of the vineyard.
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J Dusi Wines paired with BridgeBrands Chocolate
DISH: Assortment of Chocolates
J Dusi Wines brings you “A Family Tradition with a New Perspective.” Janell Dusi is digging up the roots of her family’s heritage 80 year old Zinfandel vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
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Klinker Brick Winery paired with Radius
DISH: Duck Liver Mousse with Blackberry Gastrique
Steve and Lori Felten, and their daughter Farrah,6th generation wine grape growers,own and or manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 37 to 112 years old.
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LangeTwins Winery & Vineyard paired with Straits San Francisco
DISH: Five Spiced Bali Style BBQ Beef Ribs
For five generations our family has been growing sustainable winegrapes in the Lodi Appellation and in 2006 we opened a winery to showcase our passion for growing winegrapes – because great wine starts in the vineyard.
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Ledson Winery & Vineyards paired with Centre du Vin at the Ledson Hotel
DISH: Pork Belly Bahn Mi Sandwich
The Ledson Winery specializes in small varietal lots that reflect the genuine diversity of our select vineyards and appellations. Visitor can enjoy the wines in one of six beautifully appointed tasting bars, browse gift shop, stock up on local artisan foods at gourmet marketplace.
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M2 Wines paired with Alebrijes Mexican Bistro
DISH: Chicken Croquette with Chipotle Aioli
M2 wines are created to fully express the character of the vineyard and the fruit of the vine as wine that is true to itself - balanced, complex, approachable and age-worthy.
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McCay Cellars paired with Wine & Roses
DISH: Terrine of Quail and Pork with Porcini and Truffles
The Winery’s philosophy of crafting wine starts in the vineyard well before harvest. Considerable time is spent working in the vineyards to insure perfect balance in the fruit. McCay Cellars produces small case lots, typically less than two hundred cases per lot all in French Oak barrels.
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Mellowood Vineyards paired with Bocconato
DISH: Roasted Peppers Stuffed with Tuna
Linda bought the 25 acre parcel on Mellowood Drive in September of 2000, and has been working steadily since then toward creating delicious wines that would bring you to the incredible Sierra Foothills with each sip. While the majority of the wooded parcel remain native, she carved out 9 acres and planted Zinfandel and Syrah, both perfectly suited to the growing conditions of this unique appellation of Fair Play.
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Mounts Family Winery paired with Savvy Production and Events
DISH: Curried Pork and Winter Squash
Mounts Vineyards has been growing premium wine grapes for over 60 years in the Dry Creek Valley. The careful planning and consideration that goes into developing their vineyards allows the vine to grow to its full potential for vine health and balanced canopy growth. From these, they achieve the greatest possible expression of fruit character, balance, and structure in all their wines.
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Outpost Estate Wines paired with Mustard's Grill
DISH: Mongolian Pork Sliders
Situated high atop Howell Mountain, 2,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, it's easy to see the inspiration, and natural wonder that is the essence of Outpost Wines.
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Peachy Canyon Winery paired with Swan Oyster Depot
DISH: Shrimp Cocktail
Peachy Canyon Winery specializes in estate Zinfandels and has been family owned and operated by the Beckett Family since 1988. Experience the best the Paso Robles Westside has to offer.
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R&B Cellars paired with Soleil’s African Cuisine
DISH: Moroccan Charmoula Seafood with Couscous Tanzanian Coconut Fish and Beans Stew
R&B Cellars has become known for producing superb wine at incredible value.It is Alameda's new winery cooperative and wine tasting destination: The Alameda Point Vintners!
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Ravenswood Winery paired with Central Market
DISH: Muleheart Farm Pork Chili Rojos with Petaluma Gold Rush Beans
A while back a wine critic gave Ravenswood high praise when he said Ravenswood Zins have "undeniable zinfidelity." That captures their goal in a nutshell: Unwavering dedication to authenticity - to the glories of Zinfandel and all the wines we make.
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Renwood Winery paired with Eastside West Restaurant
DISH - Achiote Brasied Lamb - mango & olive salad, chesse fried plantains, mint, cilantro paired with
WINE - 2010 Gold Crest Zinfandel
Renwood celebrates all the best things in life. We believe that wine should not be saved only for special occasions, but enjoyed often and in the company of friends. We believe in living life to the fullest and the expression of this bold vitality as found in fine Zinfandel.
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Ridge Vineyards paired with Harris’ Restaurant
Dish: Harris' Signature Steak Tartare
Since 1962, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare sites where climate, soil, and varietal are ideally matched. Our aim is to guide the natural process; using traditional methods, we strive to produce exceptional wines from distinctive fruit.
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Robert Biale Vineyards paired with Alexanders Steak House
DISH: Liberty Duck Tartare, Duck Liver, Sausage Spices, Bronze Fennel, Caramelized Fig, Crispy Potato and Peppered Greens
For over seventy years beginning in 1937 the Biale family has grown Zinfandel and a variety of produce on their farm located on the outskirts of the town of Napa. In 1991, Aldo and son Robert formed a partnership with childhood friend and wine salesman Dave Pramuk, and winemaker Al Perry to produce and market a special Zinfandel from the old vineyard which they named “Aldo’s Vineyard.”
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Rock Wall Wine Co paired with Le Truc
DISH: Spicy Thai Curry Pulled Pork on Candied Jalapeño Rafts garnished with Cilantro and Lime
The Rock Wall Wine Company is founded on the philosophy of the right grape in the right place and are the result of many long-term relationships with acclaimed vineyards.
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Rosenblum Cellars paired with Chef Joey Altman
DISH: Wild Boar Sugo over Creamy Polenta with Bellweathers San Andreas Sheep's Milk Cheese
At Rosenblum, we’re famous for being all about Zinfandel – Old Vine Zin, High Altitude Zin, Single Vineyard Zin, BIG Attitude Zin. We love Zinfandel so much, we make over 20 different types. Rosenblum Cellars has some of the highest rated, most-awarded Zins from California’s most highly regarded vineyards.
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Saddleback Cellars paired with Rosamunde Sausage Grill
DISH: Lamb Merguez & Wild Boar Sausage with Mango Chutney and Sauerkraut
Nils’ philosophy on making wines for Saddleback is that they must reflect the best qualities that Napa Valley has to offer; sometimes a single vineyard, sometimes a single appellation, or a blend of appellations to make the best wine in a particular vintage. Despite his reputation as “The King,” Nils is a down-to-earth, cheerful, full-of-life kind of guy whose wines not only reflect the character of their region, but also seem to reflect his personality.
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Scott Harvey Wines paired with Healdsburg Toffee
DISH: Assorted candies
InZinerator and One Last Kiss are blended with Zinfandel, Syrah and port varieties. The mixture of Scott’s European training with California winemaking exhibit new world extraction and richness with old world acidity and structure.
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Seghesio Family Vineyards paired with Winery Executive Chef
Peter Janiak

DISH - Seghesio Signature Ribs
Established in 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces award-winning wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family.
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St. Amant Winery paired with A Winechef For You,LLC
Chef Tony Lawrence

DISH: Cuban Slow Braised,Poked, Jerked, Rubbed & Spiced Pork
St.Amant Winery is a small family owned winery located in Lodi, California that prides itself in producing handcrafted wines of superb quality.
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St. Francis Winery & Vineyard paired with Executive Chef David Bush
DISH: Five Spice Pork Spring Rolls with Smoked Chili Hoisin
Executive Chef David Bush specializes in wine and food pairing for both private and public functions hosted at St. Francis Winery. His job entails tasting St. Francis' wonderful wines and creating tantalizing pairings with the freshest Sonoma Wine Country produce available.
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Starry Night Winery paired with Il Davide Restaurant
DISH: Black Truffle Porcine filled Agnolotti, White Truffle Fondue
At Starry Night Winery, our goal is to produce the finest wines possible that accentuate the regions from where the grapes are best grown. Last year we moved our production facility to Sonoma and hope to have a tasting room open later this year.
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Storybook Mountain paired with Rose Pistola
DISH: Ricotta-Black Truffle Pansotti with Parmesan Broth & Shaved Black Truffle
Storybook Mountain has established a world-wide reputation for the consistently high quality of its wines. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, an ideal match of terroir and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true potential.
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Terra d'Oro Winery paired with Taste
DISH: Smoked Duck, Apple Compote, Fennel Crepe
Today it is our privilege and pleasure to make world class wines here in the Amador foothills. Terra d’Oro wines were first released in 1973 under the Montevina label, the first Amador County winery to produce wine since Prohibition ended. We quickly earned a reputation for crafting robust, full flavored red wines, Zinfandel in particular.
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Three Wine Company paired with Starbelly
DISH: Smoked Tuna Conserva, Pickled Onion & Crisp Bread
Three's philosophy is simple - dirt, microclimate and sustainable wine growing from the vine to the bottle. Founded by Matt and Erin Cline, Three Wine produces award-winning Zinfandel s and is located in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg (15 minutes south of downtown Sacramento.)
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Tres Sabores paired with Local Mission Eatery
DSIH: Confit Guinea Hen, Red Onion Jam, and Pepper Cress
Tres Sabores means “Three Flavors” in Spanish, and in each of our wines, you’ll find three equally savory, yet distinct tastes: the Terroir, or flavor embodied by the unique location of our ranch; the Vine, or distinct character of the grape variety; and the Artisan, or winemaker’s personal contribution of style and intuition.
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Troon Vineyards paired with Vegetarian Gourmet
DISH: Swiss style open-face Gruyere Tart and Swiss style open-face Onion Tart
Dick Troon planted this vineyard, one of the first in the Applegate Valley, in 1972. Forty years later, with the guidance of the Martin family, this stunning estate has grown to 100 acres with over 40 acres of grapes planted.
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Wilson Winery paired with Carneros Bistro
DISH: Spiced Tartlet of Sonoma Duck Confit, Caramelized Onion, and Big Rock Blue
Wilson Winery was built on tradition and family—much like its landmark barn anchored to the eastern rim of the legendary Dry Creek Valley. When Ken and Diane Wilson opened the century-old cellar doors, they began to share more than their extraordinary wines, they offer a view into a wine valley's history and a legacy of winemaking.
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