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Sift Cupcakes partnered with Dogwood Cellars to create these heavenly Red Zinfandel Macaroons and Prosecco-infused Cupcakes featured at the January 31 Zinfandel Festival's (ZAP) Epicuria Evening/
Epicuria is a gourmet adventure where you can explore and sample the Zinfandel flavors and sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from master chefs, perfectly paired with 50 top Zinfandel wines.
Mingling with winemakers and culinary experts are the highlights for me as I appreciate all the creativity, patience, dedication and perseverance it takes for them to produce their products.
Vegetarians with a love of gourmet will enjoy the event as there are many delicious options.
Red Zinfandel has been planted in virtually all the grape growing areas of California, in the widest possible variety of soils and topography, and in climates from coldest to hottest.
I've always appreciated California Bold Red Zinfandel's and I must say, almost every Red Zinfandel vegetarian-wine food pairing was superb.
The Chefs and Winemakers have done an amazing job not only creating but also collaborating.
Wine Spectator's Tim Fish has a nice write-up on the Event and 2011 Zinfandel's here, and here are his 'Top Players':
Bedrock Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Old Vine 2011 (90 points, $24)
Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek 2011 (90–94, $34)
Ravenswood Zinfandel Napa Valley Dickerson 2011 (88–92, $35)
Ridge Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch 2011 (92–96, $35)
Seghesio Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch 2011 (90–94, $58)
Turley Zinfandel California Juvenile 2011 (88–92, $20)
ZAP's Epicuria is my favorite opportunity for gourmet vegetarian-wine pairings in San Francisco, and I hope my Gratitude Gourmet readers can partake of these delights at a future ZAP event.
Who's going to the San Francisco Zinfandel Festival? It's an event I look forward to every year. The Saturday Grand Tasting will feature A to Zin.
Savor the journey through the world’s largest single varietal tasting as you sample from hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandels. Meet winemakers from each of the unique Zinfandel growing regions and explore the dimensions of this authentically American varietal at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandel wineries in the world. This distinctively “A to Zin” experience lets your senses guide a spirited adventure through the many tastes of America’s Heritage Wine.