Win Tickets To The 20th Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco!

Vinted on January 3, 2011 binned in California wine, giveaways, wine industry events

Has it really been twenty years since ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) first held their modest gathering, spearheaded by Ravenswood founder and Sonoma wine icon Joel Peterson (for a glimpse into Joel’s head, check out our interview from Dec. 2008)?

Believe it or not, ZAP’s 20th Annual Zinfandel Festival is, indeed, taking place Thursday-Saturday, January 27-29, and tickets are now on sale. Like most wine events that have grown to become ginormous in size, folks tend to have mixed reviews of the event (or, put more accurately, mixed reviews of the attendees of the event) but some of the positive press comes by way of people for whom I have a great deal of respect, such as my adopted papa Charlie Olken – so there is certainly some fun to be had, and of course the opportunity to taste a sh*tload of Zinfandel from dozens of producers.

It’s in that spirit that we’ve giving away 2 sets of 5 tickets each to two of the 20th Zinfandel Festival events – the Good Eats & Zin Pairing on Thursday, Jan. 27, and the Grand Zin Tasting on Saturday, Jan. 29 – and you can win just by leaving a comment on this post!

Details on how to win are after the jump. Just be forewarned that I’m not independently wealthy and so rather than transport winners from any worldwide destination to San Fran. via my 70-foot yacht staffed by vestal virgins, the winning peeps are on their own for any travel and expenses and the giveaway is open to U.S. readers only (sorry, loyal Estonian readers!).

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For 2011-01-01

Vinted on January 1, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Selbach "Fish Label" Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Will rock the leftover holiday turkey sandwich. Xtra pts 4 the white flower action. $16 B #
  • 08 C. Donatiello Middle Reach Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Full posse of spicy red fruits & berries riding on a sandalwood horse $34 B #
  • 06 Eifel-Pfeiffer Estate Collection Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Honeysuckle, limes & good balance abound, riding ye olde petrol engine. $20 B #
  • 09 Afros Vinhão (Vinho Verde): Acquired taste (but tasty nonetheless) of dark, dark, and I mean DARK wild berries, spice & earth. €14 B- #
  • 06 Afros Sparkling Vinhão Reserve (Vinho Verde): Given 100 yrs 1 wouldn't guess something so dark would be so deliciously food-worthy. €19 B #
  • 09 Afros Loureiro (Vinho Verde): Like you just got personally invited to the Citrus & Tropical Fruit Ball (elegant dress included). €13 B+ #
  • 07 Afros Sparkling Loureiro Reserve (Vinho Verde): Brings the brioche, but left me yearning for a bit more Loureiro citrus magic. $NA B #
  • 07 Paraduxx Red (Napa Valley): Will cost you a pair of buxx, but will reward you with classic Zin dark fruit & gripping structure. $55 B+ #
  • Dow's Fine White Porto (Porto): It's magic in the art of blending; as in when you "blend" it in a glass with club soda, mint, & lime. $15 C+ #



Not Quite Readers’ Choice: Top Ten Articles of 2010

Vinted on December 30, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, best of

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we are greeted with the familiar sights of fireworks, the sounds of annoying Vuvuzela-like party favors, and the coming of cheesy year-end recap. posts!

So today, we’re not ranking wines, but articles. I had fun pulling together the 2009 recap. of the most-commented posts on, so I thought I’d do the same for 2010, using the totally unscientific method of listing all of the posts form the Archives page and ordering what looked like the ones with the most comments.

The rationale of course being that these are the posts that you, the extraordinarily talented, modest, and altogether too-good-looking 1WD readers felt were most worth the effort of contributing your time, passion and opinions.

As was the case last year, controversy (and Robert Parker – honestly… I’m starting to wonder if you folks are obsessed with RMP… you can probably seek help for that, you know…) won out.  I consider the majority of the topics covered in the round-up below (two were giveaways, which weren’t controversial but did turn into interesting discussions on how we take tasting notes, and our preferred methods for cork extractions) to be at least somewhat controversial in the wine world.  And then there’s what seems to be the holy triumvirate of wine controversy: namely, BioDynamic winemaking, The Wine Trials author Robin Goldstein, and uber-critic Robert Parker

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