Win Tickets To The 2012 ZAP Festival In San Fran (And Decide What Zins I Review Next)!

Vinted on December 6, 2011 binned in giveaways, wine industry events

Once again, I’m partnering with the venerable Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) to get tickets to the next ZAP festival into your hands (for free)!

In what will be one of the biggest giveaways ever conducted on 1WD, TWO lucky randomly-chosen readers will each receive four event tickets for some of the ZAP 2012 shindigs in San Francisco (by way of two tickets to two separate ZAP events), meaning that you and new or existing BFF can experience some of ZAP together for twice the vinous fun.

Here’s the deal – each of the two lucky winners in this giveaway will receive the following booty:

You must be 21 or older (and so will your BFF!), and the giveaway covers tickets only (no travel, lodging, massages…). As I’m not (yet?) independently wealthy, rather than transport winners personally from any destination in the world to San Fran. via my sparkling clean white yacht staffed by Swedish swimsuit models, the winning peeps are totally on their own for any travel/expenses. Also, the giveaway is open to U.S. readers only (sorry again, loyal Estonian readers!). As always, if you win, you’re responsible for any taxes, personal expenses, whatnots, etc.

In last year’s giveaway, we generated a ton of great Zinfandel recommendations in the comments. For this year’s giveaway, I thought that we’d do something a little… differentYOU are also going to determine what Zins I review next on!

Here’s how it’s gonna work this time:

  • You (that includes you, surfing here from the office… shame on you…) leave a comment on this post telling me what Zinfandel you want me to review.
  • In one week, I will randomly select two lucky winners, each of whom will receive 2 pair of ZAP event tix as described above!
  • I will then be on the hook for a 1WD feature on the Zins recommended by the winners (timing contingent on me eventually getting my grubby little hands on those Zins, of course).

I think this will be fun, in that two people will win tix to this manic ZIN event, we all get some more killer Zin reco’s, and two of those reco’s will get featured here (eventually).

So… get crackin’ on the comments if you want a chance to win (and to put me to work)!

Cheers – and good luck!






    I'd like to see you review Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel

    • 1WineDude

      A HM Zin? I like that idea!

      • Donna

        Pezzi-King – Dry Creek Zin 2009
        Selby – Old Vines Zin 2007

        • 1WineDude

          Thanks, Donna!

  • Tom Lee

    2010 Brown Estate Zinfandel!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Tom!

  • Larry Leichtman

    Elyse Morisioli vineyards Zinfandel. One of my favorites though expensive.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Larry – though maybe I should take that back if you win and I have to buy it…! :)

  • italianwinegeek

    Ambyth Estate 2010 Bailey Zinfandel–No Added Sulfites, Organic (Paso Robles, Baby!)

    • 1WineDude

      italianwinegeek – thanks; would look forward to trying more Zin from Paso…

      • italianwinegeek

        This is unlike any Zin you will ever taste from Paso too. (Aside from this promotion, let me know if you need a sample and I will facilitate. I love this winery.)

        • 1WineDude

          italianwinegeek – if you win, I may need the sample (assuming it will be difficult to find the wine in PA! :)

  • Becca Russell

    Tres Sabores Zin is amazing and "certified" organically grown. It has a beautiful berry taste and is very reasonably priced. Thanks!

    • 1WineDude

      Becca – thanks, I have had Tres Sabores Zin including their stuff from Premiere NV and always found it to be interesting and expressive. Cheers!

  • Katie Kowinski

    I am a HUGE fan of Tres Sabores. I am sure to stop by their booth every year at ZAP. It is easy to drink and a great price to boot.

    • 1WineDude

      Katie – when I visited there last year (I think it was last year, anyway! :) they had a steady stream of visitors braving the dirt roads to find them, all of whom were pretty hard-core fans of their Zins.

  • Morgan Moore

    The Kilnker Brick zin is awesome and at a great price point!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Morgan!

  • Jon Zeiger

    Could you take a look at some Peachy Canyon Zins? Either the Incredible Red or the Westside? (those are the ones in my price range :P)

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jon – if you win, I will be on the hook to do just that!

  • Sarah Bortz

    How about the 2009 Turley Mead Ranch zinfandel (or a Turley zinfandel of your choice) ?

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Sarah – man, you folks sure are keeping this interesting!

  • Jerry

    Okay Big Joe, I'm gonna recommend the 2009 Ridge Ponzo Zinfandel. It's pure deliciousness in a bottle. It's maybe a little more "fruit driven" than what I've come to expect from Ridge, but beyond the fruit it still offers some good spice and a moderate amount of complexity. In sum, it rocks!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jerry – rocking is welcome here. :)

    • 1WineDude

      Also, I need to point out that I am in fact very far from big! :-)

  • Mark Buckley

    You have to try the new Cycles Gladiator Lodi 2009 Zinfandel

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Mark – finally, one option I might actually have a sample of already! :)

  • Mary

    How about Grgich Hills Zin. Not my favorite label. (just not zany enough) But I have been learning about Biodynamic growing in Wine School and it sounds interesting. Also they might use some Petite Sirah in it, which is my new favorite grape.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Mary – noted!

  • RichardPF

    I want you to review Beringer White ZINFANDEL.

    • 1WineDude

      RichardPF – Good one, I had been wondering when someone was going to suggest that. And you know me – if you win, I *will* review that wine here!

  • Craig Cawelti

    The Lucas Winery 2007 Zinstar Vineyard Lodi. David Lucas and Heather Pyle Lucas have once again produced a winner!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Craig – been wondering when Lodi was gonna get more love in this contest. Cheers!

  • Todd

    Chase Cellars 2007 and 2008 are superb. Enjoy

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Todd.

  • Elena Garcia

    2009 Mountain Zinfandel from Opolo Vineyards…also from Paso Robles, CA – my hometown! :)

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Elana – Paso is running away with it here now! :)

  • Spillthewine

    Here are a few Zin producers in the Healdsburg area that I like. Mauritson – Any of the Rockplie wines, Mazzocco – Maple, Pony, Stone, Paradise Ridge Convict, Rafanelli, Valdez, Stryker, Nalle to name a few.
    Or maybe a write up on wineries that make zins form Rockpile grape. All zins from Rockpile are awesome and need more press.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, spill – Great nod to Rockpile there!

  • Gary

    Will be sending you a bottle of our Zeductive – West Side Paso Zin blended with a little Russian River Petite Sirah. Sold out last year in 4 months and we just released and will be gone again. This time I am saving you a bottle. Cheers, g

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Gary – that doesn't up your chances for winning, but I appreciate it! :)

  • Philip Hinerman

    Macchia Adventurous

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Philip!

  • borgeld63

    Scott Harvey 2008 InZINerator

    • 1WineDude

      borgeld63 – Oh no, a cutesy-named Zin! ;-)

  • MikeZee

    Easy one!!!……Hands down Bugay 2009 Sonoma Coast Zin, Its AWESOME!!! Dense, like me, but not so over extracted that it strips paint off the wall. Balanced and complete, yum, yum, yum.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, MikeZee!

  • MikeZee

    Hate to post twice……."No I dont" just trying to get my hands on BOTH sets of tickets, Michael David 2009 Earthquake Zin, Good O'l Lodi comes to the fore!!! Mothers milk, the total package, meal in a glass, perfect rib-eye and Super bowl accompaniment. Oh yeah!!!!MikeZ

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks again, Mike – I have had the 2006 but not the 2009. Cheers!

  • Duende

    I would like to hear a review of the Dark Star Zin out of Paso Robles. Their 07 struck me as great, their 08 & 09 still pretty good, What say you?

    • 1WineDude

      Duende – I say, thanks and if you win I will be on the hook to review those!

  • Marc Bryan Supsic

    Vezer Family Vineyards is located in the Suisun Valley, outside of Napa. They are a smaller producer that has a kickass '06 Zin that I loved so much I brought a bottle back with me to PA.

    • 1WineDude

      Cool pick – thanks, Marc!

  • @WirtzbevRENO

    First time commenter, recent @1winedude fanatic. There are so many fabulous Zins to review. I think it would be HILARIOUS and a good read for you to review some economy Zins… Your Franzia's, Barefoot's, Carlos Rossi's, Inglenook's, etc… I know that this will most likely not happen so in that case, my second choices would be Plungerhead Zin, Zin Your Face, & Klinker Brick. Thanks for all you do! – Alex

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, @WirtzbevRENO – really appreciate the comment! And don’t be afraid to assign me anything, if you win I will be *on the hook* to review it here. Cheers!

  • Fred Aliano

    Joe, I have a slightly different approach to this. I'd like to see a review of ANY Zinfandel from my favorite Russian River Valley Vineyard – Ponzo Likely suspects are Ridge, Pendleton, Hart's Desire.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Fred – great idea!

  • Chrisie B

    Turley Zin~ haven't gotten my hands on any lately.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Chrisie – me either!

  • HomeSkillet

    I can think of a Zin that has a certain Dragon on the label. … coming along very nicely and will never be featured at ZAP.

    • 1WineDude

      Matt – well, if you win now maybe you can auction your tix? :)

      • MattP

        Lol Joe. Rather, i'd just have you give my tix to two of your best followers … my choices for Zin (excluding my own);

        Turley Dogtown Lodi Zin (Templeton CA)
        Dillian Zin (Amador CA) –
        A. Rafanelli Zin (Sonoma, west dry creek) –
        Bella Zin (Sonoma, West dry creek) –

        These are all top Zin's, made without RS and in traditional methods like mine.

        Best –


        • 1WineDude

          Have it your way, Matt. :) Thanks for the Zin picks – and if you win, I will pick one of these and donate the ZAP tix to a worthy 1WD reader’s purse or wallet. Cheers!

  • martindredmond

    Dashe Cellars Les Enfants Terribles McFadden Farm Zin

    • 1WineDude

      Cheers, Martin!

  • Kim Suelzle

    Any of Macchia's Zins, <3 them ! ; ) There is something for everyone there. Also, St. Amants Old Vine Zin. We seem to be partial to the Mohr Fry Ranch, but both are great. Are we talking about Zin ports too ? " Cheers"

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Kim – but if you win, I say that I am only on the hook to review ONE of those, okay? ;-) I had not mentioned the Port-style Zins, mostly because the majority of them that I encounter are terrible… but if you mention a specific one and you win, then I am on the hook to review it so fire away!

      • Kim Suelzle

        I understand Wine Dude. No worries. Have you tried Macchia's "Dangerous" Port ? There is also,
        Domaine Becquet Winery CA. The Tawny & Ruby are both lovely. Take your pick. Really sorry to hear you haven't found one to you'r liking. There's always next years quest. You have a tough job , have fun ! Enoy.

        • 1WineDude

          Kim – rough indeed. :) Thanks for those recos!

  • Sqomi

    2009 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel….please.

  • Kayla K

    Todd Taylor Zinfendel, Clarksburg, CA- Great wines all red and made in very small quantities.

    • Kayla K

      OH and Michael david earthquake zin 2009 super great wine! Lodi,CA

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Kayla!

  • Josh Wade

    Alright my good sir. LOVE me a good Zin. I want you to review a PRIMITIVO from the great state of WA – Hard Row to Hoe's 2008 Primitivo to be precise.

    Josh Wade

    • 1WineDude

      Josh – excellent call (and way to be a homer :). Cheers!

  • 1WineDude

    Hey everyone – an update on this…

    Instead of contacting the winners via email privately, I will first announce the winners – and therefore also the Zins for which I will be on the review hook – publicly here on Dec 14!

    Good luck, all – and keep the comments coming, this giveaway is still live through Dec. 13, 2011!

  • bruce mueller

    Ridge Lytton Springs is still the standard for me…..

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, bruce!

  • Wine Tom

    I heartily suggest Auriga's Zin from the Sierra Foothills. The '03 was my fav. The '05 won tons of awards. Haven't tried the current release yet. There is noticeable variation in jamminess from year to year. Back when I discovered the '03 I thought I had a secret find. Then the '05 started winning awards and the secret was out. Give Auriga a try.

  • Sarah

    2009 Seghesio Old Vines Zin. Sooooooo delicious! Or the Rockpile. Also wonderful!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Sarah!

  • hkremer

    Any zinfandel from Contra Costa County or Livermore. Livermore could be Bent Creek, Fenestra, Mitchell Katz (or other). Contra Costa could be Rosenblum, Cline, or Viano :)

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Helen – nice shutout to Livermore, a very underrated area right now. Cheers!

  • Gina

    Review the Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Gina – my understanding that some of the fruit going into that wine does (or used to, anyway) come from some old vines in Lodi, which could make it a pretty good bargain…

  • Scott

    How about Bedrock Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2010.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Scott – noted!

  • 1WineDude

    Last day, people!

    BTW, my buddy Randy Caparoso has authored a very interesting piece on Zin and terroir, which you can (and should!) read at… . Randy will be leading a discussion at ZAP on Top Sommeliers Choices for Zin. Cheers!

  • Dave N

    Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel would be a great zin for a review.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Dave!

  • Helene Kremer

    ooh, I remembered another off-the-beaten-path one: Shenandoah makes a great zin (Amador Co.) *i hope I win!* :)

    • 1WineDude

      Helene – thanks, *very* cool recommendation!

  • Larry Chandler

    Biale Black Chicken, ripe and voluptuous. And on the opposite end, any Zin by Joseph Swan. His Zins are elegant, structured and have long life. If Bordeaux allowed Zinfandel, their top growths would be like his.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Larry!

  • vtwinemedia

    OK I'll kick in and help Joe over the century mark…
    How about the Zins made by Oregon's Angel Vine from Washington state fruit?
    Read about but have not tried.

    • 1WineDude

      vtwinemedia – Thanks! :) Those are new to me as well. cheers!

  • @VineBuzz

    I recommend Cuvaison '09 Bald Mountain Vineyard (Mount Veeder AVA) Zinfandel. It's dry-farmed.

    • 1WineDude

      @VineBuzz – thanks!

  • Leilani Carrara

    Well, Joe, since my first two choices are wine club only (Denner Vineyards and Cypher Winery ZinBitch), which I'd imagine you wouldn't review because most folks can't get it, I vote for one everyone CAN get, and should:

    Judd's Hill Burkes Blazing Barbecue Old Vine Zinfandel. Great story, great Zin!

    Can't wait to see what you select, because me likey the Zinnies! :)

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Leilani! I have had the ZinBitch I think at Cypher, need to check my notes on the Denner. But do NOT let that stop you – if you win and you want me to review club-only, then I am ON THE HOOK for procuring them somehow. Tough to go too far wrong with Judd’s Hill, they make some very nice juice. Cheers!

  • Mike Kraft

    How about Frank Family Zin…my wife and I love it!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Mike – you missed the giveaway by one day, though. :)

  • Michelle Johnston

    Sobon Estates Reserve Zin, please. I tasted it at ZAP last year and loved it.

  • Mike Sterling

    2008 Homefire of Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel .. Exquisite, Impressive, Complex, Classic, Aromatically Erotic, Timeless, Age-worthy, Monstrous, Provocative, Addictive, Iconoclastic, Tastes of a Beautifully Unknown Origin .. along with some easily identifiable tastes like Berry, Cherry, Vanilla, Cocoa, Anise, Light Oak, and a sense of time and place that is only Dry Creek Valley.

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