ZAP welcomes guest blogger Fran Troxler, with her wonderful story of Zinfandel Festival, both official and improvised. Every other year, they make the trip West for the ZAP Zinfandel Festival. Read on to see what they do when the cross country trip to Festival isn’t in the budget. Now we’re wondering what they do when they’re not coming out for the Oscars!
By Guest Blogger, Fran Troxler
Our love affair with Zinfandel wine began well before we attended our first ZAP Zinfandel Festival at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. But, that event changed us forever! The moment we arrived, we were hooked. How could we make this an annual event?
Sadly, since we’re from “back East” we simply can’t make the trip every year. So, in 2011, we came up with a Plan B. We decided to host our very own Zinfandel Festival —in our brand new “wine bar” /basement. Today, our wine bar is affectionately known as Morning Light Cellars. Nothing fancy mind you, built from plywood on saw horses, it turned out great, thanks to the creativity and talents of my husband.
Our groups of friends are a competitive bunch, so making parties into prize-winning contests, well anything can happen. We asked our guests to bring two bottles of Zin and a small plate food pairing to share. Prizes for best wine, best food, best pairing, etc. were awarded … all the Zin disappeared … taxis were called (we are responsible bunch too) and well … the rest is history … and history in the making. Read the rest of this entry »