This past Saturday, along with 17,000 (or so it seemed) other industry insiders and wine hungry San Franciscans I attended the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Tasting Event at Fort Mason. I'm not going to bore you with the numbers, scathing reviews on the highly disorganized volunteers and registration process. Others can tell you what happened there. I did one thing and one thing only: taste wines -- about 85 of them. I'm just gonna tell you the best ones which will already be selling like hotcakes, so go get 'em.
NOTE: About my scores. You might be thinking, "Hey, why aren't there any 5's or 4's in this list?" I stayed away from the Gallos and the Kendall Jacksons of the world and went straight for the producers that I knew best, as well as experimenting with some small vineyards that I had never heard of.
All of the wines below are Zinfandels.
TOP 10 (in no particular order):
OTHER EXCEPTIONAL WINES:
Wines that scored at least a 7 (good wines):
Wines not to bother with:
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