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Format Changes for ZAP Festival: Zinfandel group offers four days of new events.

San Francisco, Calif.--The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers association debuted a new format this year for its annual festival: the Zinfandel Experience. A pre-festival trade tasting followed a varietal seminar. A food and Zin pairing called Epicuria was the highlight of day two, and other events included a winemakers dinner and auction, flights of limited-production Zinfandel and more.

Brighid Flaherty is the general manager of Jerome Winery/Cellar 433 in Jerome, Ariz.

Berryessa Gap Vineyards sales rep Valerie Crow (left) and winemaker Nicole Salengo.

Rock Wall Wine Co. in Alameda, Calif., hosted a pre-festival trade tasting in the giant hangar that Kent and Shauna Rosenblum converted into a winery for their brand and smaller labels.

Charlotte Tyran (left) and winemaker Juan Jose Verdina Busch represent Cycles Gladiator.

Shale Oak wineinaker Curtis Hascall and Ashlie Leslie of Sextant Wines pour Zinfandel.

Three Wine Co. owners Matt and Erin Cline currently offer five varietal Zinfandels.

Gigi Benson (left), vice president of Pat Paulsen Vineyards, visits Rock Wall winemaker Shauna Rosenblum (center) and Rock Wall sales and production manager Chelsea Blackburn.

Britta Hagstrom and Abby Lopez handle the wine club and direct sales for Cypher Winery.

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