In its post-ZAP
report this year, the well-regarded Vinography wine blog named Brown Estate among "The Best Zinfandel in California."*
For those of you who have never attended ZAP, we highly recommend this three-day Bacchanalia devoted exclusively to zinfandel. It is the largest single varietal wine tasting event in the world. The Grand Tasting takes place the last Saturday in January each year at San Francisco's Fort Mason. Imagine two Costco-sized buildings filled with three hundred wineries (owners and principals only!) pouring nothing but zinfandel for five-plus hours. Add upwards of ten thousand zinfandel fanatics to the mix and you've got complete purple-mouthed mayhem. It is an extraordinary event, and something every zinfandel lover should experience at least once in his or her lifetime.
Bookmark the ZAP site via the link above, get your tickets for the 2010 tasting, and belly up to the Brown Estate table next January 30th!*Correction to the linked article: Vinography mistakenly attributed the price of our 2007 Napa Valley zinfandel ($36 per bottle) to our 2007 Chiles Valley zinfandel ($45 per bottle).