January 18, 2011

January 18, 2011
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Photo provided by Cocktail Bill Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts.

~THE COCKTAIL BILL BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~ is hosting an event on January 27th with the 2010 Master Distiller of the Year, Jim Rutledge. As the 

Four Roses Master Distiller, Rutledge will be sharing what it takes to make a good bourbon (he’s been doing it for 40 years, so expect some stories!) at this tasting of Four Roses Bourbon (guests will taste Four Roses Yellow Label, Limited Edition, and Small Batch Four Roses Bourbon, plus a special cocktail prepared for the occasion). 6pm-8pm. Tickets are $35. There are only 40 seats. Proceeds go to support the work of the BCCAC (Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail) and the future of The Boothby Center. 1161 Mission St. Suite 120 at Julia (between 7th and 8th St.).

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ZAP photo by Wayde Carroll.

Grab that baguette and wine glass, because it’s that time of the year: the return of the ~ZINFANDEL ADVOCATES AND PRODUCERS FESTIVAL~ to San Francisco, otherwise known as the ZAP festival. This is ZAP’s 20th year, and it all kicks off on Thursday January 27th with the Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing (6pm-9pm) at the Herbst Pavilion at Ft. Mason Center. Tickets for this walkaround tasting of 50 wines paired with 50 restaurants are $140 ($100 for ZAP members).

There are a couple other events, but the big one is the Grand Zinfandel Tasting on Saturday January 29th, at the Herbst and Festival Pavilions at Ft. Mason Center. Open to the public from 2pm-5pm. Get ready to see a lot of purple teeth. Tickets are $70 ($60 for ZAP members, and an entrance time of 1pm).

And just in case you’d like to see what you’re in for, here’s a photo album I took a couple years ago. And this year’s featured winery is Cougar’s Leap. (Jus’ sayin’.)