Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend one of my favorite events of the year: the Zinfandel Advocate and Producers (or ZAP) annual festival. On Thursday night I participated in a walk-around food and wine tasting. A bunch of wineries pair up with local restaurants and caterers who create a small dish to pair with the wine. Attending this sort of event is a great way to learn about pairing food and wine because you can really taste which pairings work well and which don't work so well. Saturday was the grand walk-around tasting with hundreds of wineries pouring Zin barrel samples, new releases, and premium wine. I snapped a bunch of pictures that better illustrate my experience.
To see what was my favorite pairing and pour, check out the images after the break.