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ZAP! Zinfandel and BBQ in Seattle (and Portland)

For most people summer days mean an increase in grilling and barbecuing.  We just can’t resist the ease and fun that cooking outside on a warm summer day brings to a daily task, which can so often morph into a party or celebration.  And of course, enjoying savory, smoky meats and vegetables fresh from the grill doesn’t hurt the cause at all. 
Once you are ready to bring the meal to the table there’s the choice of beverage.  A favorite option for me is a Zinfandel wine.  I drink Zin all year long but find it especially comes to mind every time I light the grill.  The fruit and spicy character of Zin really complement they smoky flavors of grilled meats and veggies.  I also find that it makes a great beverage to sip while I’m preparing and cooking, too!
Here in Seattle, we have an event coming up at the end of the month that will allow you to taste Zinfandels from over 40 producers – which allows you plenty of time to find your favorites to enjoy throughout the rest of the grilling season.  And not only will there be wines to taste but barbecue, too! 
Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) is pairing with the Culinary Program at South Seattle Community College to present Zin and BBQ!  The tasting will be held in the gardens at South Seattle Arboretum on Sunday July 26.  Tickets are $40 – $35 if you are a member of ZAP.   There is a similar program planned for Portland on July 29
To see the whole list of producers, purchase tickets and get directions to the event, check the website.  Hope to see you there!

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