It’s still has one of the best names (short for Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) and the 22nd annual Zin-centric ZAP festival is still one of the best wine tasting events around. Opening today, the three-day affair encourages oenophiles to go on their own zinfari, exploring the breadth of this varietal in all its glory from a multitude of producers. Highlights include food-and-wine pairings, guided wine flights, a winemaker’s dinner and the final Grand Tasting on Sunday (2-5 PM for the general public) that will showcase hundreds of Zinfandels. For more event info and tickets, check out the website (The Concourse, 635 8th St).
The city’s historic Gold Dust Lounge is reopening this weekend in its shiny new Fisherman’s Wharf location and to celebrate it’ll be throwing two-days worth of parties. If you’ve ever lamented about the death of old-school San Francisco landmarks, now’s the time to show your support. On Friday, following a private ribbon cutting ceremony, the public is invited in to the bar at 7 PM where they'll be a live roaring 20s band and doormen dressed as sheriffs. On Sunday, they’re hosting another free party from 1-4 PM but you must RSVP in advance (165 Jefferson St, 415-397-1695).
Here’s our idea of a super Sunday: first dibs on fresh baked pastries from former Range pastry chef Michelle Polzine, of the forthcoming 20th Century Café. Her Hayes Valley café isn’t slated to open until the spring, but she’ll be at State Bird Provisions hawking her rugelach, tarts, knish and other signature sweets, along with coffee and jars of jam to take home at a bake-sale-style pop-up for the next couple of Sundays. She’ll be there this weekend (Feb 3), as well as on February 10th, February 24th and March 3rd from 11AM-2 PM (1529 Fillmore Street).