I have no idea how the great wine critics are able to take such extensive tasting notes on so many wines at these events, unless they utilize some electronic recording device. Check out the 2012 ZAP Grand Tasting report of Alder Yarrow at Vinography or the even more detailed notes by Richard Jennings at RJ on Wine (Richard Jennings' 2013 Grand Tasting report is not posted yet and Alder Yarrow indicated he was unable to attend this year.)
If you like wine and are interested in an educational experience that is fun, friendly and unpretentious, you really should consider attending next year’s Zinfandel Festival. There is nothing else quite like it. Whether it is the Flights Tasting, Epicuria food and Zin pairings, Winemaker Dinner, or Grand Tasting, there is something for everybody and you are sure to have a good time. The Concourse is easy to find with a Google map and there is plenty of parking nearby. Glasses are provided at the tasting with enough food that you will not need a lunch.
500 Zinfandels were offered for tasting from 204 different wineries! There are were many Zinfandels that we did not have time to taste, but of those we did taste, these were my favorites:
Bedrock 2011 Vineyard Heritage Wine-$36, 90 points
Carol Shelton 2009 Wild Thing Old Vines,