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2005-09-19
Media Contact: Sarah Flickinger
Phone: 805-239-8463 ext.20
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HARVEST WINE TOUR COMING SOON
Activities planned at more than 75 wineries

PASO ROBLES, CA September 19, 2005 – The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance hosts its annual Harvest Wine Tour October 14, 15 and 16 at more than 75 wineries across the Paso Robles appellation. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles wineries will feature special events at their tasting room locations to celebrate the 2005 crush during this three-day celebration. Events include winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, seminars, exclusive wine tastings, cooking classes, concerts and art shows, inviting wine enthusiasts to visit Paso Robles Wine Country during the colorful fall season.

"A wide range of activities are planned throughout the area with something for all wine enthusiasts to enjoy," said Stacie Jacob, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. "Harvest is the most colorful time of year to visit wine country and see the beginning of the 2005 vintage."

Begin your journey through the state’s fastest growing wine region with a drive through the scenic Paso Robles countryside as you cruise from winery to winery. Make your plans now for the annual Paso Robles Harvest Wine Tour and experience the 2005 crush. For a complete list of activities go to www.pasowine.com or call 800-549-WINE (9463) for a free Harvest Wine Tour brochure.

Paso Robles 2005 Growing Season
The Paso Robles wine region has a long, consistent growing season with warm days and cool nights enabling wine grape vines time to fully mature fruit. Nighttime cooling keeps the grapes’ acid chemistry in balance, overall making the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area (AVA) an ideal growing location. Paso Robles has the largest diurnal (day to night) temperature swing (typically 40-50 degrees during the growing season) of any California appellation due to cooling marine air from the Pacific Ocean.

The 2005 growing season began with a cool, wet spring. Followed by a sunny and dry, but relatively cool early summer until July when daytime highs reached 100 degrees over a period of weeks. Harvest began in Paso Robles Wine Country in the beginning of September with Sauvignon Blanc being among the first grapes picked. Harvest continues throughout October in Paso Robles Wine Country, the state’s largest AVA, as winemakers and wine grape growers work together anticipating another quality vintage.

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), formerly Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association (PRVGA) represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between
San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 25,000 vineyard acres and nearly 100 wineries. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, Paso Robles is an optimal area for producing more than 40 wine varieties. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.
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