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Media Contact: Susie Riskind
Phone: 773.252.8550

Special ticket pricing through February 27, 2009

(Chicago, IL)â€"Napa enjoys its buzz. Sonoma's a household name. But nestled between San Francisco and Los Angeles is Paso Robles, the fastest growing wine region in California, sporting more than 180 wineries (and growing) within 26,000 vineyard acres.

Now, Chicagoans can swirl and sip their way through a grand tasting, featuring the fruit of more than two-dozen acclaimed winemakers from the region, at the River East Arts Center on March 10, 2009.

Ripe for the picking, Paso Robles turns out intensely lush, balanced vinos that are the product of cool nights, warm, sunny days and plentiful, late rains. Its climate and geographyâ€"a winemaker's dreamâ€"allow for a longer-than-average growing season. Featuring more than 45 mostly bedrock-derived soil series, which blanket river bottoms, verdant, swooping hills, flatlands and mountains, the Paso Robles Wine Country boasts optimal growing conditions for over 40 wine varietals that leave many-an-oenophile thirsty for more.

The upcoming fête will feature events geared toward both the trade and media and the general public.

Trade and media invited:
Those in the wine and media industries are first invited to attend a technical seminar, complete with tasting components. From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 10, a panel of three Paso Robles winemakers will pour and discuss two wines each, showcasing the diversity of the region's wines. Between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., participants will then be invited to partake in a walk-around tasting. The trade and Media should RSVP by calling 800.338.7819, ext. 6.

Wine Enthusiasts invited:
The Paso Robles Grand Tasting will open to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact 800.549.WINE or visit to rsvp online. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Buying in advance pays off, as tickets purchased prior to February 27 will cost $75 a pair.

Among the highlights will be two tables devoted entirely to regional red and white wines that can be had for under $20 a bottle. Artisanal cheeses and passed hors d'oeuvresâ€"including Moroccan-spiced lamb cups with minted yogurt and roasted butternut squash, blue cheese and fried sage pizzaâ€"will complement the experience.

The participants from Paso Robles Wine Country are as follows: Adelaida Cellars; Ancient Peaks Winery; Calcareous Vineyard; Cass Winery; Clautiere Vineyard; Clavo Cellars; Clayhouse Wines; Eberle Winery; Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines; EOS Estate Winery; Four Vines Winery; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Kenneth Volk Vineyards; Kiamie Wine Cellars; kukkula; L'Aventure; Niner Wine Estates; Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, Robert Hall Winery; Silver Horse Winery; STANGER Vineyards; Sylvester Vineyards & Winery; Tablas Creek Vineyard; Treana Winery; Victor Hugo Winery; and Vina Robles.

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (Alliance), 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 26,000 vineyard acres and 180 wineries. For more information, visit

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