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2010-03-16
Attn: Beth Nagengast
Media Contact: Cinquain Cellars
Phone: 805-400-5978
Fax: none
Website: http://www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.com

THE PLEASANT VALLEY WINE TRAIL PRESENTS BORDEAUX BLITZ 9 ESTATE WINERIES, 1 FUN PLACE
New wine trail in Paso Robles Wine Country hosts benefit for San Miguel Mission at RiverStar Vineya

SAN MIGUEL, Calif. – March 16, 2010 – The businesses of the new Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, a group of nine estate wineries and one award-winning olive oil company, today announced “Bordeaux Blitz – 9 Estate Wineries, 1 Fun Place”, a benefit for the San Miguel Mission.

The family-owned businesses of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail will come together at RiverStar Vineyards located at 7450 Estrella Road in San Miguel at the “T” of Airport Rd. and Estrella Road from 12 to 4p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Tickets are available online for $25 per person at http://www.silverhorse.com/Wines/Events or at the event for $35 per person. Ticket price includes unlimited wine tasting, light appetizers, music performed by Michael Shelton, and a commemorative glass. Each winery will feature at least one red or white Bordeaux blend or varietal along with their other offerings. Guests can taste and enjoy more than 25 wines and delicious olive oils – all in one place. All net proceeds will benefit the San Miguel Mission in downtown San Miguel.

With more than 25 different wines being poured, the Bordeaux Blitz is a great way to taste estate wines from all nine wineries as well as award-winning olive oil in one convenient location. Plus, you’ll be benefiting the much needed restoration efforts of the historic San Miguel Mission,” said Steve Kroener, Owner & Winemaker at Silver Horse Winery.

Bordeaux Blitz tickets can be purchased at all participating tasting rooms, or on-line at www.silverhorse.com. Don’t miss this fun, unique opportunity to discover new Paso Robles wineries, while also benefitting the San Miguel Mission! For more information, please visit www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.com.

ABOUT THE PLEASANT VALLEY WINE TRAIL
The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail is the newest group of Paso Robles wineries and businesses joining together to provide visitors with one easy route to premium wine tasting and olive oil sampling.

Located in the beautiful rolling hills of San Miguel just East of Paso Robles, the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail is just minutes off Hwy 46 East, Hwy 101 North or Hwy 101 South.

Follow the 12-mile trail, marked with directional signs, for an unforgettable day in the wineries and amongst the vines experiencing the warm hospitality, hand-crafted wines, and undiscovered values this small yet diverse group has to offer.

CINQUAIN CELLARS
Cinquain Cellars is one of Paso’s newest wineries focused on estate grown reds, including Bordeaux, Rhône, and Port varieties. Their flagship wine and debut release, the 2006 Reserve Meritage Bordeaux blend, was awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Class of Region at the 2008 California State Fair, while Robert Parker Jr. calls their 2006 Syrah “…delicious and sexy...” . It is the culmination of a 20-year dream shared by Dave and Beth Nagengast. The winery is just 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles or Tobin James Cellars. For more information or to schedule a private tasting appointment anytime, please email beth@cinquaincellars.com. 6404 Independence Ranch Place, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-400-5978 www.cinquaincellars.com

J&J CELLARS
Even though the Judd Family has farmed in San Miguel for almost four decades, our winery and tasting room is a new addition to the growing list of wineries in this historic area. We present our wines in a spirit of value and everyday enjoyment, with three individual tiers to match any taste or occasion. In addition to the Bordeaux varietals and unique blends, we offer award winning bottling of varietals such as Tempranillo, Barbera, and Zinfandel. 2850 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-467-2891 www.jjcellars.com

LOCATELLI WINERY
In our intimate tasting room, you'll find exceptional limited-production wines, many of which are produced from our Estate vineyard into single varietals and proprietary blends. Be sure not to miss our signature wine, Estate Petite Sirah, which sells out every year or try any of our other delicious vino including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Pinot Grisio and dessert wines too! Bring your picnic to enjoy under our umbrellas while taking in the beautiful views of the Salinas River and if you happen to be here at noon, listen for the church bells from Old Mission San Miguel which still continue to ring through the canyon. Locatelli Winery 8585 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel, 805 467-0067 www.locatelliwinery.com

PRETTY-SMITH Vineyards &Winery
Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery is a one woman operation producing 100% estate grown Bordeaux varietals and blends. Winemaker Lisa Pretty takes fruit from the thirty year old vines, ferments them in small batches and then ages the wine in barrel for an average of 3.5 years. The result is soft, smooth and silky wines are that like velvet in your mouth. The tasting room is open Fri-Sun 11:00 – 5:00 with a large picnic area for those who want to sit and enjoy the vineyard views. Members of the wine club also have access to the Pretty Café -- the place where wine, food and friends meet. 13350 River Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805.467.3104 www.prettysmith.com

RANCHITA CANYON VINEYARD
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard is located on the hills overlooking beautiful Pleasant Valley, and is family owned and operated by Bill and Teresa Hinrichs -- and their twins Adam and Anna. This is their 11th harvest, and they are now making estate wines from their rich, concentrated bold fruit. The vineyard's first vines were planted in 1970, and that fruit is used for their "Old Vine" Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines. Additional varietals have been planted starting in 2000, and other wines available include three "signature" blends, six varietals, a delicious Cabernet "Port," and three new releases. Harvest is in full swing, and this is a great time to visit! Please stop by to meet the family, check out the unique hilly location and vineyard, and see how they are "taking wine to greater heights!" 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-467-9448 www.ranchitacanyonvineyard.com

RIVER STAR VINEYARDS – EVENT LOCATED AT RIVERSTAR
RiverStar Vineyards will be hosting the Bordeaux Blitz and produces award-winning wines with character, elegance and style. 7450 Estrella Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-467-0086 www.rivererstarvineyards.com

SILVER HORSE WINERY
Come taste and experience what everyone is talking about! Exceptional Bordeaux and Spanish varietal wines are what our family-run winery is all about. Sitting atop a hill in the Pleasant Valley, Silver Horse is a tasting experience unique to the central coast. With three beautiful patios in which to enjoy our delectable wines and bocce courts / horseshoe pits to keep you well entertained, you're sure to have a memorable time. Only 12 minutes from downtown Paso Robles, come join us and experience Silver Horse Winery for yourself! 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. (805) 467-WINE (9463) www.silverhorse.com

TACKITT FAMILY VINEYARDS
Tackitt Family Vineyard wines are made using old style techniques in small lots to ensure the highest quality. The signature wine of Tackitt Family Vineyards is Gewurztraminer. It is produced Alsatian style of a slightly dryer but intense fruit wine that complements a wide variety of foods. Along with Gewurztraminer, Tackitt Family Vineyards also produces a Bordeaux style blend, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot and Riesling. In addition to these great wines, Tackitt Family Vineyards also produces a solera aged fortified dessert wine made from late harvest Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Leon Tackitt, the head winemaker, a 27 year Navy Veteran recently moved to the Paso Robles area to live out his dream of owning and operating a winery. Along with his dad, Boyd Tackitt they are producing exceptional wines. Winery is open 12p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule a private tasting appointment, please call 805-296-0866 or email leon@tackittfamilyvineyards.com. 6640 Von Dollen Road, San Miguel, CA 93451 www.tackittfamilyvineyards.com

TERRACE HILL OLIVE OIL CO.
Come in for a complimentary tasting of our award-winning Tuscan varietals olive oils and flavored oils along with cheese pairing. We also feature a large selection of house made gourmet meat rubs, herb blends and vinegars. We are located atop the beautiful hills of San Miguel at 2620, California Poppy Lane, San Miguel, CA 93451. Family owned and operated by Uwe and Martina Henze. 805-467-1906 www.terracehilloliveco.com

VILLA SAN JULIETTE – Opening Soon – check website for details.
"Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes" was a reality series following the trials and exploits of award-winning entertainment producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as they made a major investment in a long held dream - owning their own vineyard. In 2006, the vineyard went into full transformation. New plantings including grapes such as Grenache, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Alicante Bouché have been added amongst the existing vines. Currently, we have 119 total planted acres. Also, under drastic transformation is our winery and events center. 6385 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-550-0522 www.villasanjuliette.com

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