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2010-03-26
Media Contact: Christopher Taranto
Phone: 805-239-8463

PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY HOSTS FIRST-EVER GRAND TASTING TOUR IN MID-PENINSULA AREA
Featuring More Than 30 Vintners Pouring 150+ Wines April 21 - 23, 2010

PASO ROBLES, CALIF – MARCH 24, 2010 - Paso Robles Wine Country, one of the nation’s preeminent wine producing regions, will host their first Grand Tasting Tour in the Mid-Peninsula areas of Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Redwood City. From April 21-23, 2010, Paso Robles wines and winemakers will be featured in a series of tasting events and winemaker dinners held throughout the area. On April 22, the Grand Tasting will showcase more than 30 vintners from California’s third largest winemaking region featuring over 150 wines and exemplifying the 40+ premier varietals and blends from Paso Robles Wine Country. This is an excellent opportunity for consumers and those in the wine trade and media to meet the winemakers and taste renowned wines from the area.

"This three-day visit to the San Francisco Bay Area brings the world of Paso Robles wines to locals’ doorsteps with numerous opportunities at different value levels to taste the celebrated varietals and meet the winemakers from Paso Robles Wine Country,” said Stacie Jacob, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We invite everyone to visit Paso Robles and explore our beautiful wine country, but if you can’t make the trip, this is the next best thing.”

In addition to a series of exciting winemaker dinners and wine retailer tastings throughout the area, more than 30 Paso Robles winemakers will converge at Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park (2400 San Hill Road, Menlo Park, www.quadrusconference.com) to present a series of exciting events for consumers and those in the wine trade. A preliminary schedule of events includes:

April 21: Winemaker Dinners
Experience hand-selected wines paired with food from some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Mid-Peninsula areas of Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Redwood City. For a listing of winemaker dinners, visit www.pasowine.com/events/grand-tasting-tour-mid-peninsula.php. Partnership opportunities for restaurants are still available. For more information, contact the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance for more information at (800) 549-WINE (9463) or visit www.pasowine.com.

April 22, 1-5 pm: Trade and Media Tasting
Kicking off the day from 1 – 2 pm, Sunset Magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider will lead the panel discussion “Paso: The High/Low Split” that explores a cross section of Paso Robles wines and the excellent quality to value that exists from this award winning region. (Complimentary; open to trade and media only; rsvp at midpeninsula@pasowine.com).

Afterwards local wine buyers, distributors, sommeliers and others from the wine industry will have the opportunity to taste and learn more about the wines of Paso Robles Wine Country during an exclusive “Walk Around Trade Tasting.” Both events are complimentary and exclusive to media and the wine trade industry only. Reserve your place by emailing midpeninsula@pasowine.com.

April 22, 6-8 pm: Paso Robles Wine Country Grand Tasting
This flow-through tasting event highlights more than 150 Paso Robles-area wines accompanied by gourmet hors d’oeuvres, prepared to complement the wines showcased.

A sampling of participating wineries and hospitality partners includes: Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery, Ancient Peaks Winery, Anglim Winery, Caliza Winery, Clavo Cellars, Clayhouse Wines, Derby Wine Estates, Four Vines Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Hope Family Wines / Treana, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, kukkula, L'Aventure Winery, Maloy O'Neill Vineyards, Opolo Vineyards, Peachy Canyon Winery, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, RN Estate Vineyard & Winery, Robert Hall Winery, Rotta Winery, Silver Horse Winery, STANGER Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard,Terry Hoage Vineyards, Vina Robles and Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards.

Sunset Wine Club Exclusive: At 5:30 pm, before the doors open to the public, Sunset Wine Club members will have the unique opportunity to take a private tour of the event with Sunset Magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider and discover some of her favorite Paso Robles wines and winemakers. Sunset Wine Club members also receive $5 off admission. For more information, email midpeninsula@pasowine.com.

April 23, 5-6:30 pm: In-store tasting at K & L Wine Merchants, Redwood City
At this intimate retailer tasting, guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from six Paso Robles wineries hand-selected by K & L.

Tickets to the Consumer Grand Tasting event are $45 per person in advance and $55 at the door (cash only). For more information about the winemaker dinners, tasting events and to purchase tickets, contact the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance at (800) 549-WINE (9463) or visit www.pasowine.com. Event attendance is limited; advance purchase is highly recommended.

For questions related to the 2010 Grand Tasting Tour, please contact Christopher Taranto, Communications Manager with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (805) 239-8463.

About Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
The Paso Robles Wine Country 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 more than 180 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.

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