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Media Contact: Steve Fields
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Chumeia Vineyard’s Opening Night Winemaker Dinner

PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA—"Celebrating the Central Coast’s Harvest" will be the theme of Chumeia Vineyards’ 2002 Winemaker Dinner for the kick-off of the Paso Robles Harvest Wine Tour, announced Chumeia winemaker Lee Nesbitt. The dinner will take place on Friday, October 18, 2002, at the Chumeia Vineyards winery.

"We are excited to present a special dinner this year showcasing our recently-released 2000 vintage," said Nesbitt. "And we are thrilled to team up again with Chef Frank Miller to offer a special menu that highlights our wines and celebrates the best of the fall harvest."

Nesbitt and Chef Miller recently collaborated on a successful winemaker dinner at Miller’s Pisacali Grill in Ojai. That event drew rave reviews from all in attendance and foreshadows an experience to be remembered on October 18.

"Frank Miller’s cuisine, with his emphasis on fresh ingredients from California’s Central Coast, is the perfect match to our wines," declared Nesbitt.

Chef Miller echoed the sentiment. "I really enjoy working with Chumeia wines, which I serve in my restaurant every day. Lee’s wines offer great flavor at great value."

The winemaker dinner on October 18 will take place at the Chumeia Vineyards winery. The evening will begin at 6:30 with passed hors d’oeuvres, and then continue with a four-course dinner. Chef Miller will use locally-grown produce along with California quail, salmon, and mushrooms in a grape-infused menu.

To accompany Chef Miller’s award-winning cuisine, Chumeia will serve Viognier, Syrah, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon from its 2000 vintage. The cost is $100.00 per person, and reservations are essential.

On Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, the Chumeia winery will be open for barrel tasting of 2001 Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines will be available for sale as futures. There will also be live entertainment. Tasting fee is $2.00.

For reservations for the winemaker dinner on October 18, please contact Kristen at 805-226-0102. To view the full menu for the dinner, please visit Chumeia’s website at

Chumeia Vineyards is located at 8331 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, California 93446. The winery’s tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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