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“Taste of the Back Roads” Celebrates the end of Harvest 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! Paso Robles is winding up its 2013 harvest and getting ready to celebrate! And celebrate it will this weekend during the Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend. And actually there’s more to celebrate than just the harvest. There are new restaurants, new wineries, new hotels and B&B’s – even a new cookie store! Paso continues to grow and yet seems to maintain its small town feel that is so much a part of what I love about the area.
Without question, some wonderful wines are being produced in Paso Robles, many by the small family owned and operated wineries that, I believe, are the heart and soul of the area. The rolling, oak studded hills, corduroyed with endless rows of vineyards on both sides of Highway 101, are home to small charming tasting rooms where visitors can enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience, often while visiting with the winemaker or owner. Sharing the landscape with the vineyards, olive orchards offer the sculptural beauty of the trees while providing the fruit for some of the state’s finest quality olive oil.
The Back Roads Wineries of Paso Robles, is a collective of over 20 such wineries along with olive oil producers and charming B & B’s located in the beautiful countryside east of Highway 101. Together these wineries produce an impressive and large variety of wines. Expect to find carefully handcrafted wines made from Rhone varietals such as Viognier, Rousanne, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Classic Bordeaux varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. You’ll even find wines made from Italian varietals like Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Primitivo and Barbera. Of course, there’s plenty of Zinfandel and creative and innovative blends abound! A tour of the Back Roads wineries could take days, especially when it’s so easy to get lost in a long, relaxed conversation over a glass of wine while hanging out on a patio with a stunning vineyard view.
This year, visitors to the 2013 Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend, October 18-20, will have the opportunity to taste wines and olive oils from many of the “Back Roads” producers all under one roof at the “Taste of the Back Roads ”, Saturday, October 19. The event, to be held at the “Foaling Barn” at the picturesque Windfall Farms , will feature a VIP wine and food pairing before the Grand Tasting event. Guests will also enjoy hearty harvest cuisine prepared by Chef Jacob Lovejoy of Cass Catering and music by Mike Maguire. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.
Xochitl Maiman is a social media consultant with a passion for working with family run wineries and other small businesses. With a big soft spot for Paso Robles, she often writes about local events, wines and people at www.illdrinktothat.info.