Annual event celebrates new vintage October 17-19
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and anticipation shared by winemakers, growers, and tasting room staff alike. It is the culmination of a successful year of hard work and dedication to their craft, and is a glimpse into the promise of the new vintage. Harvest Wine Weekend 2014 is the perfect time to plan a wine country getaway. Held Oct. 17-19, the annual event celebrates the new vintage with more than 140 Paso Robles wineries inviting wine lovers to their tasting rooms, vineyards and wineries for tours, special tastings, live music, winemaker dinners and much more.
Wineries get creative during the Harvest Wine Weekend celebration, bringing new and different activities, educational opportunities and hands-on fun for all participants. Harvest festivities include wine and bacon pairings, ceremonial grape stomps, lobster feeds, wine-infused dessert offerings, and blending sessions, to name a few.
Early harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country
“With harvest likely starting a little early this year, Harvest Wine Weekend cannot come soon enough,” said Joe Barton, grower and winemaker of Grey Wolf & Barton Family Wines. “This event serves as a break in harvest for us to celebrate the new vintage with all our visitors who quite literally appreciate the fruits of our labor.”
In fact, many winery owners in the area started harvesting their grapes towards the end of August this year, much earlier than in years past.
Find helpful links at Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance website
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance offers a wide variety of helpful links to all things wine-related at its website, pasowine.com, including many that pertain to Harvest Wine Weekend. Visit the winery activities link on the site and search by winery, day or activity to see what is happening throughout the weekend at participating wineries. Harvest Wine Weekend does not require a ticket, however some of the wineries may require RSVP’s or have fees associated with their individual events, so be sure to plan ahead.
Plan to designate a driver when wine tasting, or visit the transportation section of the website to find a touring company in Paso Robles Wine Country. In addition, a link to several lodging accommodations – hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, and more – is available; book early as lodging for the weekend tends to fill up quickly.
The PasoWineApp for iPhone is available for download free of charge on the Apple App Store. This new app gives Paso Robles wine enthusiasts a tool to plot their wine country trip during the three-day event weekend, remember their favorite wines and wineries, share with friends and keep up on the latest happenings throughout Harvest Wine Weekend. Visit the pasowine.com website for more information and to request a hard copy brochure.
More 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 third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 32,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information call (805) 239-8463.
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