“Taste of the Back Roads” added to Harvest Wine Weekend Festivities


Taste of the backroads3By Xochitl Maiman

In the 12 years or so that I’ve
been visiting Paso Robles, the number of wineries has grown from 50 to almost
200! As I see it, there is so much more to love about this beautiful and
welcoming California wine producing region.

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. 

Taste of the backroadsThe 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.

For the first time, visitors to
the 2012 Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend, October 19-21, 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” Wine Seminar and
Grand Tasting to be held Friday, October 19. The “Foaling Barn” at the
picturesque Windfall Farms will be the setting
to enjoy fine hand-crafted wines and olive oils and delicious food from local
favorites, Ted’s Taco Bar, Dean Brothers Smoke House and LaGuardia’s Homemade
Since 1912. Guests will also be treated to the cool sounds of Acoustify to take them into the evening.  

Taste of the backroads 2A special tasting seminar led by
a panel of five “Back Roads” winemakers is being offered prior to the main
tasting event.  Proceeds from the event
will benefit the Paso Robles Youth Arts
Foundation
.

Click here for more
information on Taste of the Backroads
. Tickets are available at participating
wineries
and at Brown
Paper Tickets
.

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.

 

 

after reading this post i really like it as its make alive my old memory with my friends as we enjoyed lot with paso robles wines at affordable price........
Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:39pm