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Blue Skies and Exciting Wine Country Events Predicted for Paso!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Spring is in the air! The hills of Paso are greener than ever, and I'm (enthusiastically) hauling my shorts, sandals, and other fair-weather clothes out from the hidden depths at the back of my closet. In addition to rearranging my wardrobe, I'm also gearing up for all of the exciting Paso Robles events that accompany the coming of spring.
First up on the calendar is Chocolate Fantasia, happening Friday, February 26 at the Centennial Park Ballroom. Given that I have the most insatiable sweet-tooth ever, this event is definitely one I've been looking forward to. There will be fountains of chocolate, chocolate martinis, chocolate and wine pairings and more! Admission is only $12, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Paso Robles REC Foundation, which strives to provide beautiful parks and recreational facilities throughout the Paso Robles community. So go ahead and indulge - it's for a good cause!
Also coming up in March is the Zinfandel Festival! This annual celebration of Paso's "heritage varietal" is a weekend filled with events you don't want to miss. Wineries throughout the Paso Robles AVA will be pulling out all the stops; offering up free-tastings, discounts, barbecues, and winemaker dinners galore!
The "main" event - the Zinfandel Grand Tasting - will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center Saturday, March 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Here, over 50 different wineries will be pouring their Zins for you and your palate's sipping pleasure. Tickets for the Grand Tasting can be ordered through the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance's website. You'd better hurry - pre-sale tickets for this event went on sale as early as January 31, and the Grand Tasting does tend to sell out! I'd also recommend making your hotel reservations early as well, since Zinfest brings people from far and wide to our friendly city. Fortunately, Paso Robles has plenty of beautiful, high-class hotels for you to choose from!
As for me, this week I'm heading down to sunny San Diego to pour at the Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour events. If any of you out there live down South, stop by for some tasting! It's not every day Paso Robles brings its wine country directly to you. I'll be posting updates from the event here on the blog, as well as information about hotel discounts, travel promotions, and other great Paso Robles events, so check back often!
Until then, I'll be home - happily organizing my sunglasses and flip-flops.