Paso Robles Grand Tasting Hits LA

This week, fans of Paso Robles wines will come to Los Angeles where over 40 wineries will participate in a series of events, tastings, and dinners. Tomorrow they will flock to Vibiana, a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles (214 S. Main, from 6:30-8:30pm to taste their fill. Appetizers will be provided by Room Forty;  tickets are $60. Learn more about the Paso Robles Grand Tasting and purchase tickets here.

Winery participants include:

Adelaida Cellars
Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery
Ancient Peaks Winery
Anglim Winery
Bianchi Winery
Calcareous Vineyard
Caliza Winery
Clavo Cellars
Clayhouse Wines
D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars
Eberle Winery
Grey Wolf Vineyards & Cellars
Halter Ranch Vineyard
J&J Cellars
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Kiamie Wine Cellars
L’Aventure Winery
Le Vigne Winery
Lone Madrone
Minassian-Young Vineyards
Niner Wine Estates
Ortman Family Vineyards
Peachy Canyon Winery
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
Roxo Port Cellars
Sextant Wines
Silver Horse Winery
STANGER Vineyards
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Terry Hoage Vineyards
Thacher Winery
Treana and Hope Family Wines
Venteux Vineyards
Victor Hugo Winery
Vina Robles
Zenaida Cellars

I’ll be attending the afternoon industry event and plan to share some of my finds here! Which ones are favorites of yours? Which wines should I be sure to taste? I have to admit, I am familiar with only a few of these wineries (Eberle, Bianchi, a few more), but what I know I love and I am looking forward to seeing what they’re doing in this region so close to home. In particular, I will be searching for my favorite rhone varietals. Maybe I’ll even source myself a Hospice du Rhone ticket for this year’s event April 28-30 in Paso Robles!

Also at the afternoon event: Los Angeles based author Rex Pickett, well known as the author of Sideways, the film which is credited with destroying sales of everything except Pinot Noir, and especially merlot!

Pickett has a new book out, Vertical, and I’m going to ask him to come north to read and sign books and possibly even join us for a winemaker dinner during the “Message in a Bottle” writing workshops I’m leading and organizing that take place in Ventura and Ojai March 23 and 24.