Wine Tasting Paso’s King Crimson: CABs of Distinction
Get ready for the “CABs of Distinction” wine tasting event in Paso Robles, April 25-26. Put on by a consortium of winemakers who wholeheartedly believe Paso is holy ground for producing the King of Grapes, this event provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in spectacular quality wines from producers of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals. The weekend begins on Friday, April 25, with wineries hosting various events throughout the day, and winemaker dinners at wineries and in Paso Robles’ most sought-after restaurants in the evening.
If you haven’t been to Paso Robles in a spell, this is a good opportunity to get up to date on this burgeoning wine region that boasts over 300 wineries, a growing number of gourmet restaurants and wine bars, distinctive, stylish B&Bs and major new lodging accommodations everywhere you turn. It’s safe to say Paso has arrived at its true station on the railroad track of winedom.
The CABs of Distinction Gala on Saturday will be held at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles and will include tastings of 32 wineries (28 member wineries and four invited garagiste producers), each thoughtfully paired with artisanal cheese or charcuterie. Enjoy complimentary decadent catered lunches provided by notable Paso Robles restaurants and caterers (Robert’s Restaurant, Crush Catering and Avant-Garde Experience), chocolate tastings, live music, a barrel-making demonstration, and more.
Luxury VIP ticket holders will start the day with an intimate private vintner-hosted reception and lunch at Thomas Hill Organics in downtown Paso Robles at 11 a.m. The indulgent multi-course menu will be paired with select Cabernet and red Bordeaux wines creating a palate experience like no other. After lunch, enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the event site where you will be the first to arrive and taste through member renowned reserve wines at 1 p.m. VIP guests will have private access to a VIP Lounge throughout the day, and continued access to the Gala from 2-5 p.m.
Premium-Reserve VIP tickets are also available for early entry to the Reserve Tasting at 1 p.m., access to the VIP Lounge throughout the day, as well as full access to the Gala.
Tickets for the CABs of Distinction Gala event can be purchased at www.pasoroblescab.com. The website includes member winery details and contact information, trade tools and the PRCC blog with extended member features, harvest reports and other news.
Members of the Paso Robles CAB Consortium (PRCC) to date include ADELAIDA Cellars, Ancient Peaks Winery, B&E Vineyard, Bon Niche Cellars, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Margene, Clautiere Vineyard, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Hammersky Vineyards, Hunt Cellars, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard & Winery, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Le Cuvier Winery, Le Vigne Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Parrish Family Vineyards, Peachy Canyon Winery, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Record Family Wines, Red Soles Winery, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, and Vina Robles.
Sponsors for this year’s Cabs of Distinction event include:
Smurfit Kappa Orange County / Orange County Container Group (Title Sponsor); The Tasting Panel Magazine; Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance; The SOMM Journal; Bruni Glass; Enartis Vinquiry; Golden State Overnight; Cellotape / Landmark Label; Saxco; Demptos; Martinez Farm Labor; Portocork; Tonnellerie/Leroi; Farm Credit West; Lafitte Cork & Capsule; Umpqua Bank; The Blueprinter; Fiji Water; The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis; KRUSH Radio; Butlerz Events; Cal Poly University; La Quinta Inn & Suites; The Oaks Hotel; Courtyard Marriott; Paso Robles Inn.
BY: LAURA NESS, WINE JUDGE & WINE WRITER
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” is an accomplished wine journalist and wine critic whose passion for wine was ignited by a visit to France, where she had the unmatched pleasure of tasting Sancerre in the medieval town of Sancerre – splendid!— and then a Saumur, after visiting the Chateau de Saumur in Chinon. The concept of terroir came alive in those incandescent moments. She regularly judges wine competitions and serves on the tasting panels of the Pinot, Cabernet and Chardonnay Shootouts. She was instrumental in helping define the unique sub-regions of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in concert with Appellation America. You can usually find her sipping and smiling in Mendocino, Livermore, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Cruz Mountains and Paso Robles. Laura writes extensively for many industry and consumer publications, and has weekly wine columns in several Bay Area newspapers. She blogs, irreverently and sporadically, at myvinespace.com.