Plan now for February 9 through 11

We provide for our readers a look at what Paso Robles, Cambria and San Simeon are offering to more fully experience the Central Coast paradise in which we live and work hard to enjoy. Mark your calendars and check out the pasowine.com website for complete details and ticket information.

What better way to recover from the rigors of 2017 than a respite of fun and pampering? From February 9-11, folks do just that when the 2018 BlendFest will returns to the Central Coast.

“BlendFest is a perfect staycation opportunity for locals to enjoy their favorite Paso Robles blended wines at the coast and stay overnight at one of the seaside inns in Cambria and San Simeon,” said Christopher Taranto, Communications Director with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.

The three-day event brings together scrumptious food, scores of fantastic local wines and paradise surroundings in which to savor them. BlendFest is also creative way to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day, which sneaks up on everyone midweek this year on February 14.

“Blended wines, meaning the blend of different grape varieties within the same wine, is considered the fasted growing wine trend currently in the market,” says Taranto.

To unwrap the three-day weekend, a four-course Winemaker Dinner at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 9, will feature selections from seven to nine wineries at Indigo Moon in Cambria. Cost: $100.

On Saturday, the Grand Tasting at Hearst Warehouse #2 in San Simeon enjoys a leisurely start in two sessions with approximately 200 people per session and 30 wineries on hand to pour two to three wines each. Session 1 takes place from 1-3 p.m. For Session 2, a Sunset Tasting makes the most of the golden hour between 4-6:30 pm. Cost: $45 to $65.

To cap the weekend, on Sunday three to five featured wines will supply the Blending Seminar at Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon, where fabulous views of the coast await guests. For those new to the world of wine and for aficionados alike, the seminar encourages everyone to play winemaker in an art-meets-science discovery of how combinations interact. Cost: $40.

Taranto emphasized the terrific array of grapes available that make Paso Robles the place for discovering new Rhone combinations.

“With 46 different varieties grown in Paso Robles, the region’s real call to fame are the blends, and what balanced blends they are!”

For more information, visit pasowine.com.