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Last week I gave you a few teasers of what our upcoming Paso plans are. Turned out we would have four days of fun so we also planned to include:

Garagiste Festival

We haven’t attended the Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles for a few years as they had created a sister event for us here in Los Angeles. But in planning our Paso trip we realized that the original event was going to be held the same weekend, November 9 through 11. I spoke to the co-founder Doug Minnick, to ask if it was going to be the same wineries we had already tasted with earlier this year and he said, “Many, many different wineries in Paso. And more of them – 70!” So, yea, that’s going to happen. Details in the wineries and tickets can all be found here.

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Le Cuvier Winery

A few people recommended the wines, the food pairings and the fun winemaker John Munch of Le Cuvier Winery to me. I sent the winery an email and got a lovely reply from Munch who said that either he or Clay Selkirk (who has recently taken over the position of winemaker from Munch) or both of them, “will be delighted to show you around.” Munch added, “We have a library containing 7000 plus bottles going back to my first vintage in 1981, so we could taste a few older wines in addition to touring and tasting our current release wines…we can include a bite with the library wines by way of a sort-of lunch.” I was sold. Their current releases include white and red blends and a Zinfandel. Library wines are reserved for members only…

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Vines on the Marycrest

We first met Jenny and Victor Abascal, owners and winemaker (respectively) for Vines on the Marycrest many moons ago. I did a quick search to see when my first tasting of their wines might have been, and it was nearly ten years ago, at the SCV Wine Classic in 2009! (I should’ve remembered that as one person telling me to visit them was Jeff Jacobson, the Wine Chair of the former Classic!) They make a lot of great wines and the only thing that’s changed in that time – as far as I knew - has been a new look to their wine labels! Wines range from white blends to Viognier, red blends, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite Sirah…and I’m thirsty to try any – or all – of their new releases!

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Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden

More than one wine pal had recommended that we visit Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden. Though I had seen many photos of the property’s many sculptures and gardens, I hadn’t visited or tried any of the wines! I was intrigued as a winemaker friend, Dusty Nabor of Dusty Nabor Wines, said that he gets his Bentley Cabernet Sauvignon from them, and I was a fan of Nabor wines already! Dusty connected me with winemaker Paul Frankel and we were set. Checking out the website I was really looking forward to seeing the winery for myself, learning more about their story from Paul and maybe sampling any of their current releases that might include the Estate Viognier, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, or Petite Sirah.

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Spirits

For a final full day we wanted to visit as many distilleries as we could on the Paso Robles Distillery Trail. These included: Willow Creek, Calwise (which also had food, cocktails and spirits), Krobar Craft Distillery and Manucci spirits.

Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com