Three winemakers from Paso Robles will showcase their Central Coast Red Blends at a comparative tasting at the new WiVi Central Coast 2013, held March 19-20. The panel will be led by Lance Cutler, a contributing writer to Wine Business Monthly. Though only the winemakers from the Central Coast will be present, attendees will have a chance to taste nine blends from Paso Robles, Napa and Washington state. Previously, Wine Business Monthly has covered a series of varietal-focused tastings where the single grape variety pretty much determines how the wine is handled. The question then becomes what is the influence of terroir versus winemaking technique? How far do winemakers go in persuading their wines? With the rising popularity of red blends, winemaker and writer Cutler will lead a comparative tasting of a good assortment and representation of these wines. Winemakers from Justin Vineyards & Winery, L’Aventure and RN Estate will discuss their decisions over which grapes to use, how to make the wine and more. A separate ticket is required for this event. See www.wivicentralcoast.com/attendee-information/sessions for more details.
Roger Nicholas of RN Estate Vineyard will be on hand to discuss his red blends. Nicholas moved to New York City from a countryside village in Brittany, France at age 20, looking for his dream to come true. He worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the country, including La Grenouille in New York, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and L'Etoile in San Francisco. He later opened up his own restaurant, La Potiniere in San Francisco. Nicholas gained international acclaim for The Home Hill country inn and restaurant in New Hampshire, of which he was the founder and owner. Throughout his endeavors, he developed a love and passion for wine, and began to scout the perfect vineyard. In fall 2005, Nicholas released the first vintage of RN Estate Wines, with a vision of creating one of the best red wines grown in Paso Robles.
For more information about RN Estate Wines, visit www.rnestate.com.
About WiVi Central Coast 2013
California's Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular and celebrated wine regions. Since December 2009, 95 new wineries popped up in the Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. In 2012, nearly 7 million cases of wine were produced in the region. This burgeoning area faces many unique issues in its wine-growing and winemaking efforts, and WiVi Central Coast 2013, a new symposium and trade show hosted by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting, has been created to address those topics.
WiVi will be held March 19-20, 2013 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. It is the only trade show and symposium to address the issues facing the Central Coast wine industry, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. For more information, visit www.wivicentralcoast.com.