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.
Former investment and international banker Justin Baldwin founded JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in 1981 when he purchased 160 acres west of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast and planted his estate vineyards. Since its inception, Baldwin has focused his efforts on producing Bordeaux-style blends from the estate vineyards for the JUSTIN label. Justin is a pioneer in producing this style of wine on the Central Coast and his efforts have been rewarded with past and present vintages earning 90+ points by the major wine trade publications. More encompassing recognition has come from awards such as the Grand Sweepstakes award winner, Best of class, Best of Region, the coveted Pichon Lalande trophy for "World's Best Blended Red Wine" and Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of the World. Vintages have received numerous accolades by capturing Decanter Magazine's "4 Stars", Restaurant Wine's "3 Forks" and Connoisseurs Guide's" 3 Puffs".
Baldwin is an active participant in the wine world. He is a frequent panelist at prominent food and wine events worldwide, is a board member of the Family Winemakers of California, board member of the Wine Institute, board member of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, vice-chair Paso Robles AVA committee, co-founder of the West Side Grand Crew, the Far out Wineries of Paso Robles and The Wellness Community Central Coast. For his contributions, he has been named the Paso Robles Wine Industry person of the year and has been made a Commandeur d’ Honneur De L’Ordre Du Bontemps Du Medoc.
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.