2012: It was a very good year

Jeanette Trompeter
May 30, 2012 | Jeanette Trompeter

2012: It was a very good year

Marcel Vigneron of "Top Chef"Marcel Vigneron of "Top Chef"

Ask most vintners about 2011 and they’ll likely tell you they’re glad it’s over.  While there are some wonderful grapes that did come out of the crop, there were also acres of grapes lost to a late frost and it hurt a lot of growers.

So there’s a lot of hope for 2012 around here.  And I have to say after attending this year’s Paso Robles Wine Festival (the 30th annual!) I’m feeling pretty optimistic.

Like some of the wines I’m featuring in this year’s shipments, it was a perfect blend.

A great crowd, but not too big, perfect temperatures (in the 80’s but plenty of shade so comfortable for shorts and flip flops for the guys and us ladies got to don our sundresses without worrying about lugging around a sweater in case the breeze came up.) and just a bunch of great wines being poured by fun-spirited vintners some of who got with themes in the way they dressed, or served their vintages.

Tbe band was great and it was comfortable to dance.  There was a return of the food and picnic area, which provided a great kick-back spot if your pallet, needed a rest from the sipping and savoring of central coast flavors.  And with more than 4000 tickets sold in advance and another 500 sold at the gate, the Paso Wine Alliance was thrilled with the anniversary event.

It was great fun to run into old friends here and there, and to make my way early to wineries I have yet to sample.  (There are more than 250 wineries in the Paso Robles region alone and of course they’re coming up with new nuances to old favorites and complete new wines each year, so it’s a wonderful endless job to try to keep up with what’s new and what’s good.  (And get your hands on some of the awesome classics when they are poured at events like these.)

The Paso Wine Festival is kind of like spring training for baseball.  IT kicks off wine season here on the Central Coast.   From now through Harvest weekend, there are events virtually every weekend centered on our beautiful wine country.   So get out the calendar and start planning.   Because if this weekend’s Paso Wine Fest is any indication, 2012 is going to be a very good year indeed.

Marc Goldberg/owner of Windward Vineyards (and a Ruby Shoes Store client) and JT

A Ruby Shoes club member gets an early taste of one of September's shipments from Calcareous Winery.

Celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron of "Top Chef" whips up some great frozen sangria to pair with Justin Wines.

Temporary Tattoos reflected the spirit of the day.

Janice and a club member enjoy Reserve tasting friday night.

To see video and stories about the Paso Robles Wine Fest, click the following links.

Thousands enjoy Paso Robles Wine Fest:

 “Top Chef” Marcel Vigneron visits Wine Festival


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