BlendFest

Annual wine tasting features more than 30 Paso Robles wineries

Wine tasting does not have to be as complicated as people make it out to be — as long as you understand the basic principles and learn what to look for. Every palate is different and, therefore, people’s perceptions will vary.
That being said, starting from the beginning simply requires an open mind, the willingness to learn and the ability to pay attention to your sensory areas. The process of developing a palate as a whole can normally be broken down into two separate categories.
The first part consists of the taster’s objective view, where one learns to distinguish between the various individual smells, tastes, flavors and textures. The second part consists of using the information gained from the aforementioned personal views to help draw an overall conclusion, which can include anything from the price of the wine, grape variety, food pairings and even its origin.
For the beginning wine drinker, understanding how to apply the above can often be intimidating and easier said than done, said Christopher Taranto, communications director for the Paso Robles BlendFest.
Fortunately for those just starting to drink and enjoy wine along the West Coast though, the Third Annual Paso Robles Wine Country BlendFest is just right around the corner. On Jan. 13-15, wine enthusiasts — both experienced and inexperienced — will have the opportunity to kick off their new year right by celebrating a variety of locally blended wines.
This limited audience event, held in the Cambria Pines Lodge at 2905 Burton Drive, just off Highway 1 in Cambria, will feature an elegant selection of 90 unique wines, accompanied by distinctly paired cheeses, from 32 different Paso Robles wineries.
The long holiday weekend will highlight multiple different wine tastings, live blending sessions, memorable and delectable brunch menus and various educational seminars. The personal and intimate environment will allow fellow members to take full advantage of the learning opportunity and to truly experience the intricacies behind drinking wine.
"Sponsored by local tourism boards, this off season event aims to connect the more inland areas with the coastal areas," said Taranto.
The goal is to attract and motivate guests from all over, both near and far, to casually sip their way into the fast-growing industry one drink at a time.
Afternoon sessions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and evening sessions will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the BlendFest Grand Tasting are on sale now and can only be bought at pasowine.com.
Registered Cambria and San Simeon lodging guests will have the chance to enter the Grand Tasting sessions 30 minutes before scheduled start times by showing their room keys at the event entrance.
For more information regarding BlendFest, visit the website pasowine.com or contact Taranto at ctaranto@pasowine.com.