Celebrate the 2013 Harvest Wine Weekend on California’s Central Coast

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According to industry leader Grapeline© Wine Tours, harvest in Paso Robles wine country is an annual celebration that allows visitors to experience how wine is made with many unique events, tours, dinners, and grape stomps. The 2013 celebration is held the weekend of October 18-20.

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Every swirl and sip tells a different tale with each story crafted by the personalities of wine country.

Harvest Wine Weekend is one of the best weekends to visit Paso Robles wine country with many wineries hosting seldom seen crush and harvest activities. It’s a chance to experience vineyard practices in motion and take part in a blending seminar, or jump feet first into a two-ton grape stomp. This annual wine weekend does not require the purchase of tickets, instead, each winery hosts it's own events to celebrate the occasion their way.

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance says it best, “Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique as each berry in a grape cluster. Out here, every swirl and sip tells a different tale with each story crafted by the personalities of wine country.

"Enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of this exciting season during three days of harvest celebrations. Visit old favorites and try something new, as wineries welcome you into the tasting room and onto the crush pad during the busiest and most exciting time of year. Weekend highlights include winemaker dinners, special vintage tastings, artisanal food and chocolate pairings, vineyard tours, blending seminars, grape stomps and much more.”

There are so many outstanding wineries hosting special harvest events, in fact, the Paso Robles Wine Alliance publishes a book filled with 51 pages of events hosted by wineries specifically for this weekend. Some of the special offerings are better than others, but it's almost impossible for the average visitor to distinguish the best offerings from the vast number available. Industry leader Grapeline Wine Tours offers “Best of Harvest” tours featuring four hand-selected wineries each day in Paso Robles’ wine country. Saturday, October 19 will focus on the West side wineries while Sunday will be dedicated to East side wineries.

Paso Robles 46 West Wineries describe the weekend as “The most colorful time of year in Paso Robles Wine Country and those in the know have long since discovered the experience that can be had while visiting wine country at its height of activity.” Sterling Kragten, Assistant Winemaker at Cass Winery states that “Each year’s harvest is different and this year is especially promising. An early warm spring in conjunction with consistently hot days and cool nights created the potential for an amazing season. Many wineries, including Cass, have started harvesting grapes in mid-august, an earlier ripening date leaves less risk for natures harm.”

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