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CABs of Distinction expands to 5-day event 

CAB CollectiveThe Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective recently announced details for its second annual CABs of Distinction events, April 22 – 26, 2014.

After the success of the inaugural CABs of Distinction event, launched last year to celebrate and promote Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals produced in Paso Robles, California, and the increased exposure and credibility from Paso Robles being named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the collective has geared up for even more events in 2014.

The five-day event begins with the first annual CAB Camp, April 22-24. In collaboration with The SOMM Journal, the collective has developed a three-day, comprehensive and educationally-focused tour that will explore Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals in Paso Robles. The 20 select sommeliers and key wine buyers will gain in-depth knowledge of the promise of these varietals from the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticulture Area). The behind-the-scenes educational experiences will include component tastings, analysis of clonal selections, barrel tastings, vineyard tours, En Primeur barrel tasting of the 2013 vintage, current vintage tastings, a library/rare and reserve tasting that will show the ageability of these wines, winemaker dinners, a zip-line tour over vineyards, and more.

Media- and trade-only events will be held April 23-25. The  Paso Robles CAB Collective  has made complimentary tickets available for qualified media and trade to attend educational events that will shed light on the true potential of Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals from Paso Robles. The non-profit association of 28 winery members will host: En Primeur barrel tasting from the as-yet-unreleased 2013 vintage at 3:30 p.m. followed by a tasting of all current vintage red Bordeaux varietal wines on April 23 in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. The following day will include a vintner panel discussion at 10 a.m. moderated by Matt Kettmann, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast and senior editor of Santa Barbara Independent. The afternoon will then transition to the Library/Rare and Reserve tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. after lunch. Friday, April 25 will consist of self-directed events at member wineries and winemaker dinners in the evening.

Consumer-focused events will take place April 25-26. These two days will showcase spectacular quality wines from producers of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals. The weekend begins on Friday with wineries hosting various events throughout the day and winemaker dinners at wineries and in Paso Robles’ most sought-after restaurants at night.

The CABs of Distinction Gala on Saturday will be held at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles and will include tastings of 32 wineries (28 member wineries and four invited garagiste producers), each thoughtfully paired with artisanal cheese or charcuterie. Enjoy complimentary decadent catered lunches provided by notable Paso Robles restaurants and caterers, Robert’s Restaurant, Crush Catering and Avant-Garde Experience, chocolate tastings, live music, a barrel-making demonstration, and more.

Tickets for the CABs of Distinction Gala event can be purchased at The website includes member winery details and contact information, trade tools and the PRCC blog with extended member features, harvest reports and other news.

Members of the PRCC to date include Adelaida Cellars, Ancient Peaks Winery, B&E Vineyard, Bon Niche Cellars, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Margene, Clautiere Vineyard, Daou Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Hammersky Vineyards, Hunt Cellars, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard & Winery, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Le Cuvier Winery, Le Vigne Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Parrish Family Vineyards, Peachy Canyon Winery, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Record Family Wines, Red Soles Winery, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, and Vina Robles.


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