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Wine alliance announces new north coast wine event 

First-ever Paso BlendFest to be held Feb. 21

BlendFestThe Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in conjunction with the Cambria Tourism Board, San Simeon Tourism Board and Wine Coast Country announced a new partnership to bring a Paso Robles wine event to the north coast of San Luis Obispo County.

On Feb. 21, 2015 the inaugural Paso BlendFest on the Coast will showcase the best characteristics of each partner, combining the scenic beauty of the coast with Paso Robles Wine Country, only miles away. Held during off season, BlendFest is sure to become an annual marquee event helping to promote stays at the area’s lodging properties and celebrate Paso Robles Wine Country in a beautiful setting.

BlendFest will invite visitors to San Simeon and Cambria to Grow Wild beyond a glass of everyday wine and will feature 25-30 of Paso Robles’ renowned wineries, each featuring two distinct blends! Held at The Cavalier Resort in San Simeon, guests will be able to enjoy spectacular wines, only surpassed by the stunning coastal views.

“As evidenced by Paso’s recent honor as Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the region has become known for rule breaking, unconventional blends,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “It is now time those blends got their own dedicated festival!”

To maximize the experience, BlendFest on the Coast is a multi-session event featuring two unique events for two audiences. Session one, held from 1 to 3 p.m. will be limited to 150 guests and feature wine tasting for $40. Session two, the “Sunset Tasting,” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with tickets limited to 120 guests at $65 per person. This tasting will also feature passed appetizers and live music.

“We are pleased to join with the Paso Robles Wine County Alliance to host the first annual BlendFest,” said Michael Hanchett, Chairman of the San Simeon Tourism Board. “Our place on the coast is an environmentally and culturally rich area, which we look forward to showcasing through this event and encourage people to take in the many other attractions which make San Simeon and Cambria special.

San Simeon and Cambria hotel guests will receive discounted admission with their hotel stay at participating lodging properties as well as a Paso Wine bottle holder. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1. Additional complementary events are in the works, including a winemaker dinner. February 2015 also marks the second annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month honoring California’s rich heritage, Highway 1 Discovery Route, and the country’s first Stewardship Travel Program (STP). Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month.

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