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Winemakers’ Cookoff announces participating wineries and breweries 

Winemakers Cookoff

The Paso Robles Rotary Club today announced its lineup of local wineries and breweries pouring at this weekend’s 16th Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff . There will be over 20 winemakers and brewmasters competing at the fundraiser to see who can serve up the best culinary creations to pair with their beverages. Guests get the chance to enjoy the food and drink and vote for the best chef. Official judges will pick winners in addition to the people’s choice.

The wineries and breweries set to compete at the cookoff include Adelaida Cellars, Ancient Peaks with Estrella catering, Arroyo Robles, Asuncion Ridge with Second Press catering, August Ridge with Crush Catering, Barrel House Brewing Co., Bianchi Winery, Burbank Ranch, Calcareous Vineyard, Clavo Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, Eberle Winery, Firestone Walker Brewer, First Crush, Halter Ranch, Hearst Ranch Winery, J. Lohr, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Michael Rose Cellars, Opolo Vineyards, Pear Valley, Pomar Junction, Rio Seco and The Price Book. In addition to the competitors, Cass Winery and Grizzly Republic will be pouring.

“We have a fantastic group of local wineries and breweries and we are really excited for this year’s event,” says event co-chair Sharon Ross. “Based on the ticket sales, this will be one of our best-attended Winemakers’ Cookoff’s in years,” she said.

Official judges for the 2014 Winemakers’ Cookoff are five respected food and wine industry professionals: Robert Whitley, San Diego-based syndicated wine writer and wine-industry judge, Mike Cervin, Santa Barbara-based food and wine journalist and author; Kathy Marcks-Hardesty, local wine industry journalist; Sara Schneider, wine editor for Sunset magazine, and Mike Stepanovich, a wine writer and teacher.

During its sixteen-year history, the Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff has become one of Paso Robles’ most-popular wine, food and music events. Since the first Winemakers’ Cookoff in 1999, proceeds from the Winemakers’ Cookoff have been deposited in Rotary’s Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundation building a perpetual fund that has enabled the Paso Robles Rotary Club to award scholarships exceeding $400,000 as well as build a perpetual fund that will help guarantee future scholarship benefits.

The event is Saturday, Aug. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. There are a few tickets still available. They may be ordered here: http://www.winemakerscookoff.com/tickets.html

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