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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

SLO Export

Funny how much we appreciate the familiar, even in far-off places. Across the world in Rolle, Switzerland...nestled on a COOP grocery store shelf...several bottles of Paso Robles wine made their way to this stunning Swiss wine region. This picture, compliments of my brother who makes his home in Rolle, captured several bottles of EOS Estate Winery's 2005 Zinfandel ageing patiently next to other imported bottles, selling for the equivalent of about $18 U.S. dollars.

When my brother sent me the picture this morning, he asked if I'd ever heard of EOS. You bet! As the volunteer wine coordinator for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, I've assumed the enjoyable responsibility of rallying numerous SLO County wineries to participate as sponsors in the festival. This year you will find EOS pouring at the festival headquarters during Magic Hour (that's filmspeak for Happy Hour) on Thursday, March 18, from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Stop by for a complimentary tasting of some of their reserve wines, hobnob with filmmakers, and get ready for Surf Nite later that evening!

You'll find other great SLO County wines at the festival in various parts of the county throughout the week. On Saturday, March 13, enjoy Windward Vineyard's estate-grown Pinot Noir during Magic Hour at festival headquarters from 4:00-6:00pm. That same evening, don your Western garb and consider attending An Evening at Santa Margarita Ranch, featuring the wines of Ancient Peaks Winery. The afternoon of Sunday, March 14 brings the wines of Arroyo Robles Winery and Kiamie Wine Cellars to the Hollywood & Vines event, A Tribute to David Carradine.

It doesn't stop there! Wednesday evening's St. Patrick's Day celebration will feature the wines of Frolicking Frog, J & J Cellars, Sculpterra Winery, Stacked Stone Cellars, and Wild Horse Winery. The after-party for Surf Nite on Thursday, March 18, will include drink specials from Pismo Beach Winery. Passholders will have the opportunity to attend the Meet the Filmmakers Reception on Friday, March 19, and taste the red wines of St. Hilaire Vineyards. Also taking place that evening is A Night at the Moulin Rouge at Vina Robles Winery.
And don't forget the King Vidor Reception on the closing night of the festival. Winery sponsors include Adelaida Cellars, Baileyana/Tangent Winery, Claiborne & Churchill Vintners, Pithy Little Wine Company, and Twin Poms Winery (the only out-of-county winery to participate; their pomegranate wine is made by twin brothers—both Cal Poly grads).

A special thanks to all of these participating wineries and to the others who contributed to the silent auction, swag bags for visiting celebrities and filmmakers, and to those participating in the complimentary tasting pass this year. Kudos to my brother for scouting this Paso Robles wine in Switzerland and taking the time to forward the photograph to me. How timely that EOS is one of our winery sponsors this year!

I hope to see some of you at the upcoming festival, as this exciting county-wide event provides local residents, as well as out-of-town and international guests, the opportunity to view films from around the world, meet visiting filmmakers and celebrities, and sample outstanding wines from around the county.
You don't have to visit the COOP to enjoy great SLO County wines!

1 comment:

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh my! This looks like a great event! I'm looking forward to hearing about it in future posts.

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