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San Luis Obispo Vintners Association Harvest Festival

Over 1,000 people enjoyed the wine and food at the SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration Grand Tasting at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Twenty-seven wineries and twenty-six restaurants from the Central Coast showed off their finest in an afternoon of wine tasting, food sampling, live music, auctions and the celebration of a successful harvest. 

Vintners were part of the party as they poured wine from their booths and participated in the live auction. Becky Gray, the Executive Director of the SLO Vintners Association was pleased with the day stating, "This was a big success with a record crowd and a record amount of wineries and restaurants participating. The venue here at the Avila Bach Golf Resort couldn't be better. We had sun, cool breezes, ocean views, plenty of food and wine and a great crowd."

Wineries poured new releases as well as plenty of older vintages. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc were in abundance. Also to be found was a dry white Verdelho from Kenneth Volk Vineyards, the 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir and the Pinot Naturale from Salisbury Vineyards and Sextant Wines' Reserve "Nightwatch", a rich heady Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah blend.

Under the tent the auction was a lively affair and raised over $50,000. Many wine lots went for thousands of dollars. Lifestyle packages were also included with, gourmet dinners and unique trips. The Cal Poly Viticulture Department, who released their first ever student made wines, were also a recipients of generous donations of $9,000 during the auction.

Weekend activities including winemaker dinners, and open houses at wineries through out the San Luis Obispo area. Plans for next year are already in progress. Mark the dates, November 3-6, 2011.

Participating Wineries

Ancient Peaks
Bianchi Winery
Cal Poly
Claiborne & Churchill
Copper Creek Cellars
Domaine Alfred
Edna Valley Vineyard
Javadi Wines
Kelsey See Canyon
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Kynsi Winery
Ortman Family Vineyards
Per Bacco Cellars
Piedra Creek
Salisbury Vineyards
Saucelito Canyon
Sextant Wines
Wild Horse Winery
Wood Winery
Wolff Vineyards

Participating Restaurants:

A & M Mushrooms
Alex's Barbecue
Apple Farm
Atrium at Embassy Suites
Café Andreini
Catering Unlimited
Corner View
Cracked Crab
Gardens of Avila
Giovanni's Fish Market
Govinda's Garden
House of Bread
Inn at Morro Bay
Lido at Dolphin Bay
Native Lounge
Old Country Deli
Park Restaurant
Paso Robles K'Ulinary
Pelican Point Bar & Restaurant
Rays Own Brand
Sweet Earth Chocolates
The Clubhouse at This Old House
The Cove at Avila Beach Golf Resort
Windows on the Water

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