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May 10, 2013 7:20 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Paso Robles CAB Collective Debut Event Exceeds Expectations

A group of local Cabernet producers is pretty thrilled with the first gathering to promote the quality of the local varietal.

The inaugural Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective's CABs of Distinction weekend provided member wineries an opportunity to showcase the quality of their wines to about 1,000 attendees. That's twice what they were expecting.

The event happened April 27th at Windfall Farms. It started with a panel discussion for media and trade moderated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine's California Editor, Steve Heimoff. Panelists included Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery, Kevin Willenborg of Vina Robles Winery, Steve Peck of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Scott Shirley of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, David Galzignato of Jada Vineyard and Daniel Daou of DAOU Vineyards & Winery.

The main event, the CABs of Distinction Grand Tasting, showcased 20 top vintners pouring their best Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal wines alongside cuisine from the region's finest restaurants and food purveyors. Wineries included: ADELAIDA Cellars, B&E Vineyard, Chateau Margene, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, HammerSky Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, L'Aventure, Niner Wine Estates, Parrish Family Vineyards, Rangeland Wines, Record Family Wines, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Still Waters Vineyards, Venteux Vineyards, Vina Robles, and Wild Horse Winery.

Organizers say this is only the tip of the iceberg for drawing attention to the quality and potential of the Paso Robles terrior. "We're absolutely thrilled with our first year's events, the level of interest in our wines and the number of attendees who participated," said Daniel Daou.

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