Winemaker Central

Main Event Hours
11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, September 27 and
Sunday, September 28, 2014

We bring the Central Coast wine regions to you in a series of 1-hour seminars designed to educate, inform, and tantalize your senses.  Winemakers, sommeliers, and industry experts will guide you through these intimate and up-close experiences while Sunset Wine Editor, Sara Schneider, moderates the sessions.

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Winemaker Central Seminars

Reserved seating. Advance purchase is required.

*Schedule is subject to change without notice.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

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      • An International Sparkling Display
      • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
      Seminar

      Discover the world of Sparkling wine in this exciting seminar featuring a sample of bubbles from across the world. A perfect way to start off your day at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, this seminar will highlight California Sparkling wines and internationally crafted Sparkling wines. Learn what makes a Prosecco distinctive from a Champagne and gain helpful insights from winemakers on how to taste and see the difference.

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      • Seriously Pink! The Rise of Rosé
      • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
      Seminar

      Whether you call it rosé, rosato, or rosado, enlighten your taste buds with this refreshing summer pink wine and learn about the rise of its popularity. In this seminar, you will taste a range of rosé styles, from lean and minerally to rich and fruit-forward, including single-varietal wines as well as blends. Whether it’s made from a Syrah, or a Grenache grape, rosé boasts a light bodied, fruity, and tangy taste, perfect for a refreshing summer treat. Pink never tasted so seriously delicious!

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      • Sunset International Wine Competition
      • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
      Seminar

      Sip wines ranked at the top of their class from the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition held in April in Menlo Park. Deemed worthy in class by a panel of leading palates, Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider will present you with tastes of these award-winning wines featuring three domestic and three international winners.  She will walk you through the judging process so you too can learn just how these wines were named the best of the best.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

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      • RIEDEL Wine Seminar
      • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
      Seminar

      Presented by RIEDEL the Wineglass Company

      Sip from some of the world's highest quality, most elegant stemware and learn what a difference a glass can make. Test your palate with a comprehensive tasting showcasing why the glass you pour wine in is important to your taste buds. Explore three different wine varietals as they are paired with the appropriate glasses. Participants will take home a set of RIEDEL Stemware (includes 3 glasses).

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      • Grow Wild with Paso Robles Wines
      • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
      Seminar

      Presented by Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

      The stars of Paso Robles align at this seminar showcasing six wines from six top producers of Paso Robles Wine Country. Recently awarded the top honor of Wine Region of the Year in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Annual Wine Star Awards, Paso Robles Wine Country displays ingenuity and willingness to go beyond the constraints of convention. In celebration of the unconventional, featured wines are non-traditional blends that will show you the path to Grow Wild beyond your glass of everyday wine.

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      • How Well do you Know Your Wines? Test Your Blind Tasting Skills
      • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
      Seminar

      Test your ability to distinguish a Cabernet Sauvignon from a Pinot Noir in this blind tasting featuring six Central Coast wines. Winemakers will be there to assist, as they describe the nose, taste, and finish of each single-varietal wine and the characteristics to look for. Take the test and see where your palate ranks in this fun and educational seminar.