MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, an alliance of the appellation's winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district's world-class vinifera, have announced their media and trade tasting schedule for early 2016. Members of the press, restaurateurs, and wine retailers will have the opportunity to sample the newest releases from more than thirty Santa Lucia Highlands–appellated brands on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Fort Mason's Gallery 308 in San Francisco. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, March 21, the SLH group will be staging a trade and press tasting for local accounts at Quail Lodge in Carmel.
Invited press and trade attendees will explore limited releases, many poured by the winegrowers themselves. Wineries scheduled to participate include August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Black Kite, Hahn Family Wines, Hope & Grace, J. Lohr Highlands Bench, J. McFarland Wines, Joyce, La Rochelle, Loring Wine Co., Luli, Mansfield-Dunne, Manzoni, McIntyre, Mer Soleil, Miner, Miura, Mooney, Morgan, Novy, Pessagno, Pisoni / Lucia, Prim Family, Puma Road, Roar, Sarah's Vineyard, Scheid, Siduri, Smith Family Wines, Tantara, Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor, and Wrath.
Space at the tastings will be limited and reservations are needed to attend. Admission is complimentary for qualified wine retail and restaurant buyers and the press. Trade passes may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state's best cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompasses more than 6,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range. The area's unique character was recognized with official A.V.A. status in 1991; 2016 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the S.L.H.'s designation.
Formed in 2005, the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is an association of vineyards and wineries that grow grapes here or use this region's fruit to craft their wines. The group's primary goal is to promote this unique viticultural district and increase awareness and appreciation of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The public is invited to sample all of the group's wines at the tenth annual SLH Gala at Mer Soleil on May 14; tickets go on sale February 1 at SantaLuciaHighlands.com.
Contact: Dave Muret, 408.205.1516, Email
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