Far Out Wineries Passport Weekend: January 14-17th

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Paso Robles’ 17 “Far Out Wineries” invite wine lovers to taste their way through award-winning wines during a special Passport Weekend Friday, January 14 through Monday, January 17, 2011. Now in its fourth year, the Far Out Wineries Passport Weekend proceeds benefit The Wellness Community – California Central Coast, which offers programs of education, support and hope for cancer patients and their families. This year the event, set for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend is one month earlier than past years.

Each $40 passport is good for all four days and includes complimentary tastings of award-winning wines and VIP treatment all weekend, plus additional special offerings, pairings, music. Participants who visit eight tasting rooms will be entered into a drawing for prizes. One hundred percent of the Passport proceeds, and five percent of the weekend sales from each of the 17 wineries, will be donated to The Wellness Community – California Central Coast.

Far Out Wineries include Adelaida Cellars, Carmody McNight Estate Wines, Calcareous, Villacana Winery, Dunning Vineyards, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Le Cuvier, Nadeau Family Vintners, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Norman Vineyards, Minassian-Young Vineyards, Tolo, Opolo Vineyards, Pipestone Vineyards, Poalillo Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, and Thatcher Winery. They bill themselves as “Off the Beaten Path and Worth the Drive…”

We once were chefs, photographers, investment bankers, far out hippies, actors, international financiers, studio drummers, brewmasters, wine importers, engineers, developers, & (alas!) even an attorney, but we are all now winemakers with a mutually shared passion for the wide spectrum of flavors arising from vineyards planted in the gnarly limestone hills west of Paso Robles.

The annual event is the brainchild of Justin Baldwin, cancer survivor, and along with his wife Deborah, founder of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, which focuses on primarily Bordeaux-style blends. Baldwin also founded The Wellness Community in Paso, which provides all services free of charge to cancer patients and their families. Since instituting programming in 2006, the Wellness Community has provided programs of cancer support, outreach and education in six different geographical locations county wide.

“As of June 2010, we have provided over 40,000 visits/contacts for cancer patients, their families and our communities,” says Executive Director Christie Kelley. “We have served over half of the annually estimated newly diagnosed cancer patients in our service area and know we have many more to reach.”

Order your passports by Friday, Jan. 7th and receive a discounted price of $35. Passports mailed directly up to January 7th, after that date “Will Call” at the Wellness Community, 614 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. To order Passports or learn more about this special event, call The Wellness Community or visit the Far Out Wineries website at
www.faroutwineries.com. Passports are also for sale at 15 degrees C Wine Shop and Bar in the Vineyard Center near Trader Joe’s. A bonus for Passport participants, Pier 46 Seafood is giving 10% off dinners if you have a passport.

The Wellness Community – California Central Coast (TWC-CCC) is the local affiliate of an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. TWC-CCC serves people affected by cancer in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 805-238-4411 ext 15.

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.