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San Luis Obispo Wine Country’s Rockin’ Harvest Celebration

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— It’s time for wine lovers from near and far to get ready to rock as San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country hosts its 23rd annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration—a series of wine and food events happening amid storybook beachfront and back roads settings on November 1 – 3, 2013.

The main event is the open air, ocean view “Grand Tasting and Auction” ($85 / $95 for 11 a.m. entry) on Saturday, November 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Attendees enjoy cuisine by some of the finest local chefs paired with wines by the artisan winemakers of SLO Wine Country, plus live music by local indie-pop favorite, Fialta. Along with food and wine from more than 60 establishments comes a winemaker-hosted wine and lifestyle auction featuring rare wines, culinary treats and SLO Wine Country destination experiences. “The winemakers and grape growers really put on a show and go all out with their auction lots,” said Heather Muran, Executive Director of SLO Wine Country. “This portion of the day is truly entertaining.”

She adds that one of the more popular live-auction lots is called “fund a need,” where auction monies benefit a local cause. This year two non-profits have been chosen: The Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, which provides clothing for needy students throughout the county; and the Sexual Assault Victim Education group, which provides safety curriculum to schools to help reduce the incidence of sexual assault and molestation of children.

Meanwhile, SLO Wine Country has teamed up with the Avila Beach Tourism Alliance to offer a $20 per ticket discount for travelers booking their stay in Avila Beach. They may also use a special trolley on Saturday, November, 2, for travel between several Avila Beach hotels and the Grand Tasting event. For information and tickets, visit www.slowine.com or contact (805) 541-5868, info@slowine.com. A “designated driver” ticket is also available for $30.

On Friday, November 1, participants become “roadies” for an afternoon and enjoy a “backstage” look at three SLO Wine Country wineries. Happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this “Rockin’ Road Trip” ($50) takes attendees from vine to wine, teaching the art of winemaking through demonstrations and hands-on activities at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery; Talley Vineyards; and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery. Space is limited at this “experience” event, which includes a luncheon and wine tasting.

Attendees may also enjoy the “Collaborative Winemaker Dinner” ($110) on Friday evening, November 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande. Hosted by one of SLO Wine Country’s celebrity winemakers, the dinner will consist of five courses by Chefs Russ and Heather Thomas of Two Cooks Catering, all paired with wines of SLO Wine Country. This will be an evening under the stars, overlooking the breathtaking Arroyo Grande Valley. Space is limited.

Sunday, November 3 is a winery open house day for all of those who attended Saturday’s Grand Tasting. All day “SLO Wine on Tour” features wineries offering complimentary tastings, food and live entertainment along with wine discounts and special offers.