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September 2016

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2016 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT M ixologist Andrew Burne from the Cello Ristorante & Bar at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles wine country placed second at the inaugural "Ultimate Mix-Off" mixology contest at this year's California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, with his cocktail Heard It through the Grapevine. The competition pitted ten of the area's best mixologists against one another to create a signature cocktail using a spirit from a local distiller. Burne's cocktail was paired with Paso-based Highspire's Rye Whiskey, created by local vintner Austin Hope. Burne then mixed it with house-infused lemongrass Campari, sweet vermouth, coffee beans and fresh flowers plucked from the Allegretto gardens, and finished the drink over a lavender and rosemary smoke pillow with a lemongrass straw. Thirty Years of Winemaking T alley Vineyards welcomes its 30th anni- versary of winemaking. Specializing in estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from coastal San Luis Obispo County, Talley Vineyards reflects three generations of family farming history. The Talley family first established their roots in the Arroyo Grande Valley as specialty vegetable farmers in 1948 with the creation of Talley Farms. It wasn't until 1982, with the planting of the Rincon Vineyard, that the Talley Family transitioned into the wine business and produced their first wines in 1986. Since its inception 30 years ago, Talley Vineyards continues to partner with Talley Farms. Now a leader in the local farm-to- table movement, Talley Farms has been successfully operating its Fresh Harvest program—bringing local produce to local people—since 2012. And as of June this year, the general public is now able to purchase fresh vegetables adjacent to the Talley Vineyards tasting room at their new- est collaboration, the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Farm Stand. Brian and Johnine Talley, owners of Talley Vineyards, celebrate their thirtieth anniversary of winemaking. PHOTO COURTESY OF TALLEY VINEYARDS Mixologist Andrew Burne. The Ultimate Mix-Off in Paso Robles

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