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June / July 2017

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84 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2017 Ideal Conditions for the Numerous wineries joined together to showcase their passionate winemaking and resulting wines to a distinguished group of wine buyers. OF GRAPES KING THE PASO ROBLES CAB COLLECTIVE PROVES THE POTENTIAL OF THE BLOSSOMING REGION by Michelle Ball and Allyson Gorsuch / principle photography by Jeremy Ball HALFWAY BETWEEN Los Angeles and San Francisco, the once rural ranching town of Paso Robles has transformed into a distinguished wine region. The area has gained greater recognition with each vintage, the wines popping up on wine lists and in retail shops across the country. What bet - ter way for buyers and sommeliers to explore Paso Robles wine country than a three-day immersive experience? This is the third year for our Paso Robles CAB Camp, hosted by the Paso Robles CAB Collective and co-sponsored by The Somm Journal. The region's abundant sunshine, maritime influence and enormous diurnal temperature swings create an ideal climate for the Bordeaux varieties grown here. Combined with the vast array of soil types throughout, alkaline calcare - ous shale and alluvial clay to sandy loam soils, these late-ripening varieties fully PHOTO: ALLYSON GORSUCH As seen from The Farm Winery's Cardinal Vineyard, the calcareous limestone soils, also found in Bordeaux, France, and Coonawarra, Australia, make the Adelaida District sure to rise to international acclaim for Cabernet Sauvignon.

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