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June / July 2018

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66 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2018 paso paso The POWER and PRESTIGE of NEARLY 40 SOMMS AND BUYERS DESCEND ON THE VAST CALIFORNIA REGION FOR CAB CAMP by Michelle Ball / photos by Jeremy Ball CAMP [ ] A view from DAOU Vineyards & Winery in the Adelaida District AVA. In just a few short decades, the rural community of Paso Robles has de- veloped a world-renowned reputation for its Bordeaux-style beauties that can hold their own against the classics of both the famed French region and Napa Valley. Warm, arid conditions, calcium-rich soils, vast diurnal temperature variations, and an overabundance of passionate personalities account for the region's successes with these wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvi - gnon. In fact, roughly 50 percent of the region is now planted to the "king of grapes." In celebration of these beloved varieties, the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective hosted its fourth annual CAB Camp co-sponsored by The SOMM Journal. Nearly 40 sommeliers and wine buyers attended the retreat—twice what was expected, proving the wine community has indeed taken notice.

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