CAB Camp 2021

SommFoundation and the Paso Robles CAB Collective are pleased to announce CAB Camp 2021, March 1st - 29th, for qualifying Texas trade and sommeliers. Participants will be selected to join an intimate group of top wine professionals for a one-of-a-kind experience. Applications are currently being accepted through January 17, 2021.

Discover the most exciting up-and-coming U.S. wine region, Paso Robles. This program offers a deep dive into all that this incredible wine region has to offer. The online experience will inclue virtual vineyard tours, educational seminars and discussions with the winemakers. Participants will receive wine samples to taste in conjunction with the webianrs, as well as one year's access to SommFoundation's Global Diagram of Wine.

This program is a series of five webinars on Mondays starting at 1 pm Pacific:

Introduction to Paso Robles and its AVAs

March 1, 2021 | 1 - 3 PM PST

Formed in 1983, the Paso Robles AVA is a diverse appellation location in the northern region of San Luis Obispo County, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and only six miles in from the Pacific Ocean. Paso Robles has grown to encompass 40,000 vineyard acres within 11 AVAs. This vineyard acreage is spread over a sprawling district roughly 42 miles east to west and 32 miles north to south. Cabernet & red Bordeaux varietals are grown in each of the AVAs. This session will explore Cabernet Sauvignon from eight of the districts: Adelaida, Creston, El Pomar, Estrella, Geneseo, Santa Margarita, Willow Creek, and Templeton Gap.

The Effects of Calcareous Soils, Diurnal Swings & Phenolics of the Paso Robles Terroir

March 8, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM PST

What makes Paso Robles Cabernet stand out from the rest? The answer lies in the region's distinctive soils, topography, and the fifty degree nightly diurnal swing that allows the grapes to rest from the warm days and long hang-time the grapes enjoy to reach full ripeness. This all lays the groundwork for the incredibly high phenolics which attributes to the ageability of wines from Paso Robles.

Stellar six bordeaux varietals: cabernet, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot and carmenere

March 15, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM PST

Over 24,000 acres of the total 40,000 acres in the region, or 60% of the region's total plantings, are red Bordeaux varietals. Due to the soil types, topography and microclimates that define the region's terroir, no two vineyards are alike. However, their ability to grow world-class red Bordeaux varieties unities their unique differences. This session will explore all single single varietal wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.

CAB (Cabernet and red bordeaux) Blends

March 22, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM PST

Paso Robles in known for its pioneering winemakers and wines that reflect their untamed spirits. Not bound by legal or colloquial mandates, the winemakers of the Paso Robles CAB Collective have garnered high regard for their sumptuous red Bordeaux blends that showcase the use of multiple grape varieties and from various Paso Robles AVAs. Six winemakers will showcase their best CAB blends in this session.

Cabernet: The King of Paso Robles

March 29, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM PST

Paso Robles traces its wine history as far back as the 1700's, but it truly came into its own in the 1960's when Dr. Stanley Hoffman and Andre Techelistcheff planted some of the first Cabernet. By the time Paso Robles gained AVA status in 1983, local pioneers including Gary Eberle, Jerry Lohr and Justin Baldwin, to name a few, had crowned Cabernet as king in the region. Paso Robles is deeply rooted in its potential with Cabernet Sauvignon and this session will explore the attributes that position thisregion on the global stage.