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An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights in Pismo Beach

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Come enjoy An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights in Pismo Beach. San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell will be the main stage emcee for the 30th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights to be held on Sunday, June 4th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach. This spectacular occasion benefits the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.

Each year, the tranquil grounds of the Historic Chapman Estate are transformed into an elegant garden party, and guests are invited to enjoy the panoramic ocean views, stroll through the lovely gardens, lounge poolside and bid on silent auction items, while tasting over fifty of SLO County’s most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners.  Guests will also enjoy a variety of live music: Cool Notes (Tali Ortega), Nick Larsen of Proxima Parada, The Paisanos Band, The Hot Club of SLO, Natalie Haskins and Geovani Gabriele.

Tickets for Afternoon of Epicurean Delights are $125.00, and available for purchase at Crushed Grape, SLO Chamber of Commerce, Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, on line at aed.capslo.org or by phone from the Health & Prevention Division office at 805-544-2498.

To minimize the impact on Pismo Beach residents, guests are asked to park at Pismo Beach City Hall, 760 Mattie Rd. and ride the complimentary shuttle.

For those not living on the Central Coast, Afternoon of Epicurean Delights has become the best reason for a get-away weekend and an experience that brings people back, year after year to Pismo Beach.

Contact Paula B. Clark:  bartile@pacbell.net, Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, Media Volunteer

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit agency that focuses on helping people and changing lives by serving more than 30,000 people annually. We are committed to fighting poverty by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs.

 

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Some Things to Consider When Wine Tasting

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Some things to consider when wine tasting are as follows:

ENJOY: Probably the most important thing to remember about approaching a wine tasting is to simply have fun.  No one cares about how much knowledge you do or do not have about wine – what matters is that you enjoy it, want to discover it and try new wines from new winemakers and different regions.   Tabula rasa (blank slate) is a great way to approach wine tasting and you will always learn something new no matter how much wine education you have (by all means, avoid being the pretentious boor of your wine tasting party — it makes others that may not know as much about wine feel uncomfortable, self-conscious, and make it hard for them to enjoy the experience).  Blank slate: someone or something that is still in an original state and that has not yet been changed by people, experiences, etc. Boor: a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.

LEARN: Approaching winetasting from merely a point of appreciation for the tradition of winemaking is a perfect place to begin. Appreciating the area, learning about the particular producer, the different grape varieties in a wine, and, again, enjoying the experience are probably the most valuable things you will derive from winetasting.

EXPLORE:  So many people drink wine but have never stood in a vineyard, let alone touched the leaves, let the soil run through their fingers, picked up and sniffed the rocks and the surrounding earth, examined the stalks, and if possible (depending the season) tasted a grape before it becomes wine. It’s amazing and gives you an entirely new perspective on the wine and wine production. Note: Always ask for a vineyard tour or if someone is available to take you to see the vines.  If someone is available, they are usually happy to oblige an interested guest. Do not go it alone.

SELF-PRESERVATION: If no one in your party is abstaining from drinking, then consider hiring a driver or taking a wine limo or bus. All of you can enjoy the experience together and no one has to be worried about the driver either becoming inebriated or not having fun.  Also, it is important to eat something substantial before beginning your wine tasting.  Taking a picnic basket is fine, fun and romantic if you are visiting wineries with picnicking areas.  Now, some wineries and tasting rooms offer cheese plates and the like, however, it is strongly cautioned that you do not begin winetasting on an empty stomach. Equally important is to know that you do not have to drink the entirety of every pour and you can taste and spit if you wish (that’s why the buckets are available on the bar – it is not vulgar or insulting). Note: This may be stating the obvious, but it is not recommended that you “spit” wine while eating food.  Although you do not have to finish a pour during a pairing, food and wine pairings usually involve tasting the items together.

For more details on Wine Tasting room etiquette, read on at Rules For Visiting A Tasting Room by Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann; visit http://www.winemag.com/2015/08/13/14-rules-for-visiting-a-tasting-room/