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The 2018 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards Recognize Leaders of the Industry at the California Mid-State Fair

Awards to be Presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at the Mission Square

PASO ROBLES, CA (July 12, 2018) – The San Luis Obispo County wine industry annually comes together to honor members of the local wine community. These awards recognize dedication, stewardship, innovation, and leadership demonstrated in the San Luis Obispo County wine community. The 2018 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to – Winegrape Grower of the Year, Randy Heinzen, Vineyard Professional Services; Winemaker of the Year, John Munch, Le Cuvier Winery; and Wine Industry Person of the Year (posthumously), Archie McLaren.

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association, the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area, The Vineyard Team and past award recipients worked together to identify the 2018 honorees. Upon nomination, each recipient was voted on by their peers for their leadership and accomplishments in California’s third largest wine region, San Luis Obispo County.

“This year’s group of awardees have all made significant positive impacts within San Luis Obispo County’s wine community,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “These awards celebrate three men whose leadership, hard work, and innovation have brought worldwide recognition for the wines, as well as the destination of San Luis Obispo County.”

The San Luis Obispo County wine community will celebrate this year’s award winners at a special event on Friday, July 20 at the California Mid-State Fair within the Mission Square beginning at 6:30 p.m. The awards presentation is a free event with paid admission to the California Mid-State Fair. Preceding the awards presentation is a ticketed event featuring a walk-around tasting of the gold medal winners of the Central Coast Wine Competition. Click here for more information about the event. Links to bios follow.

Winegrape Grower of the Year – Randy Heinzen, Vineyard Professional Services

Winemaker of the Year — John Munch, Le Cuvier Winery

Wine Industry Person of the Year (posthumously) – Archie McLaren

ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers, and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. Social – #pasowine, @pasorobleswine (Twitter and Facebook), @PasoWine (Instagram).

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