PASO ROBLES, CA (July 12, 2016) – 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 industry. The 2016 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to – Wine Industry Person of the Year, Jean-Pierre Wolff, Wolff Vineyards; Winemaker of the Year, Steve Peck, J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines; and Winegrape Grower of the Year, Bob Thomas, Mesa Vineyard Management.
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 2016 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.
“Each year the wine community looks forward to the Mid-State Fair as a time we can join our fellow agriculturalists in recognizing our leaders, innovators and visionaries,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We are excited to honor these three men whose passion for San Luis Obispo County wine and quest for quality in the vineyard and winery is to be celebrated.”
The San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards event takes place on Friday, July 22. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. within the Mission Square at the Mid-State Fair and concludes at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend this free event with paid admission to the California Mid-State Fair. Visit www.midstatefair.com for more information. Links to bios follow.
Winemaker of the Year — Steve Peck (J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines)
Winegrape Grower of the Year – Bob Thomas (Mesa Vineyard Management)
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)