When I moved back to Clovis last year, I was quickly reminded of all of the agriculture here in the valley. I literally live a stone’s throw from where the sweet Wawona peaches are grown, and a short drive down the 99 freeway from the famous Sun-Maid Raisins headquarters. The warm, dry, and flat land of the Central Valley floor can grow pretty much any agricultural product you find at your local grocery store. Amazing.
But even more impressive to a foodie like me, is the fact that the Central Valley is the largest wine-grape growing region in the state of California. California alone accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine – and familiar little valley cities like Bakersfield, Fresno, Manteca, Merced, Stockton and Modesto are a huge supplier to wineries, including E. & J. Gallo Winery (the biggest wine company in the world), the maker of the infamous “two buck Chuck,” Bronco Wine Company, and one of the newest and already 8th largest in the U.S., Parlier’s O’Neill Vintners and Distillers.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 5pm to 8:30pm is an evening when the people of these grape-growing valley cities will get together and raise a wine glass to the biannual Old Town Clovis Wine Walk.
Last year, my husband and I hit up the Clovis Craft Beer Crawl, and it was a total hoot. The streets closed down and the shops opened up, turning into tasting rooms of some of the hoppiest and best craft beer from all over the West Coast.
The Old Town Clovis Wine Walk, held in the spring and fall, is expected to be right up the same alley – good people, and good food – and wine tastings from a slew of local wineries and restaurants, including 11 wineries from the famous Paso Robles area. Wine tasters will grab a glass, then sip and savor their way through picturesque little Old Town Clovis (even snag a bottle or case of vino along the way to take home!). Take a date, take an old friend, take your out-of-town friends who think they’ve seen all of Fresno, and show them a sweet evening of wine tasting…in the wine-grape capital of the state!
Paso Robles and Northern CA wineries participating include: Summerwood, Grizzly Republic, Broken Earth, Villa San Juliette, Pear Valley, Vina Robles, Peachy Canyon, Burbank Ranch, Clayhouse, Derby Winery, Cass, Fopiano
Fresno, Madera, Visalia, and Hanford wineries participating include: Cardella, Simonian Farms, Kings River, Toca Madera, 3 Oaks, Farmers Fury, Ramos Torres
Tickets are available online here or at one of the following Old Town merchants: Fifth Street Antiques, Hearts Delight/The Old Hotel Bistro, Dave Shivers State Farm or Bear Creek Gifts.
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