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Wine & Food Challenge

March 11, 2018

It’s time for the greatest extended sporting event in the world, tourney time!

Since Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard & Winery was a young boy in 1980 listening to Kenny Loggins sing “this is it” to the opening of Louisville vs UCLA he’s been addicted. Why Eric loves tourney time….

It is the only chance in sports for David to slay Goliath, and we are all as obsessed with upsets as we are with wine!

In Paso Robles, the wine community loves basketball, especially college and most importantly the NCAA Tournament. We have a pickup game with winemakers and industry people twice weekly, and every year when the tournament starts a group led by Scott Hawley of Law Estate Wines and myself watch the games every day at lunch with pints of Guinness and White Rhone blends. Our families, including the smallest of children and oldest of grandparents, rush to fill out multiple brackets for a chance at a prize.

The only problem is how to choose our teams? Yes, it’s easy to pick all the favorites, but that’s no fun and definitely not in the spirit of why they call it “MADNESS.”

This year, Paso Wine is taking away the guesswork and agonizing over whether or not Iona has any chance to upset Duke. The never ending problem of which 15 seed can upset a 2 seed will be solved in the most civilized of manners, food & wine.

How to Enter

Play the Paso Wine & Food Challenge and choose your teams based on what food is being paired with each team! Can a beautiful cedar-planked salmon and Pinot Noir outduel fried green tomatoes and Pinot Grigio? Hell, we don’t know but you may have better luck following your gut than just guessing!

The Road To Paso Robles will prove that picking teams by mascots and colors is nowhere near as fun as picking teams based on what food & wine pair best.

Pick well for a chance to win a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country and other great prizes.

Congratulations to the winners:
Winner- Greg Schrudder, Sacramento
Second Place- Bill Crisan, Indianapolis
Third Place- TBC
Fourth Place- Robert Schneider, Long Beach
Fifth Place- Eddie, Arroyo Grande


Grand Prize:
• Round trip airfare for two
Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres 2-night stay for two
Thomas Hill Organics dinner for two
The Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates‘ Chef’s Food + Wine Pairing for two
The Groves on 41 gift box of three olive oils and private tasting for two
• Food & wine tour with Central Coast Food & Wine Tours

Second Prize:
Peachy Canyon Winery’s The Canyon Inn 2-night stay for two
Breakaway Tours & Event Planning’s Saturday group tour for two
Opolo Vineyard’s wine & cheese pairing and private estate garden lunch for two

Third Prize:
Vines RV Resort a two-night cottage stay
Splash Café Gift Card

Fourth Prize: Paso Wine deluxe swag bag

Fifth & Sixth Prizes: Paso Wine swag

Official Rules

This sweepstakes is open to persons who: (a) are legal residents of the continental united states, including Washington D.C.; (b) are at least twenty-one (21) years old at the date of entry in the sweepstakes; (c) have a valid driver’s license in their state of residence. Void in all other U.S. states and territories and where prohibited by law. Data rates may apply.

Click here to review official rules.