Specialty wines, soda to be created for Paso's 125th anniversary

jrobillard@thetribunenews.comSeptember 3, 2013 

This logo commemorates Paso Robles' 125th anniversary, which is being celebrated in 2014.

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Two local beverage makers are producing specialty drinks to celebrate Paso Robles’ 125th anniversary next year.

Pithy Little Soda Works will craft a commemorative soda, while Hope Family Wines will create two “Paso Blends.”

The “Paso Blends” — a red and a white — will be “true to Paso Robles,” said Joel Peterson, Hope Family Wines’ director of communications. The winery is “assembling the blends right now,” with the red likely to include cabernet, syrah and zinfandel. The white will be Rhône-based but may have other varietals.

The label will feature the 125th anniversary logo, and a portion of the wines’ sales will benefit the city’s quasquicentennial celebrations. The blends will be unveiled at the city’s Gala Fundraising Dinner on New Year’s Eve at the Paso Robles Inn.

“Crafting the commemorative wine blend seemed like the perfect way for us to symbolize the love and respect we have for this amazing community,” said Austin Hope, winemaker and president of Hope Family Wines.

The Hope family has farmed in Paso Robles for more than 30 years; the winery consists of five brands: Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope and Troublemaker.

Bringing a nonalcoholic type of bubbly to the festivities is the artisanal soda operation of Pithy Little Wine Co.

Pithy Little Soda Works’ creation will also be unveiled on New Year’s Eve, but at the city’s free fireworks show. The soda’s flavor will be kept secret until then. Six packs of the soda will go on sale next year.

In addition, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is donating a large supply of its 805 blonde ale, which is sold only in the 805 area code, to anniversary events.

Paso Robles’ yearlong celebrations will include a “Happy Birthday, Paso Robles” event on March 11 and fireworks finale at the end of 2014. For more information, go to www.paso125.com.

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