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Caitlin Pianetta, Pianetta Winery At Uncorked Wine Tasting

Caitlin Pianetta of Pianetta WineryJuly 26, 2011 - Southport, NC - Caitlin Pianetta of the Pianetta Winery will be at Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery on Thursday, July 28, from 4:30-7:00 pm for the bi-monthly “Good Wines for a Great Cause” tasting. The Pianettas, a four-generation farming family, has vineyards in Southern Monterey County north of Paso Robles, CA where the cool Central Coast nights produce a premium red wine grape. With a production of less than 3,000 cases a year, Pianetta Wines are highly sought after.

The winery is a labor of love for Caitlin and her father, John. After growing up on the farm, John decided to get back to his roots and planted the vineyard in San Miguel during the mid 1990s. The original plan was to grow grapes for a few larger wineries. After a few years of selling fruit, it was suggested that he start making his own wine. In 2002, Pianetta Winery celebrated its first harvest producing 370 cases of Estate Cabernet.

This year marks the 10th harvest for Pianetta Winery. The majority of the wine is estate, being grown on site. Pianetta also sources fruit from other local well-known farmers in the Paso Robles area. Big bold reds and quality flavor are what highlight the wines.

Pianetta VineyardCaitlin Pianetta is involved in all aspects of producing their award winning wines from growing and harvesting all the way to the final bottling. After working several summers for her dad and graduating from California Polytechnic University in 2004 with a degree in Agricultural Business, she began working full time at the winery. With the first vintage of wine being released in 2004, Caitlin's primary job was sales and marketing. After two years with sales, Caitlin spearheaded the opening of the Pianetta Tasting room in downtown Paso Robles which will celebrate its 5th year of being in business this October.
The growth at Pianetta Winery has been slow and steady and they intend to keep it that way. "This is truly a family business through and through, and we don't want to jeopardize quality by growing too large too fast," said Caitlin. "I’m really looking forward to being in Southport and the tasting of Pianetta wines at Uncorked by the Sea. It’s so exciting to meet people and share our product with them. Blood sweat and tears have really gone in to producing this wine, and it is really an honor to share that with people who appreciate our wine, our family, and our story."

The Uncorked tasting will include four of the winery’s eight wines…the Estate Bilancio, the Barbera, the Petite Sirah and Nonna’s Vino Rosato. The Petite Sirah took a platinum medal in this year’s Winemaker Challenge competition and the LA International Wine Competition. Each of the wines will be available at special pricing. “I think Pianetta wines are just stellar and feature several at Ports of Call,” said Chef Rhonda Uhlmann. “Their Petite Sirah is one of my favorites,” said Debra Borsuk of Joseph’s Italian Bistro.

All funds raised through the $5 tasting fee will be donated to The Oak Island Beach Preservation Society whose mission is to see that our beaches are kept clean, our dunes remain protected and our environment respected. Last month, tastings at Uncorked by the Sea raised more than $400 for Operation At Ease benefiting active duty military families.

Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery is located in the 600 block of Howe Street adjacent to Renee’s Fine Jewelry, Loco Jo’s Restaurant, Fresh Produce Clothing and Cat on a Whisk. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 6pm. For more information, call 910-454-0633 or go online to www.uncorkedbythesea.com



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