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03/23 HEATHER MURAN, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION, ROLL OUT THE BARRELS, DAWN WELLS, WHAT WOULD MARY ANN DO?

March 25, 201552 min
HEATHER MURAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION - ROLL OUT THE BARRELS / 25TH ANNIVERSARY SLO WINE COUNTRY CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY IN 2015—AND LAUNCHES NEW MONTHLONG “WINE ADVENTURES” EXPERIENCE IN APRIL The San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country Association is charging into its 25th anniversary year with fresh energy, reinventing its signature “Roll Out The Barrels” event as a month-long celebration of immersive wine adventures at various wineries throughout April. “This is a time to not only celebrate our roots, but also to change things up and build upon our momentum as an up-and-coming wine region,” said Heather Muran, executive director of SLO Wine Country, the intimate coastal winegrowing region in southern San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast. The new Roll Out The Barrels experience begins on the week of April 6, and concludes at the end of the week of April 27. The entire month will offer a variety of winery adventures and activities on an a la carte basis, organized by weekly themes such as “Taste The Coast,” “Farm to Fork” and “Sustainability & Heritage.” Examples of these adventures include: Comparative barrel tastings with Winemaker Stephen Dooley at Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, allowing guests to experience the differences between newer and older barrels, different types of French oak and more. A ranch hike with Winemaker Peter Cron of Filipponi Ranch Cellars, to conclude with wine tasting, artisan cheeses and local barbecued sausage. A hands-on tour of Talley Farms followed by a gourmet lunch at Talley Vineyards, with Chef Dave Schmit featuring seasonal Talley Fresh Harvest vegetables paired with Talley’s newly released Chardonnays. The final week of Roll Out The Barrels will feature the “Barrels in The Plaza” wine and food pairing event at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo on Thursday, April 30. A full schedule of adventures and events is forthcoming. While commercial wine was first produced in SLO Wine Country in the late 19th century, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the modern wine industry began to emerge locally. The formation of the SLO Wine Country Association in 1990 marked a turning point, with local wineries banding together to create a unified organization dedicated to serving and promoting the region. This year, the association is not only celebrating its 25th anniversary, but also embarking on a new five-year strategic plan. “The history of SLO Wine Country is very deep and diverse,” Muran said. “At the same time, we feel like we are really hitting our stride right now. The reinvented Roll Out The Barrels celebration is an example of how we are staying true to our roots while embracing a fresh direction.” WWW.SLOWWINE.COM DAWN WELLS – ACTRESS AND AUTHOR  There is so much more to Dawn Wells than Mary Ann of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND (the longest running sitcom still showing worldwide in over 30 languages!) She’s an actress, producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation--focusing on women and children in Northern Nevada. She has starred in over 150 tv shows, and 7 motion pictures, including WINTERHAWK (which she also narrated), THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (with Andrew Prine), SUPER SUCKER (with Jeff Daniels), THE NEW INTERNS, IT’S OUR TIME, and most recently, SILENT BUT DEADLY. She has starred in 60+ theatrical productions from Noel Coward to Neil Simon, as well as the National Tours of CHAPTER TWO and THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG.  Favorite productions include FATAL ATTRACTION with Ken Howard, THE ODD COUPLE with Marcia Wallace, THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Ouiser), and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Dawn has starred as Gingy in LOVE. LOSS AND WHAT I WORE (by Nora and Delia Ephron) in New York, Chicago, Delaware, Scottsdale, and San Jose. She was the “castaway correspondent” for Channel 9 (Sydney, Australia) interviewing such actors and directors as Robin Williams, Edd

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