There was an underlining theme Friday night in Paso Robles — working together to make the region great.
You heard it over and over again from winemakers, growers and other associated with San Luis Obispo County’s thriving wine industry.
In the final presentation of the San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards, a winemaker who may best exemplify that spirit of collaboration and boosterism of the region was named the Wine Industry Person of the Year.
Jason Haas was the winner and he got a big ovation from an appreciative crowd of his peers and wine enthusiasts who assembled at the California Mid-State Fair to attend the awards ceremony at the fair’s Mission Square.
Haas manages his family’s Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles and has been involved in the promotion of the region since his arrival in 2002.Working with his father, Robert, Haas has been involved with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and his written regularly for national wine publications. He also writes a blog about the wine industry that is widely read.
“We at Tablas Creek have always believed that the rising tide does lift all the boats,” Haas told Adam Montiel, co-host of “The Cork Dorks.” “Everybody who is out there talking about Paso, making great wines in Paso, growing great grapes in Paso is somebody who we should be supporting, but who feel has always supported us.
“That means dive in and be a part of your community to do what you can to make it better. I’m so excited to have gotten this.”