The Paso Robles Wine Festival is arguably the best wine festival in existence today. Located in the quaint rural town of Paso Robles the festival takes place in a great city park filled with shade trees, a historical library and streets lined with great shopping, restaurants, tasting rooms and galleries . The venue is not the only thing that sets this wine festival apart from others. It is common to have the actual winemaker or winery owner pouring their own wines at this event and they are always happy to chat it up and answer any questions you might have.
More than Wine
Wine is not the only draw to the Paso Robles Wine Festival. The festival also features live music, a demonstration kitchen (featuring some of the best local chefs like Evan Treadwell and Maegen Loring) and artisan alley highlighting some of the Central Coast best artisan producers of olive oil, bread, cheese, beef and lamb. If you are more the picnic type, bring a blanket and the kids and hang out on the lawn, listen to live music and grab a bite from one of the many food vendors at the festival.
If you are looking for an even more intimate experience check out the Reserve Event held on Friday evening, also in the park. This event is a little smaller where about 50 wineries show off their best wine and pair it up with a bounty of fantastic food from some of the best chefs in the area. Last year I had a glass of Villacana wine, poured by Alex Villacana himself, and then headed over for a lamb burger that was served by Meagen Loring from the Park Restaurant.... truely an amazing experience.
Check it all out at pasowine.com.
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Let your palate point the way through the park in search of your new favorite Paso Robles wine or stay true to those you know. Either way you are sure to have a good time discovering the unique wines of Paso Robles in this unlimited tasting format.
Take a walk through Artisan Alley to taste locally grown artisan products from the region. From olive oil to flowers, almonds to cheese, lamb to beef and everything in between. Click here to see a list of Artisan participants.
At the demonstration kitchen, attendees will hear from local top chefs as they share their secrets of sourcing local ingredients through 30 minute demonstrations. List of Chefs and demonstration schedule.
Regional Food Masters
Great wine begets great food and the Paso Robles Wine Festival is no exception. Special attention is taken on what foods local vendors are able to present and sell to accompany the premium wines served. Plan to satisfy for food cravings here.
PLEASE TASTE RESPONSIBLY:
While visiting the Paso Robles Wine Country we strongly suggest that you practice the 4 S's of responsible tasting:
SWIRL, SMELL, SIP & SPIT