Best wine festivals in Paso Robles and North County
Best wine festivals in Paso Robles
—The Best of Paso Robles series continues, with our round-up of the best wine festivals to be had in Paso Robles and the North County. Most of the wine festivals you can find in Paso Robles are sure to have music, food, and of a great variety of wines for people to taste and order. A lot of wineries host their own festivals throughout the year, and for this “Best of” we would like to highlight some of the biggest and best wine festivals to be found, with many wineries to choose from.
Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend—March 16-18
Once a year Paso Robles toasts to their heritage variety, Zinfandel. The 3-day celebration features events at more than 100 wineries, a Zin seminar, and the Z After Party, pairing Zin with dessert and live jazz. A Zinposium seminar and Vintage Paso Z: After Party are happening for a richer experience. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.
Hospice Du Rhone—April 26-28
Rhône wine producers from far and wide will be opening bottles from vintages past to commence this Rhône dominated weekend. Wine verticals will abound and dusty bottles pulled from cellars will prevail at the Opening Tasting. Large format bottles and age-worthy Rhône whites will also take the stage at this tasting. Come treat your palate to a world of Rhône wines from the 2012 vintage and older to explore the age-worthiness of wines crafted by all Rhône producing rock stars in attendance. Though each producer pours at both the Opening and Closing Tastings wineries have been asked to pour different wines at each event. For more information, visit www.hospicedurhone.com.
Paso Robles Wine Festival—May 17-20
36 years later Paso Robles Wine Festival from May 17 to 20 is one of the bigger wine festivals in Paso Robles. Wineries at the Grand Tasting are arranged by “regions” for guests to have a seamless and focused tasting experience: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties and more are all in one place. Enjoy music, food samples, and local artisan merchants. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.
Paso Pinot and Paella—June 3
In Templeton, just a jaunt away from Paso Robles, the Paso Pinot and Paella Festival is held in Templeton City Park. Mingle with the winemakers and discover how the sense of place is reflected in each glass of their Pinot Noir. Visit each local chef and taste the talent of the Central Coast in each unique Paella to pair with the local Pinot Noirs. Find out why Paso Robles is legendary for its friendliness. For more information, visit www.pinotandpaella.com.
Harvest Wine Weekend—October 19-21
At various Paso Robles locations from October 19 to the 21,100+ wineries celebrate the vintage. Harvest is the time to visit Paso Robles Wine Country. Try your hand at harvest (including stomping a few grapes), take in the beautiful fall foliage, and enjoy live music, barbecues, barrel samples, and more. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.
Winemaker’s Cookoff—August 11
The Paso Robles Rotary will again bring Paso Robles’ top winemakers together to compete to see who is the best chef, and organizers expect the tickets to sell out fast. The Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff will be held August 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. Organizers are limiting attendance to just 1,200 tickets. The event will feature multiple local breweries as well. “The Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff has become one of Paso Robles’ most-popular wine, food and music events,” says event co-chairperson Vicky Silva. “Participating wineries or breweries pair their grilled culinary creations with their finest wines or beers and compete for both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards the day of the event. We are expecting tickets to sell out fast.” For more information, visit www.winemakerscookoff.com
8th annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival—Nov 9-11
The Garagiste Festival is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small lot production wines in the world. Located at the Fairgrounds and other local venues. A Paso wine tasting tradition. For more information, visit www.californiagaragistes.com
Editor’s note: Send us an email if you know of any more wine festivals in Paso Robles!
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