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Paso Pinot and Paella Festival returns on Sunday 

Paso Robles Pinot and Paella Maegen Loring

Niner Estate chef Maegen Loring serving traditional seafood paella.

– With summer weather arriving here in wine country, thoughts turn to summer activities – BBQs, shaded parks, live music, and of course sipping wine outdoors. Why not get all of that in one afternoon? The Paso Pinot & Paella Festival is in its 15th year of bringing together your favorite warm-weather activities.

The Paso Pinot Producers invite you to an afternoon of great wine, exceptional food & unmatched fun. The event will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 in the beautiful Templeton Community Park.

Joining 20 Paso Pinot Producers are over a dozen great Central Coast chefs each putting their own spin on the classic Paella dish. Tickets include a souvenir Burgundy-style fine wine glass, endless tastes of Pinot Noir paired with a wide variety of paellas, live Spanish-beat music by Paso Wine Man Band, and dancing if you like. “Pinotphiles” attending are encouraged to bring blankets & lawn chairs to enjoy the fun under the shade of giant oak trees in the Templeton Park.

“We started this event in 2003 to bring recognition to the fact that Paso Robles can produce a Pinot Noir, and a great one at that” says Marc Goldberg, owner and winemaker of Windward Vineyard. Windward Vineyard is the only Exclusively Pinot Noir winery in Paso Robles, but Pinot Noir has been growing in Paso Robles since the 1960’s. “There’s a big misconception that Paso is the wrong appellation for Pinot Noir, but we have over 20 producers proving how distinct the microclimates are here,” says Goldberg. In June, 700 pinot fans will gather to taste for themselves. Attendees can taste the variety in styles of Pinot Noir, and vote for the paella that best paired with the Pinot.

This is a non-profit event. All wineries donate their wine, and the chefs donate their time and talent for this event. Since 2003, the event has donated over $400,000 to programs that support youth arts in San Luis Obispo County, primarily the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.

Participating Wineries

Adelaida Cellars, Asuncion Ridge Vineyards, Calcareous Vineyard, Carmody McKnight Estate Wines, Castoro Cellars, Cayucos Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, Dunning Vineyards, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Hug Cellars, Jack Creek Cellars, LaZarre Wines, Opolo, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, RN Estate Vineyard & Winery, Sculpterra, Tablas Creek, TH Estates, Windward Vineyard

Participating Chefs

15 degrees C – Cheese Artist Maliysa Lou, Boccabella Farms – Chef Johnny Jantz, Catering by Chef Charlie – Chef Charles Paladin-Wayne, Cello Ristorante at Allegretto Vineyard Resort – Exec. Chef Justin Picard & Sous Chef Benjamin Lugo, Chef Dallas Holt, Chulos Café & Catina – Chef Luis Ruiz, Jeffrey’s Wine Country BBQ – Chef Jeffrey M. Wiesinger, Luna Red – Chef Brian Parks, LXV Wines – Chef Neeta Mittal, Opolo Catering – Chef Aric Grimes, Paso Catering Company – Chef Trish Jacobs, Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, Paso Terra – Chef Andre Averseng, Sabor de Gabriel Catering – Chef Gabriel Diaz, Trumpet Vine Catering – Executive Chef Elaine Rivera Glenn

For tickets and more information go to www.PinotandPaella.com.



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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.