Paso Wine Fest
May 4, 2022
ALL-NEW FOR 2022! New Location, New Name, New Paso Wine Memories to be Made.
Five Hundred Wines • Four Days of Events • Three Stages
Two Seminars • One Incredible Outdoor Experience
After a two-year hiatus, Paso Wine Fest Grand Tasting returns this month featuring 100 wineries, three bands, two winemakers seminars, chefs and food trucks, a makers market filled with artisan purveyors, and a NEW VIP Lounge. Multiple events precede the Grand Tasting event with a selection of winemaker dinners and the all-new Sparkling Paso experience. Get ready to taste some of the finest California wines, crafted right here in Paso Robles, and honor this 40-year tradition at its new location —the Paso Robles Event Center. The four-day event weekend gives Paso Wine fans the chance to explore Paso Robles Wine Country with more than 150 activities occurring at area wineries. Get yourself prepared for Paso Wine Fest!
Thursday, May 19
Paso Wine Fest kicks off Thursday, May 19 with two Winemaker Dinners at Thomas Hill Organics and The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar. Winemakers cruise the floor sharing their wines and stories behind the label, including Asuncion Ridge Vineyards, CONCUR Wines, Donati Wine and Spirits, Dubost Wine, Pianetta Winery, Kaleidos, and Tablas Creek Vineyard, all with locally sourced and harvested cuisine that is sure to delight the palate.
Friday, May 20
Sparkling Paso brings together five winemakers sharing seven of their tantalizing sparkling wines perfectly paired with gourmet offerings by Executive Chef Joe White of Paris Valley Road Estate Winery. Winemakers from Paris Valley Road Estate Winery, Sextant Wines, Still Waters Vineyards, SummerWood Winery, and Vino Vargas will be on hand to pour these limited-production sparklers and talk about the techniques applied to make these nose-tingling delights.
You won’t want to miss the Friday Paso Starry Night Dinner. This extraordinary dining experience has matched Paso’s best chefs with some of the region’s most iconic wine brands. Rub elbows with Austin Hope and Hope Family Wines, J Dusi, McPrice Myers, Paper Street, Peachy Canyon, Thibido, and TOP. This specially created winemaker dinner showcases wine country cuisine and the true stars of Paso Robles Wine Country, the chefs, and winemakers, spread outdoors under a warm Paso night sky.
Saturday, May 21
Start your morning on Saturday, May 21, at the fun and educational Makers Seminar. Winemakers geek out and present wines that are emblematic of the region as a whole, with plenty of detail on what makes the soil, climate, and geography so impactful and how that is reflected in the glass. Come nerd out with us then head into the Paso Wine Fest Grant Tasting event.
Seminar 1: Cab Icons of Paso
Since the 1960s, Paso Robles has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon of distinction. It is a variety that enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights over a long growing season. The very definition of Paso Robles. Fast forward to today, more than half of what is grown in Paso Robles is Cabernet Sauvignon and the Bordeaux varieties. Critical acclaim has found Paso Robles in these six icons of Cabernet Sauvignon, whose wines showcase the superb growing environment for Cab in Paso Robles. This seminar features Austin Hope, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and My Favorite Neighbor. Moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, President & Founder of Dream Big Darling.
On Saturday, May 21, 100 wineries will come together at the Paso Robles Event Center to share their wines during the Grand Tasting. The 2022 Grand Tasting features many elements to make your Paso Wine Fest even more fun. Artisan vendors will be showcasing their wares at a makers market showcase. Multiple food providers and chefs are serving up delicious festival-friendly fare for purchase, to go with your wine in hand. Plus your ticket includes a $10 food voucher! Guests are welcome to bring in their own picnics, blankets, and low-back chairs to post up around the Frontier Stage that will have ample shade and misters. Three bands will play throughout the event as you taste and experience some of Paso’s best wines. Pix & Flix Photo Booth will be on hand all day to capture all the fun all while providing you a digital keepsake of Wine Fest. Also included in your Paso Wine Fest experience is a commemorative wine glass and tote bag.
New in 2022 is the VIP Pass! This elevated ticket grants guests access to the VIP Lounge along with exclusive parking, a separate entrance, and private bathrooms. DJ Manny Barba will be spinning vinyl all afternoon, while you enjoy delectable bites from six local chefs and sample a selection of VIP wines from four different themed wine bars. VIP ticket holders can grab their pass at the private Friday VIP Pick-Up Reception.
The four-day Paso Wine Fest weekend offers Paso Wine fans the chance to explore Paso Robles Wine Country with more than 150 activities at the area wineries. This includes barrel tastings, winemaker dinners, afternoon barbecues, live music, vineyard tours, blending courses, sip ‘n’ paints, and so much more. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to head out into wine country to discover a new favorite winery and go case collecting to carry on the Paso Wine Fest experience throughout the rest of 2022. Everything Paso Wine Fest can be found at pasowine.com.
Want more Paso Wine Fest?
Listen to the new Where Wine Takes You podcast, All Things Paso Wine Fest, with guests Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines, and Joe Barton of Barton Family Wines & Grain + Vine. And watch Paso Wine Hour, Paso Wine Fest, with guests Suzanne Schonig of the KRUSH 92.5 and Shawn Clark of Shawn Clark Family Band.