Are you an eater, a taster, or a total behind-the-scenster? Interested in mingling with lots of likeminded wine aficionados in a crowded barrel room or just want to roam the vineyards with a small pack of savvy tour-goers? It’s nearly Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country (Oct. 19-21), when the curtain is lifted back and we all get to see just what goes into each and every bottle. Cheers to the season and plan to attend one of these exciting Harvest events. Consider this part 2 of our previous post (we could post about Harvest Wine Weekend all month). With hundreds of wineries throwing all kinds of shindigs, there’s a perfectly delicious event for everyone to enjoy.
1. Island vibes
Mood: Casual wine feast, Hawaiian style
Date: Oct. 19; 6-9 p.m.
Cass Winery in Paso Robles knows how to party! Join the winery for a whole pig roast with all the Hawaiian fixins: Island slaw, macaroni salad, coconut rice, luau cake and more (Cass Estate Wines and coffee service included with dinner). Served buffet style, expect a laid back experience teaming with different walks of life (Cass is a popular hangout for locals and tourists). We love this picturesque time of year at Cass, and we’re ready to kick up our heels and enjoy live music by The Blimp Pilots. How about you? Put on your dancing boots (or a pair of flip flops) and come take a spin around the scenic outdoor dance floor. Extra points for hula dance moves.
2. Cheesy fun
Mood: Family Friendly (and heavy on fun)
Date: Oct 19-21 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lay on the cheese, and then some. Chronic Cellars has teamed up with Vivant Fine Cheese to give you the ultimate wine and cheese pairing experience. Why mess with a classic? Stop by the Paso Robles tasting room anytime during Harvest Fest weekend on October 19-21 and enjoy newly released wines paired to cheesy perfection (your tasting fee also includes a pretty glass to take home). On Saturday, try out barrel samples poured by winemaker Josh Beckett. Plus, the whole family can join in on the fun at Chronic Cellars with complimentary pumpkin carving on Saturday and Sunday while supplies last. This is one weekend the kids and adults can agree on!
3. Classic Cave Feast
Mood: Fine dining, minus the dress code
Date: Oct. 19; 6:30 p.m.
Enter the Eberle Winery Cave for a quintessential Paso Robles food and wine experience. Featuring illustrious Chef Dakota Weiss of Los Angeles, this event is likely to sell out fast, so act now to get on the wait list. Since being named “Best New Chef” by Angeleno magazine in 2006 as the Executive Chef at Jer-ne at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, Dakota Weiss has become tour-de-force in Los Angeles’ culinary community. In 2011, Dakota appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef Texas,” while that same year she joined forces with Alan Nathan of Choice Hospitality Group, who recruited Dakota to helm its W Los Angeles – Westwood restaurants NINETHIRTY and The Backyard. Needless to say, Eberle is working up a dinner and wine pairing you’ll never forget. (Photo by @kimfoxphoto)
4. Light Fare, Big Flavor
Mood: Easy and Breezy
Date: Oct. 20-21
Four Lanterns Winery is keeping things light and luscious! Stop by the Highway 46 West Winery at 11 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 20 for tastings of the new 2013-2017 Apricity Picpoul Blanc or swing by at 12:30 p.m. for a sip of the winery’s 2012–2016 Firelight Syrah. Light appetizers included. Don’t you love how the wine changes as the day lingers on? Music peeps: Hang out at the winery Sunday, Oct 21 for live music Kevin Graybill paired with these great fall releases and more. The tunes kick off from 1-4 p.m. in the Blue Oak Barn. Reservations for the special flights are recommended, for the rest of you come on by, this is one chill hang! Bring a sweater and leave your drama at the door.
5. Always Room for Pie
Date: Oct. 20-21; 11am-3pm
There’s always room for pie! Enjoy farm-fresh fruit pies by Linn’s of Cambria perfectly matched with Harmony Cellars award-winning wines. These pies are something special, filled to the brim with juicy fillings and boasting the most marvelous flaky crust. You’ll also be privy to specials on featured wines by the glass and bottle plus sweeping views of beautiful rolling hills quite possibly cattle cameo appearances. Located near the tiny coastal hamlet of Harmony, California, this is a storybook date fit for a pie-eating prince or princess.
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.