The 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival: May 18-20, 2012

Winefestby Christopher Taranto

Can you believe it has been 30 years since the very first Paso Robles Wine Festival? It’s amazing to think that this little festival began with 17 wineries in the downtown square park, which represented ALL of the wineries in existence within the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area at the time. On May 18 – 20 Paso Robles Wine Country comes together again for wine festival and to honor 30 years of this celebration representing the finest in food and wine.  The festival will embrace all that defines Paso Robles Wine Country – a welcome-to-the-neighborhood atmosphere, fantastic food offerings, and of course exceptional wines. 

The 30th Annual Wine Festival kicks off on Friday, May 18, 2012 as select wineries feature their library, reserve, futures and refreshing power white/Rosé samples at the RESERVE event. On Saturday, May 19, 2012 60 wineries come together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to showcase their wines alongside culinary samplings from food trucks. Tunes from The JD Project will complement the tasting experience which is framed by the quaintness of downtown Paso Robles.  110606_VERT_winepourcloseupwebAttendees can utilize the shuttle system we provide and park either at the Paso Robles Event Center (Riverside Avenue) or at the Paso Robles High School (Niblick Road).  Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., which offers a window of opportunity to arrive a little early to shop, get a bite to eat or just explore our beautiful downtown.

The fun does not end on Saturday.  We invite people to travel beyond the Park to explore more than 150 winery events throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, live music, barrel samplings, and more. Wineries with a Festival Fan next to their name in the brochure and noted on offer specials to Grand Tasting ticketholders. Festival goers who keep their ticket in hand throughout the weekend can take advantage of these great offers. Another convenient tool is our online Trip Itinerary Planner which can help plot a course throughout Paso Robles Wine Country.  As always, we encourage people to designate a driver or hire a tour company to do the driving for them.110606_VERT_glasscloseupweb

To those that are not able to attend The 30th Annual Wine Festival, what can we say?  You are missing out, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy a little Paso Robles wine at home.  To those planning to attend, thank you and cheers to 30 years!

Christopher Taranto is the Marketing Director for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.