Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival


Need plans for the weekend?  It’s not too late to attend Paso Robles annual Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines Festival!  Less than four hours away, Paso Robles is the ideal weekend getaway for Angelenos and this weekend, March 14th – 16th, the familiarly termed “Zin Fest” is coming to town, including events hosted at over 120 wineries.  The Zinfandel grape is what helped launch Paso Robles to the premiere wine destination it is today and this weekend, the Zin Fest will celebrate all things Zin-related including wine pairings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, barbecues, barrel tastings, live music and more!

Join other Zin fans this weekend to discover for yourself what made Paso Robles Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Wine Region of the Year!


Here’s a selection of some of the more intriguing events of the weekend:

Anglim Winery: Indulge in some Zin-themed wine pairings of cheese, chocolate, goat cheese truffles and other Zinfandel inspired treats.

Brecon Winery: Opening weekend party featuring tours, barrel tasting and cheese pairings.  Be the first to taste these new wines alongside live music around the fire.

Calcareous Winery: Winery tours and wood fired pizzas all weekend.  Friday night enjoy a four-course winemaker’s dinner.

Cypher Winery: Come help Christian Tietje, self-proclaimed ZinBitch, celebrate the grand opening of his new restaurant Pi, featuring seasonal spring menu of pizzas and other small plates.  Barrel tours and multiple Zinfandel tastings will also be featured.

First Crush Cellars: Cave tastings, Zinfandel seminar and a picnic/block party.

Sextant Wines: Hands on lesson on vine grafting from Winemaker Steve Martell followed by barrel sampling and a Cioppino dinner.

Summerwood Winery: Cigar and Zinfandel pairings, Zinfandel port and chocolate tastings, and a cooking demonstration from Chef Shelley Lindgren.

Vina Robles: A wine and swine weekend complete with a bacon bar and cupcake pairings, enough said.

Wine tasting at Turley and J Dusi wineries are also a must when looking to taste true Paso Zin!

For more information about the festival, click here

WSA/NASA Silver Pin Certified Sommelier, Central Coast wine enthusiast and overall travel junkie

1 Comment

  • Reply July 29, 2014


    Been traveling a lot and just got a cahnce to read several of your blogs. Good one on Rotta. One of Pasos great wine/vineyard families. I’m really glad the family brought it back. !st time I tried Rotta wines was in 1972 as a student at Davis. Dr. Olmo and I were down here doing soil analysis of the area for soil science, but really for the vit. dept. Bought a bottle of zin from momma Rotta and took it to dinner at the PRI. Lets just say it was rustic. Wines are so much better now, but consider the source of the grapes. One of Pasos great vineyards. Good job.

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