Head for Paso: 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival May 18-20


PasoRoblesWineFestival2012 Paso Robles Wine Festival takes place May 18-20, 2010. Explore beyond the Downtown Park through the several wine trails of Paso Robles Wine Country. Visit more than 150 wineries throughout the weekend, introducing your palate to new discoveries. Gather bottles along the way to take home and share the memories from each glass.

Below Owner/CEO of LA WineFest Dr. Joel M. Fisher speaks about this year’s Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival:

Within three weeks, the 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival takes place in Paso Robles, CA. For those of you able to consider a short trip, leaving home either early Friday or Saturday morning gets you there for a couple of events.  If you make reservations NOW, you can get in to the program of the day tasting at the Reserve event when select Paso wineries pick from their library,  reserves futures, and from a selection of white Rose samples to  educate and enjoy.  I’ve made this part of the program a couple of times.

PasoRoblesWineFestAn outstanding event,the festival is put together with care by an experienced group of wine aficionados.  There is a major  change this year — the steady hand of Stacie Jacob after 7 years will no longer  be at the helm, following her resignation, to initiate a new consulting business, and in the interim serving as San Louis Obispo’s tourism director.

I first met Stacie years ago when she helped bring in a flight of Washington State wineries to a tasting in West Hollywood.  A year or so later I was invited by the Washington State Wine Commission  to visit as many wineries in about a week as I could get to, interview and taste.  Aided by my son, Matthew, who returned from the UK to assist, we traveled through Oregon and a visit to one winery, Domaine Drouhin of France and Oregon, and then to Walla Walla where we began a six day trip visiting 22 wineries in those six working days.

Dr. Joel M. Fisher

When she  was in California, we had a chance to meet when I was awarded a 1,000 dollar “scholarship” by Jerry Lohr to attend the 1st Paso Robles Wine University.  From then on, I worked to have her Alliance participate with the LAWine Fest, and I wrote about and worked her event.  Christopher Taranto was the PR Director,with whom I had the most contact, and we remain on good terms.  He has reported very nice things about working with his new boss, Jennifer Porter. who comes from an outstanding background in marketing and organizing major events in the movie and industrial areas.  I hope Chris gets a minute to introduce me to Jennifer. And look forward to that.

On Saturday, May 19, if you make it up for even one day, you can traverse through the Grand Tasting from 1-4 PM in the Downtown City Park to taste wines from more than 60 wineries. I cannot predict the weather, but once upon a time, assisting my dear friends now gone from Paso, the Morgans of Casa Caballo (formerly Santa RitaCreek) it became so hot I fled up to the nearest restaurant I could find, probably Chris Cherry’s Villa Creek Restaurant.   When I made it into the crowded air conditioned  room, I learned the temperature outside was 105 degrees.  I managed to get seated, where I downed two large glasses of water, and then relaxed into  (not wine) a soothing cold beer.  So, be warned …

To read more exclusive wine columns from Dr. Joel M. Fisher’s From the GrapeVine