The Festival of Albariño takes place at Paso Robles' CaliPaso Winery and Brecon Estate across two days, and includes a Grand Tasting, an Albariño release party, and a winemaker tasting seminar featuring winemakers renowned for their Albariños, including Alan Kinne of CaliPaso and Damian Grindley of Brecon Estate, and is moderated by Stew McLennan, who is the host of The Garagiste Show on Krush 92.5, the winemaker at Golden Triangle Wines and co-founder of The Garagiste Festival. The festival's flagship event is a walk around Grand Tasting with over 35 different Albariño pours, all on the spectacular grounds of CaliPaso Winery. Proceeds benefit local charities of San Luis Obispo county.
The schedule of events for the Festival of Albariño is as follows:
Friday, June 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Albariño Release Party at Brecon Estate
Brecon Estate (2016 PDWR Winery of the Year) releases its 2017 "True Acacia Head" Albariño. Music, nibbles, and tastings of this much-anticipated release, which is subtly aged in acacia barrels, versus traditional oak.
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Albariño Tasting Seminar at Cali Paso Winery
Expert panel takes attendees on a deeper dive into the history of the Albariño grape, its versatility, why winemakers love it and why it is a perfect food match. From grape to glass, winemakers (including Damian Grindley of Brecon Estate and Alan Kinne of CaliPaso) offer samplings that demonstrate the breadth of styles Albariño has to offer in a fun and educational sit-down tasting. Please take note: this event sold out early in 2016 & 2017.
Saturday, June 16, 4:30 – 6:30pm Grand Tasting Walk Around at CaliPaso Winery
Over 35 expressions of Albariño from high quality, micro-production winemakers who are passionate about the grape, including many who are new to the festival -- all in a gorgeous venue, nestled in the hills and vineyards of Paso Robles.
Tickets are limited and last year's festival sold out. For more information and/or to purchase tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-of-Albariño-june-16-17-2017-tickets-32837500849. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Central-Coast-Albariño-Summit-192996004528207/
Among the wineries scheduled to pour are:
Barr Estate Wines, Bodega de Edgar, Bodegas Paso Robles, Brecon Estate, Broken Earth Winery, CaliPaso Winery, Clavo Cellars, Diablo Paso Wine, Kaleidos, Metrick Wines, LaZarre Wines, Monochrome Wines, Opolo Vineyards, Pear Valley, Tangent, Tooth & Nail Winery, Vina Robles, Vino Vargas.