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Paso Robles Zinfest 2013? What is changing?

I contacted the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and sadly, this is their response:

Unfortunately, we are not continuing with the Zin tasting that evening. Moving forward, Zinfandel Weekend will be a similar format to Harvest Wine Weekend, with focus on individual events at area wineries. However, we do still have coordinated tasting events at our Wine Festival, May 17 - 19, 2013.

So sorry to hear :(

Jan 17, 2013
beachmom in California

Paso Robles Zinfest 2013? What is changing?

Does anyone know what is happening with the Annual Paso Robles ZinFest 2013? There is no information available, and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is now calling it "Grow Zinfully Wild Weekend" with no mention of the usual Saturday Night ZinFest that I have been looking forward to. Any information would be appreciated, thank you.

Jan 17, 2013
beachmom in California

South OC - La Fondue or Melting Pot

We also had a fabulous meal at LaFondue in SJC last night - The special beef and lobster (forgot the name) Expensive but worth every morsel. We were too full to even move after our meal. Hint Monday and Tuesday nights are great - not crowded, bring your own wine - no corkage fee. There is reportedly a month long wait to get a weekend reservation, but very intimate without someone right next to you on a Monday (our 18th anniversary). LOVED the "time warp" decorating as que ball put it - I felt like I was back in the late 60's/early 70's!! Our GPS couldn't find it - but you can see it from the Mission. Now how do I get one of those $100 Gift Certificates???

Mar 04, 2008
beachmom in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs

We also had a fabulous lunch at Don and Sweet Sue's - tasted like homemade everything.

Aug 29, 2007
beachmom in California

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Thanks everyone for your recommendations. As someone else said, we don't all have the same taste in wine. We prefer reds, the thicker the better!! After visiting about 25 of the Paso wineries so far, and with purple teeth, I proclaim my favorites!

HUNT (Everything they make) There is a reason they are referred to the next "cult" winery.
Fratelli Peralta - Still love thier wines - a dry farmed, family, italian style winery.
Justin - Isoscoles
Opolo
Norman - Monster Red Zinfandael and great prices!!
Dover
Tablas Creek
Bianchi

I feel overrated wineries were Linne Calodo and Turley - good wine, but overpriced and not especially friendly. I don't know why anyone would want to try Tobin James for wine, not really my taste. But then again, I can imagine the young people really go for it with the free video games and party atmosphere.

We will have to go up for another visit (or several) to try the rest of the wineries on the list. 'Till next trip....

Mar 07, 2007
beachmom in California

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Donati's was just hanging the sign when we went in. Good wine - give them a try.

Mar 07, 2007
beachmom in California

Good eats in Paso Robles

For a UNIQUE and FUN dining experience try the 10th Street Cafe!! A charming little farmhouse converted to a restaurant, actually about 8 miles north of Paso on the 101. They are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (sometimes) and reservations are a must. There is a single seating at 7:00 on Friday and Saturday, and the meal is Chef's Choice. When we went last week he opened another table on the patio with heaters because they were already full when we called for a reservation. The patio was very nice with the balmy weather, heaters and the full moon. Dallas, the gregarious chef, serves a traditional Basque style dinner, mingling with the guests in between courses wearing his red beret! When we first arrived, he was outside setting up the heaters, and giving us wine suggestions. Throughout the meal, he mingles with all of the guests. Someone pouring wine in a tasting room told us he never forgets a guest - and will remember what wine you had and will have it when you go back again. We sat with 9 other people and the food was served family style. A prominent winery had a rowdy bunch inside and a rowdy birthday party was taking place in another room inside. The traditional Basque bread and a seasoned butter are set out to begin, then Tapas, spanish appetizers are served ... We had a tasty, slightly spiced potato, before you are done with the first, another comes out, a cabbage, apple, fennel mixture, then an albacore cake drizzled with a tarragon sauce (delish!), and stuffed mushrooms. Migas (a delicious bread crumb dish) is served traditionally with a sangria, so when that dish was brought out, Dallas brought out a sack of sangria which everyone at the table passed around to squirt a stream into their mouths and not our clothing!! Then a tomato basil bisque soup, a beautiful salad. Followed by the first main dish, his award winning Paella; followed by a second main dish (forget the name) but is a layer of creamed spinach, followed by a layer of shredded beef, followed by a layer of mashed potatoes all wrapped up in a phyllo crust. Then our dessert, sherbert floating in a glass of champagne. Our tummies were full to bursting, and nearly three after starting, we didn't want to leave. Look online for his website for specifics (San Miguel, I think). The menu changes, but is always chef's choice. Even if you don't care for a dish, you will find many others that you like, and you will be stuffed and very satisfied at the end of the meal. Enjoy!!

Mar 07, 2007
beachmom in California

Santa Barbara Eats and Vinyards Suggestions Needed!!

For Winetasting - Sunstone in Santa Ynez is very nice. Great tasting room, good wine and a nice setting, picnic area (bring your own).

Food - Can't miss Brophy's in Santa Barbara - not fancy, but great food. You can eat upstairs or down. All the locals eat there.

Mar 07, 2007
beachmom in California

Paso Robles Best

Also going to Paso for a weekend (3 nights) - any recommendations for a special Anniversary Dinner??

Feb 27, 2007
beachmom in California

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Hi - Headed up to Paso Robles in a couple of weeks for winetasting and an anniversary celebration. So many postings have listed favorite wineries to visit, and I have pages of notes which ones have been recommended. I want to know which ones to avoid, and your reasons. Just so you know I love good wine, hate the mediocre. I don't care if they have fancy tasting rooms - been to plenty of those with boring wine. I love the Hunt winery.... looking for more recommendations please. Thanks!!

Feb 10, 2007
beachmom in California