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«Return to Blog List Relax, Unwind & Celebrate! After the Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country

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After a frenetic flurry of harvesting, crushing, and pressing, Paso Robles wine grapes have been squeezed of their magical juice and left to rest peacefully in aged barrels, leaving winemakers to patiently await their next great vintage. It’s a turn of the season that offers a more relaxing time in Wine Country amid the cooler weather and evolving fall colors. 

With fewer tourists to attend to, staff and winery purveyors are more available to tasting room visitors in November, the vibe is easy-going, and everyone’s in the mood to chat. It’s a great month to explore Paso’s world-class restaurants, sample award-winning wines, and catch the holiday spirit. Celebrate the best of the season in Paso Robles Wine Country!

AUTUMN WINE STROLL | Downtown Paso Robles | Nov 5th, 5 – 8pm

Discover the people, stories and award-winning wines that inspired Sunset Magazine to proclaim Paso, “The Best Wine Country Town in the West.” The Autumn Wine Stroll takes you on a special tour of Downtown tasting rooms with participating wineries offering unique wine and food pairings.

Tickets are $30/pp and can be purchased here. Pick the tasting room you would like to start at and on November 5th check-in at 5pm or after with that tasting room to receive your wristband, map, keepsake glass and first pairing.

ELEGANT EVENING | Downtown Paso Robles | Nov 12th, 5 – 8pm

This delightful tradition is a gift of hospitality from downtown Paso Robles merchants and kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Shoppers are treated to free hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, refreshments and live entertainment within participating establishments. Strolling minstrels and singers fill the crisp night air as twinkling lights cascade from awnings and facades.

Around the Town Square, dancers, quartets, and live mannequins provide entertainment, while free carriage rides whisk guests around town amid the holiday music and finery. For more information, click here.

GARAGISTE WINE FESTIVAL | Paso Robles Event Center | Nov 11th – 13th    

The 6th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival returns to its original birthplace with three days of events that feature over 60 micro-production winemakers pouring over 200 wines and a bounty of unique blends and varieties.

“Garagiste” was originally used in the Bordeaux region of France as a derogatory term to define the renegade, small-lot wine makers who refused to follow the “rules.” Now, as a full-fledged movement that has exploded over the past five years, Garagistes enjoy a more distinguished reputation as commercial artisan winemakers who handcraft under 1,500 cases a year.

Taking place at the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds and other Paso Robles-area locations, this year’s festival shines a spotlight firmly on the region’s wide range of varieties and unique blends. New events this year include educational and tasting seminars like, “Illegal Blends!” featuring local winemakers unbounded by traditional methods, a Grand Tasting, a “Rare and Reserve” Opening Round, a Rocking After-Party, and more. 

The Festival offers attendees high-quality wines, first time and “soon-to-break-out” discoveries, personal winemaker interaction, and a renegade and fun-loving spirit. The non-profit festival supports a special scholarship fund for the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. Click here for the complete schedule and ticket information.

STAY WITH US | Get a 20% Discount by using the code Garagiste2016 when reserving your room

Located in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country, our charming hotel brings things back to simpler times with exceptional service, immaculate rooms and thoughtful amenities designed with your comfort in mind. With easy access to year-round events and attractions at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds, there’s no better place to stay. During the day, enjoy our delightful outdoor space with a heated pool, lawns, picnic tables, a BBQ and a micro golf putting green. In the evening, retire to your room with tasteful decor, comfortable beds and little extras including upscale bathroom amenities and free Wi-Fi.

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