The 52nd Annual Christmas Light Parade will be held in downtown
Paso Robles on Dec. 7, 2013, starting at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas
The traditional light parade marks the arrival of
Santa Claus in downtown Paso Robles. Santa will be in
residence at the Holiday House in the downtown city park until Christmas Eve.
The hours are posted on the Holiday House and on www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.
which starts at 7:00 p.m., travels north on Spring Street from
10th Street to 14th Street, east to Park Street, then around the downtown city
park on Pine Street to 11th.
Light Parade is a downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association event.
For more information, contact the Main Street office at (805)
offers cash prizes ($100, $50, $25) as well as ribbons to winning entries.
Applications are available at the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office (835
12th Street, #D in alley) and the Main Street web site
(pasoroblesdowntown.org) or by calling (805) 238-4103.
DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES MAIN STREET ASSOCIATION
835 12th Street, Suite D
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-238-4103 Fax 805-238-4029
Downtown Paso Robles has been overrun by scarecrows decorated by local schoolchildren!
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Firestone Walker Continues Epic Run at Major Beer
Paso Robles, CA—Brewmaster Matt “Merlin” Brynildson and his brewing team at
Firestone Walker Brewing Company continue to work unprecedented magic at the
world’s biggest beer competitions, this time earning “Mid-Size Brewing Company
and Brewer of The Year” honors at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival® held
this weekend in Denver, Colorado.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company now
currently holds the top honors at the most recent Great American Beer
Festival®, World Beer Cup® and European Beer Star competitions:
is the fourth time that Firestone Walker has earned the Mid-Size Brewing
Company of The Year title at the Great American Beer Festival® over the past 10
years (following 2003,
2007 and 2011).
weeks ago, the Firestone Walker brewers were in Munich to accept the top award
at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition for the second straight year.
2012, Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named Champion Brewery and
Brewmaster (Mid-Size Brewing Company) at the World Beer Cup® for a record
fourth time out of the past five World Beer Cup competitions held.
At the 2013 Great American Beer
Festival®, Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack black rye IPA, Pivo Hoppy Pils and
Taproom IPA all won gold medals in their respective categories. The brewery’s
Union Jack IPA earned a silver medal. Only one gold, one silver and one bronze
medal were awarded in each category.
“It’s a testament to how relentless
our brewers are when it comes to quality,” said owner Adam Firestone.
Added owner David Walker, “The
amount of remarkable beers at this event is staggering, so it’s really humbling
and gratifying to earn this distinction. Merlin and his team continue to amaze.”
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PASO ROBLES, Calif., Oct. 3, 2013 -- October is an idyllic time to visit Paso Robles; the area is alive with a multitude of celebrations including the Harvest Wine Weekend, October 18-20. Experience firsthand the dynamic energy throughout the vineyards as grape growers, winemakers and cellar workers welcome the new vintage.
Check out this Free TravelPaso.com iPhone app with local events, restaurants and attractions and visit this website for a full list of things to do and places to stay during Harvest. Here's a sampling:
- The Adelaide Inn offers visitors a special Wine Tour and Tasting Package featuring a four-hourWine Wrangler Adventure Tour; and the Paso Robles Wine Country Spa Package that includes a 30-minute mineral spa soak and a 30-minute massage at River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa. 805-238-2770
- The Best Western Plus Black Oak Lodge invites visitors to experience Vino Therapy where guests enjoy a glass of wine, a wine foot soak and champagne sugar scrub foot treatment, and a choice of a 30-minute Vino Massage or Coco-Cab Facial. 805-238-4740
- The Hampton Inn and Suites celebrates Arts, Wine and Olives with special overnight accommodations and two tickets to the Hearst Castle, a bottle of local Zinfandel and a $25.00 gift card to We Olive stores. 805-226-9988
- Relax in a deluxe guestroom at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites and enjoy an exclusiveWine Tour Package by The Grapeline. 805-238-6500
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites has put together two special packages: guests can enjoy a Bike Tourand Wine
Tasting package or the Rugged Yet Refined back roads adventure with Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours. 805-238-2834
- La Quinta Inn & Suites has put together the Margarita Adventures Zipline Package where guests will soar over historical Santa Margarita Ranch on four distinct ziplines spanning more than 3,000 feet. 805-239-3004
- Renowned for their therapeutic hot mineral spa tubs, the historic Paso Robles Inn invites guests to celebrate and "un'WINE'd" on winery row in one of the 18 newly renovated Winery Themed Deluxe Spa rooms. The property's Wine Line Packagefeatures a unique partnership with local wineries to create an intimate wine country experience starting at check-in. 805-676-1713
About Paso Robles, CA & The Travel Paso Robles Alliance
Founded in 2008, the Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) is a group of 19 area hoteliers with the mission to market Paso Robles as a world class visitor destination. The extensive variety of activities and experiences include untouched natural beauty, more than 250 wineries, renowned cultural attractions such as nearby Hearst Castle, fresh cuisine supplied by local organic specialty farmers, ranchers and fisherman, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of accommodations, from historic hotels and boutique inns to leading brand properties and affordable, family friendly motels. For information visit www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email email@example.com.
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Visit Paso Robles in October During Harvest: Enjoy Special Savings on Wine Tastings, Bike Tours, Hot Air Ballooning and More
Earns Top Honors at European Beer Star Competition for Second Straight Year
Robles, CA—In the
halls of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, he is known as "Merlin" —and he
continues to work his magic at major beer competitions.
Brewmaster Matt Brynildson was on hand at the prestigious European Beer Star
Competition last week in Munich, Germany to accept the award for "Consumers’
Favourite in Gold" for Firestone Walker’s Pale 31—the second year in a row that
Firestone Walker has claimed top honors at the competition. Last year, the
brewery’s Double Jack IPA was named “Consumers’ Favourite in Gold.”
European Beer Star Competition included 1,512 beers from 40 countries. The
judging was conducted by 102 expert tasters—including brewmasters, beer
sommeliers, and specialized journalists from 25 countries. The resulting gold
medal winners represent the best beers in 51 beer categories determined by
blind tasting. Only one gold, silver and bronze medal is awarded per category.
At the 2013
European Beer Star Competition, Firestone Walker’s Pale 31, Union Jack IPA and
Double Jack IPA earned a rare trio of gold medals. The "Consumers’ Favourite" is an additional public prize, with festival attendees blind-tasting all gold
medal beers and awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze honors to the top three.
This is the
latest feather in Merlin’s cap. Last year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company and
Brynildson were named Champion Mid-Size Brewery and Brewmaster for a record
fourth time at the World Beer Cup®.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company has also been awarded Mid-Sized Brewery of The
Year honors three times at the Great American Beer Festival®.
and his brewing team are a rare breed," said brewery co-proprietor David
Walker. "The United States was second only to Germany in total medal count at
this competition. The American craft beer revolution continues to become a
complete European Beer Star results can be viewed here: www.european-beer-star.com.
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The Battle of Britain - Why did the Royal Air Force win?
Come with us back to those dark days of the summer of 1940 when 1,100 young men climbed into their Spitfires and Hurricanes to have a go at saving Western Europe from the Nazis. Sir Winston Churchill said of the pilots, "Never in the history of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few." Why and how did the Royal Air Force defeat the mighty Luftwaffe?
Ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot and Estrella Warbird Museum member Ed Cobleigh will profile the personalities on both sides, break down the tactics, compare the aircraft, and analyze the successes and mistakes of a pivotal air battle of World War II. He will draw on crew room stories told to him by veteran Spitfire pilots and a long history of research to weave the story of, as Sir Winston also said, "A close-run thing".
Who, second only to Sir Winston himself, was the most influential leader of Britain during preparation for the battle, one that only he and Churchill believed could be won? Come and find out on October 2, 2013 at the Estrella Warbird Museum, Paso Robles.
Lt Col Ed Cobleigh, USAF (Ret) has been a fighter weapons instructor pilot with the USAF, USN, RAF, French Air Force, and Imperial Iranian Air Force. He is the author of "War for the Hell of It, a Fighter Pilot's view of Viet Nam" available in the museum gift shop.
Dinner is catered by Larry Eastwood/Vic's Cafe. Reservations are required online
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m
Estrella Warbird Museum, is a non-profit 501(c)3 museum, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft and memorabilia of those who flew and worked on them. Their approach is not to glorify conflict but rather to make a future generation aware of the fact our way of life does not come without sacrifice. The museum is located by the Paso Robles Airport at 4251-A Dry Creek Road, is open Thursday - Sunday from 10 – 4. Please visit our website for additional information www.ewarbirds.org.
Estrella Warbirds Museum
September 26, 2013
From: Estrella Warbirds Museum
Contact: Sue Dollemore
Central Coast Chef Charles Paladin Wayne sources local artisan producers to create culinary art matched to garagiste wines; winemakers include Bodegas M, Caliza, Clos Solene, Cutruzzola, Paix Sur Terre, and The Farm Winery; Garagiste dinner to be held at the historic Carlton Hotel
Paso Robles, CA – September 25, 2013 –The Garagiste Festival, the first and only festival dedicated to discovering and promoting artisan ‘garagiste*’ winemakers, today announced that Chef Charles Paladin Wayne will create the winemaker dinner for the third annual Garagiste Festival.
The dinner, “Undiscovered Treasures of California’s Central Coast,” kicks off the festival on Thursday November 7th, and highlights local producers, as well as garagiste winemakers who are pouring at the festival. The dinner will be held at a hidden gem of the Central Coast, the historic Carlton Hotel in Atascadero. Wineries featured at the dinner are Bodegas M, Caliza, Clos Solene, Cutruzzola, Paix Sur Terre and The Farm Winery.
“The Central Coast is a treasure trove of artisan winemakers, food producers, culinary artists and beautiful venues… but much of this remains undiscovered by those not in the know. The Garagiste Festival is all about bringing awareness to lesser known, small-lot artisan winemakers and our dinner this year reflects that credo on all levels,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “Chef Charlie, who has long been renowned locally for the magic he creates from the area’s remarkable food producers, was instrumental in the success of our dinner last year, which was brilliantly chef’d by Ludo Lefebvre. This year, he is the perfect choice for our completely Central Coast line-up, featuring some of the region’s most exciting garagiste winemakers matched with six stunning courses, all served amidst the elegance of the historic Carlton Hotel.”
Chef Charlie has been a chef on the Central Coast since 1983, working at numerous restaurants including Sea Venture, Olde Port Inn, Café Roma, Inn at Morro Bay, and Rhythm Creekside Café. He was one of the first chefs in the area to focus on creating menus from the emerging local artisan food movement, showcasing local organic produce, seafoods, cheeses and sustainably ranched meats; then, when there were only nine wineries in business in the area, expanding his focus to matching local foods with local wines. He created the first wine dinner in 1987 for Eberle and went on to serve as chef at several of the area's early flagship wineries, including Edna Valley, Justin Vineyards and Summerwood Winery, where he developed a following and a reputation as the go-to chef for creative and perfectly balanced food and wine pairings. Today, Chef Charlie is one of the area’s most in-demand event chefs, bringing his unique flair with local wines, foods and service to private events.
“My core belief as a chef is to utilize what is in your community’s backyard -- and we have such treasures in ours here on the Central Coast, many of which are often overlooked,” said Chef Charlie. “I am excited to have the opportunity to bring attention to the richness of our region’s talent, produce and garagiste vintners in this locally-sourced dinner which will, in the true spirit of the garagistes, be completely hand-crafted, full of surprises, blessed with the joys of our unique ‘terroir,’ somewhat renegade and, I hope, completely delicious.”
Undiscovered Treasures: The Producers
Among the many local foods and producers featured at the dinner will be Nick Ranch organic grass-fed beef; goat cheeses from Beverly Michaels at Alcea Rosea Farm; sheep’s milk cheeses from Christine McGuire at Riconada Dairy; crème fraiche from Sadie Kendall; herbs and vegetables from Bill and Barbara Spencer at Windrose Farm, Colleen Childers at Blue Sky Gardens, and Ken Snokes at Santa Margarita Farms; olive oil from Olea Farms, and oysters from Niel Maloney at Morro Bay Oyster Company. Click here for the menu.
Undiscovered Treasures: The Carlton Hotel A true hidden gem, built in 1928 and situated in downtown Atascadero, The Carlton Hotel was beautifully restored to its original splendor in 2005 and offers luxury accommodations in the heart of the Central Coast. The dinner will be held in the main dining room of The Carlton Hotel, which is a key sponsor of the 2013 Garagiste Festival. The hotel is offering a 10% discount to dinner and Festival guests. Please call 805-461-5100 and tell them you're with the Garagiste Festival.
Undiscovered Treasures: The Wines and Winemakers Selected by a blind tasting panel for the dinner, the wines offer a diverse selection of some of the best of the Garagiste Festival.
• 2011 Bodegas M Albarino Bodegas M has been producing hand-crafted, top-quality Spanish varietals since 2007 and is one of the first producers of Albarino in California. The owner Michael Young and winemaker Alan Kinne spent many years in Spain’s most famous wine regions. Bodegas M is pouring at the Garagiste Festival for the third time this year.
• 2012 Caliza Kissin’ Cousins Rhone White Blend Caliza has been producing wines since 2006. Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, the winery originally sourced their grapes, but now produces mostly all-estate wines. Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate recently had this to say about Caliza: "This up-and-coming Paso Robles estate needs to be on everyone's radar. The wines are distinctly Paso and have fabulous concentration and richness, while staying beautifully drinkable."
• 2010 Cutruzzola Gloria Pinot Noir This is the second vintage for Cutruzzola and their second year at the festival winemaker dinner. Last year, Cutruzzola’s 2010 Riesling was featured alongside Chef Ludo’s Lemon Meringue Poppy Seed Crumble. The Cutruzzola vineyard is located in Cambria and planted to only 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir. Less than 150 cases of 2010 Gloria Pinot Noir were produced.
• 2011 Paix Sur Terre "The Other One" Mourvedre Paix Sur Terre (Peace on Earth) was launched in 2010 by Ryan and Nicole Pease with the goal of producing a portfolio of truly mineral driven Mourvedres that showcases both the terroir of Paso and the uniqueness of the varietal. Only 77 cases of “The Other One” were produced and it is already sold out.
• 2011 Clos Solene "Hommage a nos Pairs" Syrah Recently featured in ‘The Wine Enthusiast’ as one of Steve Heimoff's top picks for “New Faces to Watch from Paso Robles,” Guillaume Fabre founded his winery with his wife Solene in 2007 and also serves as assistant winemaker at the esteemed L'Aventure Winery. With only 100 cases produced, the grapes in the 2011 Hommage a nos Pairs Syrah come from the L'Aventure and Russel Family Vineyards. The wine also includes a bit of Fabre’s favorite white grape, Roussanne.
• 2009 "The Big Game" (Syrah / Cabernet / Cab Franc Blend) The Farm Winery Nestled in the Westside hills of Paso Robles, and listed as one of “Four to Watch” by the Wine Spectator this year, The Farm Winery was launched in 2009 by Jim and Azmina Madsen and Santiago and Mercedes Achaval. Winemaker Santiago Achaval is known throughout the world for crafting some of the very finest Malbecs in Argentina today. Fewer than 100 cases of the 2009 Big Game were produced and it is usually only available to mailing list members.
The 2013 Garagiste Festival takes place over four days from November 7th – 10th in Paso Robles and includes The Opening Round Tasting, "Shiners, Samples & Secrets" Winemaker Mixer, Wine Tasting Seminars, the Grand Tasting, an After Party and a symposium for aspiring winemakers. The main event will again be held at Windfall Farms, while specialized events will take place at other Paso Robles venues, including the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. For the full festival line-up, click here.
The Garagiste Festival offers limited numbers of tickets to preserve the quality of the experience, and always sells out. To purchase tickets for Undiscovered Treasures of the Central Coast, click here (or go to http://californiagaragistes.com/buy-tickets/). For The Garagiste Festival updates and news, sign-up for The Dirt at http://garagistefestival.com/sign-up. Or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook. For more information on The Garagiste Festivals, go to http://garagistefestival.com
2013 Gargiste Festival sponsors include Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, The Carlton Hotel, Distinctive Glassware, Glenn Burdette, Farm Credit West, G3 Enterprises, KCBX, KCOY, KSBY, KRUSH92.5, La Quinta Hotel, Laffort USA, mWEBB Communications, The Paso Oaks Hotel, PRWCA, Scott Labs, Stolzle Glassware, Travel Paso, Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Vinsource, Vintner's Vault, Windfall Farms and Wines & Vines.
*Garagistes (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world.
About The Garagiste Festivals
The Garagiste Festivals (http://www.garagistefestival.com) are the first and only wine festivals dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; garagiste mini-tastings presented from So Cal to Tahoe; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more. Named one of the “Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations” by ABC News**, Garagiste Festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals are donated to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.
**ABC News Online, May 31, 2012: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/amazing-foodie-adventures/story?id=16466702#8
mWEBB Communications for The Garagiste Festivals Melanie Webber, firstname.lastname@example.org, 424-603-4340 Elizabeth Johnson, email@example.com, 213-713-4865
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Downtown Paso Robles has been overrun by scarecrows!
Visit downtown businesses and enter for a prize by Tuesday,
Safe & Fun Halloween
Thurs., Oct. 31 (3 – 6 PM)
Downtown Paso Robles!
Trick or treating at downtown businesses,
Carved Pumpkin Contest at 5 pm, city park fountain.
Bring your own carved pumpkin.
AWARDS! FREE Photo with our Witches! Good ol’ Halloween fun!
Barbecue offered 3-6 pm by El Paso de Robles Historical Society, city park.
DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES MAIN STREET ASSOCIATION
835 12th Street, Suite D
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-238-4103 Fax 805-238-4029