SLO Coast Wine

3rd Annual SLO Coast Wine Classic: April 6-7, 2024

We invite you to join the winemakers of the SLO Coast AVA on April 6-7, 2024 in Pismo Beach for our 3rd annual SLO Coast Wine Classic, highlighting the uniqueness of the wine community on the San Luis Obispo Coast!

The weekend will be filled with wine pairings, wine seminars, fantastic food, and opportunities to mingle with winemakers and fellow wine lovers. Most importantly, it’s a great way to taste wines that you may never have tried before!

SLO Coast Wine Classic Event Schedule

This gorgeous welcome-to-springtime event features various events throughout the weekend:

  • Main Event – Saturday, April 6, 11 am – 4 pm: The day begins with 2 fun and educational wine tasting seminars lead by Matt Kettmann, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast, that highlight what makes the SLO Coast wine region so unique. After the seminars, mix and mingle with winemakers and enjoy a no host lunch from one of our local favorite food trucks. End the afternoon with a walk around regional wine tasting featuring over 20 SLO Coast wineries while taking in the coast! / $105
  • Regional Tasting only – Saturday, April 6 1:30 – 4 PM: Have time for just the tasting? We’ve got you covered! / $60
  • Sunday, April 7 11 am – 1:30 pm: Sparkling Wine-Down at SeaCrest’s Oceanfront Terrace. Wine-down with us for a casual Sparkling Wine tasting featuring a variety of SLO Coast Wine producers and styles of sparkling wine. Sip oceanfront and enjoy the fun, easy going vibes we love so much about the central coast! There will be bubble-friendly food pairings, including Grassy Bar Oyster Co, and it’s the perfect way to get your day started, whether you’re off to visit SLO Coast AVA wineries or heading home. / $85
  • SLO Coast Winery Tasting Pass – Spend a day on the SLO Coast with our local wineries. / $39 or $59
  • Weekend Full Access Pass: Includes Saturday’s main event (2 wine tasting seminars + tasting), Sunday Sparkling Wine Down, and a 1-day tasting pass to spend a day on the SLO Coast. (the tasting pass is valid within 60 days after the event). / $185

 

Experience Pismo Beach: Guests who book their stay in Pismo Beach while attending the SLO Coast Wine Classic will receive a complimentary bottle of SLO Coast Wine and tasting map upon check-in. Please include the location of your accommodations when you purchase your tickets.

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SLO Coast Wine Classic Event Details

Saturday’s SLO Coast Wine Classic Seminars & Tasting takes place indoors at the beautiful Thousand Hills Ranch off of Price Canyon Road in Pismo Beach. Matt Kettmann, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast, moderates 2 panel discussions featuring a lineup of the AVA’s finest winemakers and their wines. “Fifty Shades of Pinot” looks into some of the ways our winemakers rethink what can be done with this versatile grape variety. For “Romantics and Fanatics, White Wine Aromatics on the SLO Coast,” Kettmann leads the discussion on “alternative” grape varieties ranging from Albariño to Viognier that are planted in the region and that are rising to prominence in these days of “let’s try something different.”

The seminars are followed by a no-host winemaker lunch offered by the area’s finest food trucks. Dine and drink with winemakers before moving on to the walk-around SLO Coast Tasting where you can enjoy wines from a variety of SLO Coast Wine producers and enjoy the acoustic guitar sounds of local country/rock musician/winemaker, Jack Milstead.

If you’re pinched for time and just want to attend only the SLO Coast Regional Tasting from 1:30 pm – 4 pm, tickets are available for only $60.

Another option is to spend a day (or two) and the wineries of the SLO Coast during your stay with our SLO Coast Tasting Pass. The tasting pass is valid within 60 days after the event.

 

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On Sunday, the center of the wine world moves over to the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel where you’ll gaze out over the Pacific while you wine-down with us at a casual Sparkling Wine tasting. There will be effervescence galore as we offer Sparkling Wines from a variety of SLO Coast producers. You can taste Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Pét-Nat, and almost every other variation of sparkling wine you can think of. We’ll also have bubble-friendly food pairings including local oysters and fried chicken, plus live music from local musician, Jon Millsap.

It’s the perfect way to get your day started, before heading off to visit SLO Coast AVA wineries! (This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. It will be moved indoors in severe weather.)

2023 Participating Bubbly Wineries:

  1. Baileyana Winery
  2. Biddle Ranch Vineyard
  3. Center of Effort
  4. Chamisal Vineyards
  5. Claiborne & Churchill Winery
  6. Cutruzzola Vineyards
  7. Derby Wine Estates
  8. Laetitia Vineyard and Winery
  9. Niner Wine Estates
  10. Sinor~Lavallee
  11. Stephen Ross
  12. Wolff Vineyards

 

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PURCHASE SLO COAST WINE CLASSIC TICKETS

  • Weekend Full Access Pass: Includes Saturday’s main event (two wine tasting seminars + regional tasting), Sunday Sparkling Wine Down, and a 1-day tasting pass to spend a day on the SLO Coast. (the tasting pass is valid within 60 days after the event). / $185
  • Main Event, Saturday, April 6th – 11 am – 4 pm: Two Wine Tasting Seminars + Regional Tasting at Thousand Hills Ranch. Lunch will not be provided, but will be available for purchase. Thousand Hills Ranch, Pismo Beach. / $105
  • Regional Tasting only, Saturday, April 6th – 1:30 pm – 4 pm: Join us for a walk around regional tasting and try wines from over 20 SLO Coast wineries and mix and mingle with winemakers. Food will be available for purchase. Thousand Hills Ranch, Pismo Beach. / $60
  • Sparkling Wine-Down, Sunday, April 7th 11 am – 1:30 pm: at SeaCrest’s Oceanfront Terrace at the SeaCrest Hotel: 2241 Price St, Pismo Beach. / $85
  • SLO Coast Tasting Pass: 1 or 2 days visiting SLO Coast wineries (the tasting pass is valid within 60 days after
    the event)! / $39 or $59

 

STAY IN PISMO BEACH for the SLO COAST WINE CLASSIC

Experience Pismo Beach: Guests who book their stay in Pismo Beach while attending the SLO Coast Wine Classic will receive a complimentary bottle of SLO Coast Wine and tasting map upon check-in. Please include the location of your accommodations when you purchase your tickets.

 

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