Opolo Zinfandel Festival Weekend
Just around the corner is the welcome sight of new grape leaves adorning the vines, the warming rays of a spring sun and one of the most celebrated events of the year, Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend.
The annual celebration of Paso’s heritage variety, Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is scheduled for March 15-17. If you’re a long-time fan of the Central Coast wine region, this is your chance to savor all of your favorites. If you’ve yet to discover the luscious wines and stunning vistas of the area, there’s no better means of doing so than during this weekend celebrating Zinfandel.
A perfect place to enjoy this signature event is to visit Opolo Vineyards. An iconic Central Coast winery, Opolo Vineyards has a long-established reputation of growing and producing award winning wines. The gorgeous rolling hills that frame the estate vineyard on picturesque Vineyard Drive offers a stunning backdrop for your wine country adventure.
A featured event this weekend, is the Opolo Zinfandel Festival Dinner on March 15th, featuring a splendid menu to delight the senses, and paired with Opolo’s sumptuous wines. Featuring an impressive menu by local favorite, Trumpet Vine catering, this winemaker’s dinner will have you feasting on Wild Mushroom Toast with soft egg, herb ricotta and a green goddess vinaigrette, courtesy of Back Porch Baker, then you’ll savor a Smokey Pork Pasta with tomato, apple, mascarpone and pecorino. For the main course, you’ll be served an Angus Grilled Ribeye, with a red wine demi, herb salsa verde, Anson Mills polenta, grilled asparagus and blistered cherry tomatoes. Finally, you’ll be treated to an Ancho Chocolate Pot de Crème with Chantilly crème and espresso salt. You can book this culinary and wine experience at www.opolo.com. Tickets are only $115 for wine club members and $135 for non-members.
Continuing the celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th, Opolo will be pouring featured zinfandels and new releases, complete with barrel samples with the winemaking team. Enjoy the day on the patio for a freshly made fire-roasted pizza paired with a glass of Opolo wine. While at the vineyard, venture over to the far side of the barrel room for spirit tastings at Willow Creek Distillery. Opolo’s onsite distillery features handcrafted spirits made from the saignee from production of Opolo’s award winning wines. With spirits like Chamomile Liqueur, traditional Silovitz (plum brandy) and VS Brandy, you are sure to find a spirit that moves you. No reservations necessary for the Zinfandel Festival Weekend’s celebration, Opolo will be open for wine tasting from 10 a.m–5 p.m, lunch from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and distillery tasting from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Of course, at the end of a fabulous wine country day you’ll need an equally fabulous place to stay. The Inn at Opolo, is an uber-exclusive spot to cap off your perfect adventure. Offering a choice of only three rooms gorgeous appointed rooms, you’ll want to visit their website at www.theinnatopolo.com to book yours asap. TripAdvisor and Yelp websites both rate the Inn with five stars. Terrace views, king-sized beds with Italian linens, remote-controlled fireplaces, stone showers, large bathtubs with massaging jets, plush towels, robes and slippers, and freshly baked cookies are just some of the amenities. A Mediterranean kitchen with an assortment of made-to-order breakfasts (eggs benedict, anyone?) and appetizers in the evening with a bottle of Opolo wine will round out your Central Coast wine experience in a grand fashion. Opolo Vineyards is located at 7110 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles. For more information, call (805)238-9593, visit www.opolo.com.