Public events Schedule




LOCATION: The Historic Carlton Hotel, Atascadero


Location: Historic Carlton Hotel Restaurant

January 9 @ 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


“BYOB” – Bring your own bottle that inspires others. Let’s get together, hang out, and have some fun! Join the luminaries of Wine Speak for a casual night of fine food, special wines and industry camaraderie at the Historic Carlton Hotel.  We ask that you bring an inspiring bottle of wine to share in the effort to foster camaraderie and make new friends.  Availability is limited.





Location: Atascadero Lake Pavilion

January 10 @ 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Join a “who’s who” list of Paso Robles wineries and local eateries where our favorite chefs will present wine friendly small plates and winemakers will showcase some of their finest reserve and library bottling. Don't miss this truly unique networking opportunity to hang out, eat great food, taste great wines and meet other like-minded wine friends at this casual and fun event. Availability is limited. 



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Wine Speak’s hospitality development seminars are designed to empower local winery, restaurant and hotel employees with essential professional skills and knowledge. These seminars will be led by an all-star cast of master sommeliers, wine directors and hospitality executives. Location: Atascadero Lake Pavilion

LOCATION: Pavilion at Atascadero Lake

Entire day session price: $150

Lunch break is out on the town, not included

ABC's for Tasting Room Staffs & Restaurant Servers Seminar

January 11 @ 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 


Led by lively and passionate Master Sommelier, Chuck Furuya, this seminar will provide insights into Paso Robles’ place in the global wine experience—and how to serve local wines with expertise and authority. This seminar includes an illuminating comparative wine tasting featuring some of the world’s most notable producers. 


We have assembled quite a prestigious panel of iconic sommeliers to inspire the next generation of prospective wine professionals.  The focus will be on understanding the craft and how to develop essential skills for advancing your career in wine.


    Fred Dame, Master Sommelier

Yes, the Legend is coming to Paso Robles  

    Mark Shishido, Wine Director, Alan Wong’s Restaurant

    Nunzio Alioto MS, Former Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers

    Moderator: Chuck Furuya MS, Partner, DK Restaurants

"So You Want to Be A Wine Professional" Seminar

January 11 @ 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


LUNCH - 1:30-2:30 - Food truck items available for purchase outside the Pavilion. Not included in ticket price.

The Philosophy of Aloha Seminar

 January 11 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.


The Philosophy of Aloha: Building Great Customer Service Culture Seminar 

With a focus on exceptional customer service, this session shares insights into the award-winning hospitality culture that has made Hawaiian Airlines a leading choice for leisure travelers coming to Hawaii. Led by Renee Awana, Hawaiian Airlines’ Managing Director of Product Development, you’ll learn the tools and techniques used to create memorable guest experiences that translate into brand advocates and loyal customers - and be able to apply them to your own training and service initiatives.


Renee Awana, Managing Director of Product Development, Hawaiian Airlines

 Renee is responsible for creating and implementing strategies for all aspects of the guest experience onboard.  Her key focus is exceptional inflight hospitality and ensuring “our guests’ vacations begin the moment they board the aircraft.” This means not only bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii onboard, but more importantly, building and fostering meaningful interactions between guests and the crew – and creating fiercely loyal customers as a result. In addition to her time at Hawaiian Airlines, Renee has over 25 years’ experience in marketing, brand strategy, advertising, public relations and business development.  Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, she served as the Vice President and Head of Marketing at wireless telecom company Mobi PCS and previously managed marketing efforts for companies in the hospitality, environmental and fitness industries. 


Alisa Onishi, Director of Brand Management & Development at Hawaiian Airlines

Alisa is the Director of Brand Management & Development at Hawaiian Airlines and is responsible for overseeing Hawaiian Airlines’ global brand strategy and visual identity. Most recently tackling a brand refresh, including a new logo, livery and visual system, a new uniform launch and a partnership with Disney’s Moana, Alisa identifies opportunities to partner with the right designers, producers, and suppliers to extend the Hawaiian Airlines brand into every aspect of the guest experience. Focusing her efforts on delivering consistency throughout the entire guest experience, Alisa pays attention to the details and nuances of the brand and the perceptions of the brand in various markets Hawaiian serves to stay relevant and unique in a very competition industry.

Onishi has nearly 13 years of combined experience in the areas of marketing, brand management, promotions, customer loyalty, sales and product

development. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, she served as marketing communications manager – brand & customer experience at Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. and marketing manager at Coral Wireless (dba Mobi PCS).