One of the unique features of Wine Speak is our commitment to professional hospitality development. Recognizing that hospitality is a crucial component of the wine experience, we offer a full day dedicated to empowering local winery, restaurant and hotel employees with skills that heighten performance and elevate the bottom line. Our Hospitality Day seminars are led by an all-star cast of master sommeliers, wine directors and hospitality executives—all of whom impart lasting lessons that help us all raise our hospitality game.
“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.
In this panel discussion, two leading Zinfandel producers—one from the Central Coast, another from the North Coast—will share their philosophies on this native variety, and answer a key question along the way: What does Zinfandel’s past tell us about its future?
Randy Caparoso -- longtime award-winning restaurateur and Editor-at-Large of The SOMM Journal -- and Chef Cheyne Jackson of Santa Margarita’s The Range Restaurant have combined their talents to create an ultimate luncheon highlighting four of Paso Robles’ most amazing winesalents to create an ultimate luncheon highlighting four of Paso Robles’ most amazing wines . . .
It begins with experts Peter Neptune, MS, and Matt Kettmann and others sharing insights into the history of blends and their importance in today’s winemaking world. Next, winemakers Mike Sinor and Stewart Cameron of Ancient Peaks Winery will present you with four separate red varietal lots from Margarita Vineyard. They will talk about both the technical and artistic aspects of blending, then turn you loose to create your own special blend. At the conclusion, your blend will be bottled, labeled and wax-dipped for you to enjoy back home.
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.
Ticket includes one hour early admittance to the Grand Tasting and exclusive access to all wines and producers. A limited amount of tickets are available.
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. . .
Regular entrance tickets still available!
RHÔNE RENEGADE: MOURVÈDRE
Stand-alone bottlings of Mourvèdre are gaining ground in the New World. In this focus panel, we will tap into the wisdom of two winemaking stalwarts to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing this emergent variety.
GRENACHE - THE NEXT CHAPTER
Grenache is one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in the world. Joining us for this panel are two of the best Grenache producers in the New World—Justin Smith of Saxum (Paso Robles, California) and Richard Betts, MS, of Sucette (Vine Vale, Barossa Valley, Australia). . .
At the inaugural Wine Speak, seven Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers—from Napa Valley, Columbia Valley, Victoria (Australia), Happy Canyon, Paso Robles and Ballard Canyon—came to share their insight into what this global grape variety can be . . .
Start the week off right by spending an evening “out on the town”. Below is a listing of special events offered by friends of Wine Speak Paso Robles. These events can be booked directly with organizing producers
OPTION 1: CAB Collective Dinner with Winemakers at Thomas Hill Organics $80pp BUY TICKETS
OPTION 2: Turley Wine Cellars & Woodfire Pizza $45pp BUY TICKETS
This is a intimate and interactive day of tours highlighting some of the top Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux producers in the Paso Robles Area. You will receive a behind the scenes tour with each producer and special access to vineyard sites. Stops will include: Austin Hope Vineyard, Niner Wine Estates, and Daou Vineyards. The tour will include a memorable private lunch at Niner Wine Estates. Transportation is included, pick up from the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero.
This is a intimate and interactive day of tours highlighting some of the top Rhone producers in the Paso Robles Area. You will receive a behind the scenes tour with each producer and special access to vineyard sites. Stops will include: Epoch Estate Wines, Caliza Winery, and TH Estate Wines. The tour will include a memorable private lunch at TH Estate Wines. Transportation is included, pick up from the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero.