Signature Tasting and New “4×2 Passports” Take Annual Event to Next Level on California’s Central Coast
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Just in time to help kick off the first official week of the summer season, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country launches its 27th annual “Roll Out the Barrels” grand tasting celebration with a variety of events happening on June 22–24, all showcasing the fresh flavors of this intimate, cool climate wine region on California’s Central Coast.
“From our signature Barrels in The Plaza tasting to our new ‘4×2 Passport’ experience, we are taking Roll Out The Barrels to the next level,” said Heather Muran, executive director of SLO Wine Country. “This celebration truly reflects the artisanal and intimate character of SLO Wine Country.”
Barrels in The Plaza / Thursday, June 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Barrels in The Plaza is an opportunity to experience the latest flavors crafted by the winemakers, chefs and food artisans of SLO Wine Country. Set amid the charming backdrop of historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, this outdoor walk-around affair is all about savoring tailored food-and-wine pairings while enjoying live music in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo.
The evening features artfully prepared bites from area chefs and restaurants paired with wine tasting from SLO Wine Country’s member wineries, altogether offering more than 50 “tasting stops” for guests. Attendees will also enjoy live music by way of singer-songwriters Bear Market Riot, who specialize in “power-folk Americana.”
During the event, SLO Wine Country will host two “pop-up tastings” lead by local winemakers, and will feature an array of wines along with educational comparative tastings.
“It gives attendees the opportunity to connect with local winemakers directly, ask questions, and learn more about the unique attributes that you can taste in the wines from our coastal region,” Muran said.
The cost is $60 per person, and tickets may be purchased at www.slowine.com/events/roll-out-the-barrels.php
Winery “4×2 Passport Days” / Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
Next, the weekend unfolds with the “4×2 Passport” days, during which attendees may sip their way through SLO Wine Country’s picturesque tasting rooms while enjoying exclusive benefits. Passport holders may visit four wineries of their choice per day (eight total per Passport over two days).
“Our participating wineries have really stepped up to make this an amazing experience,” Muran said. “Offerings include barrel samples, vineyard tours, farm-to-table bites, sensory explorations, gondola rides, live music and special discounts.”
The cost is $75 per person for a 4×2 Passport. A full schedule of activities and ticket purchasing can be accessed at www.slowine.com/events/passport-to-slo-wine-country.php
Thanks to SLO Wine Country’s partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo and area lodging partners, anyone who books a two-night stay in the City of San Luis Obispo will receive an all-inclusive ticket to both Barrels in the Plaza and the “4×2 Passport” days for just $100. This deal is available through https://sanluisobispovacations.com/roll-out-the-barrels/
Early Bird & Bundle Pricing
Now through May 31, an “early bird” deal offers both Barrels in the Plaza and the two-day Passport event for $130 per ticket. After May 31, Barrels in the Plaza will cost $60 per ticket and Passport tickets will be $75. Designated driver tickets are available: $30 for the Barrels in the Plaza event; and $20 for the two-day Passport event.
Complete event details and tickets may be found at www.slowine.com/events/roll-out-the-barrels.php
In the San Luis Obispo Wine Country on California’s Central Coast—or “SLO Wine Country,” as locals call it—the Pacific Ocean shapes our culture, our terrain and our wines. Here, where our wineries boast an average distance of just five miles from the water, the prevailing coastal conditions are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California and beyond. Our ocean-cooled environment fosters unifying qualities that are native to the wines of SLO Wine Country. For details and wine tasting information, visit SLOWine.com.