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Brecon Estate and CRUSH Vineyard Present Alternative Tastes Wine Fest


May 8th – Alternative Tastes Wine Fest: A Celebration of Unique Varieties, is a two-day extravagant event making its debut this June 7th & 8th, 2024 in Paso Robles. Presented by Brecon Estate and CRUSH Vineyard, the event features over 20 local boutique winemakers pouring both Albariño and Tannat, two of the top trending varietals on the Central Coast. 

Alabriño hales from the Rias Baixas region of Spain and is exploding in popularity in the U.S. due to its crisp versatility and aromatic qualities. Albariño will be joined by Tannat, the enigmatic, deep-hued, luscious red wine, native to the nearby Pyrenees. 

The concept was born out of the highly popular Tannat & Albariño special interest group tastings hosted by Brecon Estate. CRUSH Vineyard, focused on estate-grown Tannat, approached Brecon Estate with a proposal to help combine the events and throw the doors wide open to the public. Hence “Alternative Tastes” was born! 

“Folks just love these focused wine tastings. Nowhere else can you deep dive into the next potential big thing! In future years, we may focus on other up-and-coming varieties to keep the festival fresh and interesting” said Damian Grindley, Founding Winemaker of Brecon Estate and the festival’s Co-Chair. 

The festival takes place across two days, kicking off with a sunset alfresco VIP Dining Experience at Brecon Estate, followed the next day by two in-depth educational seminars and a walkabout Grand Tasting at Broken Earth. For more information, follow @alternativetasteswinefestival on Instagram, or email albarinosummit@gmail.com. 

Ticket options range from $65-$110 and are now on sale! Get yours here 

Early Bird Pricing Ends May 10th 

Schedule of events: 

  • Friday, June 7 
  • 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM – VIP Dinner Experience at Brecon Estate 
  • Saturday, June 8 
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Seminars (Tannat and Albariño, run simultaneously) 
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – VIP Early Access 
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM – General Admission/Grand Tasting/Charity Auction* 

*A table of silent auction items will include exclusive wines and elevated wine country experience packages. 100% of the auction and net proceeds from the Festival & VIP Dinner will benefit the Paso Robles-based Flag Ranch, a newly established non-profit organization on a mission to help horses and people.