Esprit Du Vin is an annual event celebrating the wineries along Highway 46 East in Paso Robles, CA.
These wineries are part of the larger Paso Robles American Viticulture Area, which spans over 650,000 acres stretching from San Miguel in the north to Santa Margarita in the South, and from the Santa Lucia Mountains in the West to Shandon in the East.
In 2014 the Paso Robles AVA was broken down into eleven sub-districts, three of which call Highway 46 E home: the Geneseo District, the Estrella District, and the San Juan Creek District.
The vast majority of the wineries that participated in this year’s Esprit Du Vin were from the Geneseo and Estrella Districts, with one winery technically outside the boundaries but still close enough geographically to produce similar wines.
This year’s event saw 20 wineries participating, each of which were pouring two of their best varietals. The wineries also paired at least one of their varietals with cheese, which meant there were forty wines and at least 20 cheeses to sample throughout the event.
In addition to the wine and cheese pairings (as if that wasn’t delicious enough), several local caterers and food truck vendors provided additional bites throughout the night. Guests were treated to mac & cheese from RailRoad BBQ, Meatballs by Paso Catering, Cheesecake Bites by Farmhouse Sweets, and more.
Acoustify, a popular local band, provided the live music throughout the event, singing the classic rock, country, and pop songs they are well known for and providing the perfect atmosphere for a really fun night exploring the incredible wineries along Highway 46 E.
2015 Willow Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with Fontal
BARR ESTATE WINERY
Paired with Tres Leches
BODEGA de EDGAR
Paired with Manchengo
BROKEN EARTH WINERY
2016 Limited Release Tannat
Paired with Chaumes
2018 Limited Release Viognier
EOS ESTATE WINERY
2016 Reserve White Wine
Paired with Tangy Goat Cheese with Orange Blossom Honey
2016 Estate Zinfandel
GLUNZ FAMILY WINERY & CELLARS
2018 Spanish Springs Pinot Noir
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Both paired with Irish Extra Sharp White Cheddar
PARIS VALLEY ROAD WINERY
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with Comté
2016 Cabernet Franc
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired OG Kristal
2012 Cabernet Franc
SAN ANTONIO WINERY
2015 San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red
Paired with Alp Blossom
2018 San Simeon Viognier
2016 Chorum Reserve
Paired with Vlaskaas
2017 Syrah Reserve
If you missed Esprit Du Vin, don’t worry – there are plenty of other events you can attend throughout the year celebrating the wineries of 46 East:
WINERIES OF 46 EAST PASSPORT EVENT
First Sunday in June
A fun and memorable 46 East Passport Event including progressive games and 46 East prizes, plus complimentary tasting at all participating wineries all weekend log!
ZOO TO YOU HALLOWEEN POKER RUN PASSPORT EVENT
Saturday on or before Halloween
A fun 46 East progressive poker run with complimentary wine tasting all weekend long! Use your passport as your game board to build your hand for fabulous 46 East prizes. Wear a costume for extra fun and special discounts!
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Second Saturday in December
Shop and sip your way into the holidays with wine and merchandise specials for “all the wine-loving” people on your gift list. Each tasting room will open their house in their own holiday style and traditions with some holiday cheer, treats, and sound so of the season!
ESPRIT DU VIN 2021!
(Saturday of MLK Weekend)
All member wineries of Highway 46 E under one roof for a wine and cheese experience you won’t want to miss!
Keep up with all the wineries and events happening along Highway 46!