Wine Fest recap and Fourth of July kickoff | Around About North County

Last Friday evening, some of us, who are members of the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Committee, attended the 9th Annual Kiwanis and Mayors’ Winemaker Dinner at the Lake Pavilion. Enjoying the wines served by our Winemaker, Raymond Smith, owner of Indigene Cellars, Carmel Valley, Monterey County, were Carol Porter, Lyn Fowler, Kristie Steele, Kim Jones, and Stacey Medema — along with me.

I enjoyed visiting with Raymond and learning about his wines, which were wonderful, by the way. His winery has a tasting room at 815 12th St., Suite B. It is located between Pine and Park in the alley near Norma Moyes’ Paso Robles Downtown Main Street office in Paso Robles. Be sure to check it out!

The Winemaker Dinner was catered by Pacific Harvest, owned by Dawn and Chef Seth White. I had the salmon which was outstanding, as it always is!

The event’s silent auction and live auction raised a lot of money for the Kiwanis Club’s nonprofit focus for the evening. They included Joy Park, Charles Paddock Zoo, ECHO. Boys & Girls Club of North County, and working with Paso Robles Kiwanis Club, the Tolosa Children’s Dental Center, which provides dental and comprehensive home care for underserved children.

It was a lovely, lively, evening and a great way to kick off our Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival “Reserve Experience” weekend.

The next morning, bright and early, our committee went into action, setting up for the festival that began at 4 p.m. Volunteers started showing up to help and some of them have been with the event for many years and some were new, but we just couldn’t put on the event without them!

It was a beautiful day — not too hot, just very comfortable for sipping wine and other beverages like beer, cider and “spirits.” Of course, the golfers who played in the Optimist Wine Festival Golf Tournament at Chalk Mountain Golf Course that morning loved the weather. Jerry Tanimoto, chairman of that event, was extremely happy with the number of teams that signed up to support the Atascadero Optimist Club’s fundraiser for scholarships for local students.

For those who did not play golf, there was an opportunity to participate in “Wine’d Up”, a Yoga workout in the Sunken Gardens, sponsored by Kennedy Club Fitness.

During the Wine Festival, ticket holders were able to tour the Charles Paddock Zoo and visit the animals, see some of the habitats that proceeds from the event have contributed to, along with tasting more local wines and brews.

It was a great weekend and a chance to show off our beautiful park and lake. Get ready for 2020 when we will celebrate 25 years of producing one of the top wine festivals in the county!

Be ready to celebrate the 4th of July on Thursday by starting your day with pancakes served by the Templeton Fire Department at 7 a.m. Next, find your spot to watch the Templeton Rotary 4th of July Parade. After celebrating in Templeton, journey down to the Atascadero Lake Park around 2 p.m. to listen to Bluegrass music and enjoy some delicious barbecue. Then hop over to the coast for fireworks! What a day that will be — and don’t forget the meaning behind the celebration!

Happy 4th. Cheers!


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