Everything You Need to Know About BlendFest on the Coast

Savor a brilliant blend of wine experiences along coastal Highway 1

Ready to mix it up? BlendFest on the Coast is combining incredible wine experiences along iconic Highway 1. Uncorking February 22-25, 2024 in the charming beach communities of Cambria and San Simeon, savor a symphony of coastal wine events, including a vineyard tour, blending seminar, winemaker dinners and a grand Sunset Tasting. Set along Highway 1’s stunning scenic byway, imagine waves crashing, sun shining and dozens of unique Paso Robles wine blends to discover. Sounds good? Read on for everything you need to know about the exquisite cuvee that is BlendFest on the Coast.

It’s the only Paso Wine event dedicated to blends!

If you’re reading this, you probably already love blended wines. But did you know that BlendFest is the only Paso Wine event dedicated to celebrating the area’s world class wine blends? On the whole, wine blends are exceptionally well-balanced, featuring exciting, nuanced layers of flavor. Savor the best characteristics of several Paso Robles’ wine grapes all in one glorious sip. Needless to say, if you’re new to Paso’s famous blended wines, you’re in for a real treat. You’ll soon find that each BlendFest wine selection is a unique work of art.

Hearst Ranch Winery tasting San Simeon
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting

You’ll be well fed

BlendFest features not one but two gourmet winemaker dinners to keep attendees joyfully satisfied. The first feast kicks off Thursday, Feb. 22  at Oceanpoint Ranch in Cambria, an unforgettable coastal oasis. Indulge in a lavish dining experience along the rugged Cambria coast where pines meet the sea. With a carefully-curated pairing menu featuring wines from four BlendFest winemakers, there’s never a dull bite to be had. As if that weren’t enough, a second winemaker dinner is served Friday, Feb. 23 at the awe-inspiring Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon. Enjoy a chef curated menu culminating in a spectacular seaside sunset. The best part? Esteemed local winemakers will be on-hand to share behind-the-scenes stories and illuminating commentary throughout your meal.

You’ll discover Highway 1’s most charming coastal communities

With surf, sun and stellar sights, Highway 1’s magical landscape complements BlendFest’s exquisite offerings. The festival’s exclusive experiences unfold within the charming coastal communities of Cambria and San Simeon, allowing for maximum fun between sips. Extend your coastal adventure with a leisurely stroll along the newly rebuilt Moonstone Beach boardwalk in Cambria, a stunning sight to behold. Known for its historic downtown full of boutiques, tasting rooms, antique shops and art galleries, Cambria offers no shortage of alluring stops. Meanwhile  in San Simeon, travelers can easily book a tour of opulent Hearst Castle or visit the resident elephant seals. Along Highway 1, there’s plenty to do and see (as well as taste).

Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Hearst Castle in San Simeon

You’ll tour coastal vineyards (they exist)!

When you think of California wine, you probably imagine oak-studded hills and pastoral vineyards. Although Paso Robles certainly does look like this, the Central Coast is also home to famous vineyards with a coastal view. Who knew? Take a beachy excursion to Derbyshire Vineyards on Thursday, Feb. 22 for proof of this wine country miracle. Picture yourself meandering through the iconic vineyard with its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, soaking up the sun. You’ll learn all about the importance of coastal influence—as well as taste the difference this terroir makes. In fact, you’ll savor offerings from Derby Wine Estates, Aaron Wines and Hawks Hill Ranch, all sourced from Derbyshire’s extraordinary seaside location.

You’ll get creative

It’s not just the winemakers who’ll be showing off their artistry during BlendFest. On Sunday, Feb. 25, Harmony Cellars Paint & Sip invites festival goers of all walks of life to get creative while sipping masterful wines. Perched on a green hilltop overlooking the storybook hamlet of Harmony, Harmony Cellars is a world away from the ordinary. Allow Harmony Cellars award-winning wine and the spectacular coastal countryside spark your inner artist. Hosted by ArtSocial805, this colorful BlendFest event promises to guide participants through the creative process, one brush stroke at a time. Plus, snacks are included! Your ticket encompasses art materials, a glass of wine and a delicious cheese tray.

Oceanpoint Ranch San Simeon
Oceanpoint Ranch, San Simeon

Taste more than 40 wineries in one location

When it comes to Paso Wine blends, more is always more. BlendFest rolls out the red carpet for its attendees, presenting the very best Paso Robles wineries—a whopping 40 of them, to be exact! The Sunset Grand Tasting unfolding at Oceanpoint Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 24 is sure to be an amazing BlendFest finish: Kick back on the Sundance Lawn at Oceanpoint Ranch, sip to your heart’s content and groove to a chill live band. When hunger strikes, The Cowtipper Food Truck provides a slew of savory goodies. Plus, you can choose between the VIP Experience starting at 2 p.m. or the General Admission ticket at 3 p.m. Note: Don’t worry, everyone will get a spectacular sunset finale: the event concludes just as the sun begins its marvelous descent into the sea.

Paso Robles Wine Country is closer to the coast than you think

Easily explore from Highway 1 to wine country. BlendFest takes place in Cambria and San Simeon, only a 40-minute drive from the world renowned Paso Robles wine region. On Sunday, Feb. 25, cruise scenic Highway 46 West from Highway 1 to Paso Robles, stopping at charming wine tasting rooms along the way. It’s a cinch to extend your vacation till Sunday (and you’ll be glad you did). Find an array of exciting Sunday events geared toward BlendFest travelers: Harmony Cellars’ anticipated Paint & Sip event, among others. Discover new favorites, purchase a few bottles, and bring home the essence of BlendFest to share with family and friends.

See you there

See you at BlendFest! BlendFest on the Coast isn’t just an event; it’s a journey into the heart of coastal Paso Wine. To secure your tickets, visit pasowine.com. Now that you’re prepared for the journey, be sure to enjoy every moment exploring stunning Highway 1 and beyond. Cheers to an unforgettable BlendFest experience!