Wine & food weekend comes to Avila Beach on Nov. 1-3

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

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‘Harvest on The Coast’ has Winemaker Dinner, Beachfront Grand Tasting, Live Auction and Winery Open Houses

With its vineyards located just five miles from the ocean on average, it’s fitting that the San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective holds its signature harvest season event right next to the Pacific.

Indeed, SLO Coast Wine’s “Harvest on The Coast” weekend offers an open-air Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 2 from noon to 2:30 p.m. that will feature samplings from more than 60 local wineries and chefs at Avila Beach Resort. The festivities will include live music by Ricky Montijo.

The Grand Tasting will then be punctuated by a Live Auction from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. This winemaker-led auction showcases rare wines, themed destination getaways, culinary treats and more. The Live Auction will also feature the “Archie McLaren Fund-A-Need” lot, with all proceeds benefiting a worthy local cause, which will be announced shortly.

Meanwhile, those interested in kicking off the weekend the night before are invited to the Crafted on the Coast collaborative winemaker dinner happening on Friday, November 1 at Filipponi Ranch Cellars in San Luis Obispo, where guests will enjoy sumptuous courses by Chef Jeffery Scott artfully paired with wines from the SLO Coast Wine region.

The delights continue on Sunday, November 3 with Surf’s Up Sunday, where wineries throughout the region host a day of open house offerings such as hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and wine discounts. This event is complimentary to all who attend Saturday’s Grand Tasting event.

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Hosted at the beautiful Filipponi Ranch Cellars in San Luis Obispo, the “Crafted on the Coast” winemaker dinner features courses by Chef Jeffery Scott that are artfully paired with wines from the San Luis Obispo Coast Wine region. The wine reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner service beginning at 6 p.m. Limited tickets ($160) are available as this event will sell out early.

GRAND TASTING – November 2 from noon to 2:30 p.m.
The weekend’s signature event is an open-air, ocean-view Grand Tasting on November 2 at the Avila Beach Resort located at 6464 Ana Bay Road in Avila Beach. The general admission entry fee ($90) covers all food, wine, on-site parking and perimeter seating at the Live Auction. Attendees will enjoy wines and cuisine provided by more than 60 local winemakers, chefs and artisan food producers. Meanwhile, they will be treated to
live music by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ricky Montijo, known for his eclectic mix of soul, rock, Latin, blues, reggae, pop and world music. Also included is “Surf’s Up Sunday” with complimentary tastings and open-house offerings at participating wineries on Sunday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A designated-driver ticket is also available for $40.

LIVE AUCTION – November 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The live auction begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Avila Beach Resort and runs until 5 p.m. Premium table seating at the live auction includes wine service and appetizers (this $130 ticket rate also includes the Grand Tasting from noon to 2:30 p.m., and “Surf’s Up Sunday.” The auction will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies Wendy Thies Sell, who is an Emmy award-winning journalist and beloved local media personality; and Auctioneer John Glines, a veteran ringman, auctioneer and chair for many prominent charity events throughout the state and beyond.

“SURF’S UP SUNDAY” WINERY OPEN HOUSES – November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary wine tasting at participating wineries throughout the SLO Coast Wine region all day on Sunday, November 3! This event is complimentary to all who attend Saturday’s Grand Tasting event. Attendees simply bring their Grand Tasting wristband and wine glass to any participating tasting room on Sunday for all-inclusive tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, wine discounts, 6-pack wine specials and more.

The SLO Coast Wine Collective is proud to partner with the Avila Beach Tourism Alliance. Those who book lodging in Avila Beach will gain automatic access to the Avila Beach Experience Lounge at the Grand Tasting Event on November 2. This is an exclusive chance to enjoy wine and food pairings by the Gardens of Avila restaurant; tastings of reserve and library wines; and interaction with the winemakers and vintners of SLO Coast Wine. Simply book your stay in Avila Beach and be sure to include your lodging information when purchasing your tickets. For a list of lodging partners, please visit

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