Don’t miss out on an exclusive book signing with Karen MacNeil, who will be signing copies of the new edition of The Wine Bible, this December.Read More
Wine History Project Events
We work with local museums, galleries, archives, and wineries to organize events throughout the county.
Please check the calendar for other wine and agriculture events in the county.
Our thanks to Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland
for making SLO Provisions available.
New Exhibit | The Italians Changed the Landscape of San Luis Obispo County and Wine History – 1900 To The Present | January 2023
Join us for the opening of a brand new exhibit showcasing how Italians transformed the landscape and wine history in San Luis Obispo County. Learn about charcoal and Zinfandel in February 2023!Read More
New Exhibition, Dog Boats and Rum Runners in State Parks – San Luis Obispo County in the Prohibition Era at the historic Spooner House in Montana de Oro State Park, on display until June 2022.Read More
We’re partnering with the Paso Robles History Museum to launch a brand new event series, “An Evening of History & Wine,” starting on October 21st. This first event features EPOCH Estate Wines. Join us as we explore the history of York Mountain and enjoy EPOCH Estate Wines. During this event, you’ll meet resident historian, Jenna Martinez, and winemaker Jordan Fiorentini.Read More
The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski’s legacy.Read More
Join us for the premier of our new film documenting the Amphora Project this December! You’re invited to an evening of film and wine featuring “The Amphora Project – Past Forward” on December 1, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The film shows how ancient winemaking techniques are being explored today by winemakers in San Luis Obispo County.Read More
Café Roma opened its doors in San Luis Obispo in May of 1980 with Maria Rosa and Joseph Rizzo. They married in Italy in 1961 and owned restaurants in both Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada before calling SLO their home. Here is their story of how family and food came together to create a restaurant that has been a part of the San Luis Obispo community for nearly 40 years.Read More
As we learned in the Wine History Project’s Food History event in February, bread in a variety of forms has been a main food staple since the beginning of civilization. “Breaking bread” is a phrase we all can relate to. Whether it is a religious ritual, a family meal, or symbolic gesture, bread has been a part of civilized life for at least 8000 years.Read More
George Trevelyan has been working with shellfish for more than 20 years. He founded his company, Grassy Bar Oyster Company, in 2009 and soon will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The company name describes the intertidal-mudflat sites of oyster beds in the back bay just off Morro Bay. Historically the oyster beds were fringed with eelgrass, but that is now disappearing. George shared with us the long history of growing oysters in Morro Bay and his personal experiences.Read More
The Food History Project had the pleasure of touring one of the most famous and oldest family run...Read More
The history of food and mourning begins with the actual consumption of the deceased – cannibalism. Over time, it changes to the concept of providing food for the departed. Then, by the Middle Ages, funeral food focuses on feeding the living mourners.Read More
The New York Times applied the label to California Cuisine, giving it “Official Status” in 1982...Read More
The Swiss Italians settled on the Central Coast between Cambria and Cayucos with their dairy cows...Read More
March 2018: Christine Maguire of Rinconada Dairy and Libbie Agran gave talks on local cheese making past, present, and future.Read More
February 2018: Phil Tillman gave two talks – one on the Chinese families who settled along the Estero Bluffs on up into Cambria where they harvested and dried a specific light green seaweed and another on the environmental destruction caused by Navy Bean in Arroyo Grande.Read More