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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.

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April 2018

The Food History Project Welcomes Farmer Jerry Rutiz

April 9, 2018 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

Our speaker is Jerry Rutiz of Rutiz Family Farms nestled on 30 acres in Arroyo Grande. He will share the history of agriculture in his area and the story of his farming experience and the impact of urbanization on his business.

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May 2018

Wine Becomes Art Exhibit Opening

May 4, 2018 |6:00 pm to 9:00 pm PDT
Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, 1185 Pacific Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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The Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County invites you to the Dallidet Adobe & Gardens for the opening of our new exhibit, Wine Becomes Art, featuring wine bottles painted and etched by local artists.  Join us at Art After Dark. Stroll through the gardens, view beautiful art and learn about early winemaking history in San Luis Obispo County.

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October 2018

Food History Project: Olives and Olive Oil

October 8, 2018 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
$10

Learn about olive trees and the art of making olive oil from Tiber Canyon Ranch who will share their story and the history of olive oil.

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The California Food Revolution Comes to SLO County with Gary Eberle & Ian McPhee

October 14, 2018 |11:00 am to 1:30 pm PDT
McPhee’s Grill, 416 S Main Street
Templeton, CA 93465 United States
$50

Panel discussion with Ian McPhee, Gary Eberle, and Sarah Lohman. Brunch catered by Ian McPhee with wines by Gary Eberle. Location: McPhee’s Grill, 416 S Main Street, Templeton Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm Cost: $50

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January 2019

Food History Study Group

January 14, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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$10

Join us on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:00 at SLO Provisions for a discussion from Captain Mark Tognazzini about the commercial fishing industry along the Central Coast. Come early and order a delicious dinner. $10 donation appreciated.

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February 2019

Farm Bureau ZIN-SLO Exhibit Presentation

February 7, 2019 |5:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST
San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito PLace
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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Please Join Us for Appetizers and Refreshments Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Farm Bureau is happy to be a temporary home to the amazing history and personal stories of local grape growing, winemaking, and the people who made it what it is today. Explore the exhibit currently displayed in our building. Learn more about how and why this history is being preserved through the Wine History Project. Bring your stories too! Guest Speaker: Libbie Agran…

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Archie McLaren Book Launch

February 9, 2019 |11:00 am to 2:00 pm PST
Wine History Project Home Office, 3592 Broad Street, Suite 104
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

The Wine History Project of SLO County has published its first book celebrating Archie McLaren: The Journey from Memphis Blues to the Central Coast Wine Revolution. It is written in Archie’s voice as told to the Wine History Project. The cover you will recognize is by artist James-Paul Brown. Please join us in this celebration. Email us at info@winehistoryproject.org to RSVP.

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Food History Meeting Feb 2019

February 11, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST
Breaking Bread, 3536 S Higuera St #210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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breaking bread

We have a special treat for this month's Food History Project meeting: a field trip to Breaking Bread Bakery in San Luis Obispo on South Higuera. Glenna and Mark Evans will be giving the talk and will include a tour and samples. We will bake and compare bread made from different heritage grains grown and milled in California. There is plenty of parking right out front. Please RSVP to karen@winehistoryproject.org so that we can be sure to have enough seats.…

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March 2019

Exhibit: Wine Becomes Art at SLOMA

March 1, 2019 to April 14, 2019
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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Wine Becomes Art

"Generations" by Marsha Rebstock, 2011"Dance with the Pomegrantes" by Yuroz, 2016"The Kiss" by James-Paul BrownMarch 1 to April 14, 2019, at San Luis Museum of Art Wine Becomes Art is an exhibit featuring original works and art etchings on wine bottles at the SLO Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo. Wine Becomes Art is the culmination of artists and winemakers tying their artistic craftsmanship together to create works of art while helping to promote the Central Coast wine industry.…

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SLOMA: Art After Dark – Wine Becomes Art Exhibition Opening

March 1, 2019 |6:00 am to 9:00 pm PST
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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Wine Becomes Art

The Wine History Project presents Wine Becomes Art, in San Luis Obispo County, an exhibit featuring original works and art etchings on wine bottles. This exhibit includes original works by James-Paul Brown, Yuroz, Gary Conway, Candice Norcross, Colleen Gnos, Michael Masicampo, and artists of the Mano Tinta Project. Wine Becomes Art opens March 1 at Art After Dark. Artist James-Paul Brown will be reading. The exhibit…

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Wine Becomes Art Exhibition: Brian Talley Discusses the Mano Tinta Project

March 3, 2019 |2:00 pm to 5:00 pm PST
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers was established in 2004 by Brian and Johnine Talley to provide grants to organizations that assist San Luis Obispo County agricultural workers and their families. Mano Tinta wine is the key fundraising effort for the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers. Mano Tinta ("Red Hand" in Spanish) was chosen to signify the pride and commitment of farm workers to their craft. All of the grapes, materials, and services…

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The Food History Project: Swiss-Italian Farming History with the Filipponi Family

March 11, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT
Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States
$10
Filipponi Ranch Cellars

The Food History Project will host an informative discussion with Herb Filipponi, owner of Filipponi Ranch Cellars.  Herb, the son of a Swiss-Italian immigrant, will share the history of the family-operated dairy in San Luis Obispo in 1938. The dairy was located just a quarter mile from the narrow gauge, Pacific Coast Railway that carried products from San Luis to Harford Pier in Avila Beach.  

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SLO FILM FEST: Uncrushable

March 14, 2019 |2:00 pm to 3:30 pm PDT
Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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$15
San Luis Obispo International Film Festiva

Sponsored by Travel Paso, The Wine History Project of SLO County and Krush 92.5
Receptions sponsored by JUSTIN Winery & Downtown Wineries of Paso Robles

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April 2019

Food History Meeting April 2019

April 8, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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$10

The Food History Project will host an informative discussion on Farm Fresh Foods and the Creation of SLO Provisions with SLO Provisions co-owner, Steve Bland and Chef Sam Williams about the dynamics of working with local farmers and purveyors to curate their signature, farm to table cuisine. Originally launched as a convenient spot for from-scratch, take-away fare and select gourmet food products, SLO Provisions has now evolved into a community touchstone, offering dine-in options with house-roasted rotisserie meats, family-style dinners,…

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May 2019

Food History Meeting May 2019

May 13, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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$10
Cristy Christie & Jac Reid

Join the Food History Project for our next lecture on Monday, May 13th at 5:30pm at SLO Provisions, where we will dive deep into soil health and learn more about creating and maintaining a healthy garden with speaker Cristy Christie from Black Diamond VermiCompost. 

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June 2019

Food History Meeting June 2019

June 10, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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$10
SLO Farmers Market

What better way to welcome our favorite season than with a visit from the good folks that bring the SLO Downtown Farmers' Market to us every Thursday night. Few of us can remember the days before the Thursday night Farmers' Market was a focal point of downtown San Luis Obispo, but our guest speakers, Bettina Swigger and Whitney Chaney will tell us how it all came about. Join us Monday, June 10, 5:30-7:00 pm, at SLO Provisions, for a lively…

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July 2019

Food History Meeting July 2019

July 8, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
FarmStead ED

Lynette Sonne of FarmsteadEd and Barbara Hartley of Hartley Farms will talk about the local connection to produce.  The event will be held at SLO Provisions in San Luis Obispo. In 2014, Lynette Sonne launched FARMstead ED as a way to promote locally grown & locally made products through pop-up workshops and helping connect locals to farms, ranches & production facilities while educating them about where our food is being grown & made. She will discuss her tours and farmstead…

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August 2019

apples

Apples, Apples, Apples! Who can eat just one a day?

August 12, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

Mike Cirone, of Cirone Farms, will be joining us for a crisp discussion of the apples grown in See Canyon. You'll probably recognize Mike if you have ever been to the Farmers' Market; he has been around forever. A SLO native and Cal Poly Food Science graduate, Mike will be here to share the history of apples, and specifically his method of farming and the unique varieties of apples grown at Cirone Farms. Come early and enjoy a meal or…

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September 2019

Cafe Roma, San Luis Obispo

Now That’s Italian!

September 9, 2019 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
Café Roma, 1020 Railroad Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

Join us for an informal gathering at Café Roma. The Rizzo family will be sharing the history of their Italian roots, family food and wine favorites, and how they came to bring their authentic Italian flavors to the Central Coast.  Cost is $15/person (covers tastes and samples) with wine available for purchase.  Please RSVP by CLICKING HERE or email Karen@winehistoryproject.org to reserve your seat. We have a wonderful event. Read the event recap.

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December 2019

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)

Cal Poly Pavilion Structure Open House

December 8, 2019 |12:00 pm PST
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States

Thirty-six students, working in eight teams from Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, will present their final designs during a public open house.

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January 2020

America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition Documentary Film

Film Screening: America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition

January 17, 2020 |5:00 pm to 8:00 pm PST
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, 2010 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446 United States
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In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition on January 17, 1920, the Wine History Project presents a screening of a rare and insightful film about the impact of Prohibition on California winemaking made by Carla De Luca in collaboration with the Bancroft Library and historian Victor W. Geraci. Prohibition profoundly impacted the lives of farmers and winemakers in San Luis Obispo County including Paderewski, the Busis, the Dusis, the Rottas, the Pesentis, the Yorks, and James…

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America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition Documentary Film

Film Screening: America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition

January 18, 2020 |5:00 pm to 8:00 pm PST
Monday Club of San Luis Obispo, 1815 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition on January 17, 1920, the Wine History Project presents a screening of a rare and insightful film about the impact of Prohibition on California winemaking made by Carla De Luca in collaboration with the Bancroft Library and historian Victor W. Geraci. Prohibition profoundly impacted the lives of farmers and winemakers in San Luis Obispo County including Paderewski, the Busis, the Dusis, the Rottas, the Pesentis, the Yorks, and James…

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March 2020

20th Annual World of Pinot Noir

March 5, 2020 to March 7, 2020
Ritz-Carlton Bacara, 8301 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 United States
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World of Pinot Noir 20th

World of Pinot is an annual event that takes place at the beginning of March and includes three days of in-depth wine seminars, vineyard excursions, grand tastings and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners–all manned by a team of experienced sommeliers.

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91 Harvests Premiers at the SLO Film Festival

March 17, 2020 to March 22, 2020
San Luis Obispo County CA United States
San Luis Obispo International Film Festiva

91 Harvests, the Wine History Project’s documentary film featuring the legacy of the Dusi family in Paso Robles will debut at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM, at the Fremont Theater and Sunday, March 22, 4:00 PM at the Park Cinemas in Paso Robles.

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2020 Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend

March 20, 2020 to March 22, 2020
Paso Robles, Various Location
Paso Robles, CA United States
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend

Once a year Paso Robles toasts our heritage variety, Zinfandel. The 3-day celebration features winery events, a Zin seminar, the Z After Party, and NEW this year – Zinscursions!

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Tom Myers: Made In Paso Film Screening

March 21, 2020 |12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT
Castoro Cellars, 1315 North Bethel Road
Templeton, CA 93465 United States
$15
Tom Myers ©Julia Perez, The Winemakers of Paso Robles.

Preview the Wine History Project’s new film featuring Tom Myers, Winemaker, at Castoro Cellars. Castoro Cellars will be pouring a special flight of Zinfandels created by Winemaker Tom Myers. The event will be a suggested $15 donation, and attendees will learn the history of Castoro Cellars and Tom Myers legacy. Tom Myers has produced and bottled more wine than any other winemaker in San Luis Obispo County.

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10th Annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

March 27, 2020 to March 29, 2020
Palm Desert Palm Desert, CA United States
10th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine

Palm Desert Food & Wine is an annual festival brings together some of the country’s celebrated chefs, extravagant food, and sublime wines from around the world in Palm Desert, a glamorous location in the stunning Southern California desert.

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April 2020

91 Harvests Film Screening

April 6, 2020 |5:30 pm to 8:30 pm PDT
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, 2010 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446 United States
$20

The Wine History Project is excited to announce a special showing of 91 Harvests, the Wine History Project’s documentary film featuring the legacy of the Dusi family, five generations of grape growers and winemakers in Paso Robles.

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2020 Hospice du Rhône Paso Robles

April 23, 2020 to April 25, 2020
Paso Robles Event Center – Mission Square, 2198 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446 United States
Hospice du Rhône Paso Robles

Hospice du Rhône's flagship event in Paso Robles, California gathers an international community to celebrate Rhône wines and winemakers.

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March 2021

Paso Wine Hour Conversation about San Luis Obispo County Wine book

March 4 |3:00 pm to 4:00 pm PST
Paso Wine Hour Conversation about San Luis Obispo County Wine book

Join us for the Paso Wine Hour where we hang out with a few of Paso Robles Wine Country’s personalities. In the conversation, we will delve into the history of our wine region and the people that have helped shape it.

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Now That’s Italian!

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.

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Bread, It’s Been Around for Ages

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.

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Grassy Bar Oyster Company

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.

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Harvesting Seaweed

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.

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